I have a broad range of research interests in international security and conflict studies. In regional terms, most of my research has explored post-Soviet politics, notably in Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus, but I also retain a strong interest in the politics of Sri Lanka. I am particularly interested in the impact of 'Rising Powers' on issues of peace and conflict in international affairs.
Before joining the University of Exeter in September 2013 I was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford. I completed my PhD in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics, and subsequently worked in political risk analysis in the private sector. I also spent several years working for the Brussels-based think-tank, the International Crisis Group, in their research programmes in Central Asia and in South Asia.