Reader in African Politics, University of Birmingham

Jonathan's research is focused on the place and agency of African states in the international system, particularly in the realm of security and conflict. He is also interested in the nature of authoritarianism and the role of ideas and legitimacy in authoritarian systems. He has a particular interest in eastern Africa and the influence of guerrilla heritage on contemporary patterns of governance, conflict and cooperation. He is also interested in how 'knowledge' on African security and conflict is negotiated and constructed in a range of settings and has led several two Research Council-funded projects on this topic in recent years.


  • –present
    Lecturer in International Development, University of Birmingham