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Timo A Kivimäki

Professor of International Relations, Leader of the Research Cluster on Conflict and Security, University of Bath

Professor Kivimäki joined the University of Bath in January 2015. Previously he has held professorships at the University of Helsinki, University of Lapland, and at the University of Copenhagen. Professor Kivimäki has also been director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (Copenhagen) and the Institute of Development Studies of the University of Helsinki.

In addition to purely academic work Professor Kivimäki has been a frequent consultant to the Finnish, Danish, Dutch, Russian, Malaysian, Indonesian and Swedish governments, as well as to several UN and EU organizations on conflict and terrorism.

In his forthcoming book Protecting the Global Civilian from Violence: UN discourses and practices in fragile states (London, Routledge 2021), Kivimäki reveals the recipes for success in UN peacekeeping, and shows that the UN is more effective than unilateral great powers at preventing violence in the world. This book continues from the discovery in his book Failure to Protect. The Fatal Consequences of Military Humanitarian Intervention in Conflict (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing) that reveals that unilateral humanitarian interventions fail to protect the global civilian from violence. Professor Kivimäki's book Paradigms of Peace (London: Imperial College Press, 2016) assesses the contribution of various social scientific paradigms to peace research and peace and sets an agenda for constructivist pragmatist peace research. The Long Peace of East Asia by Kivimäki (London: Routledge, 2014) offers a constructivist understanding of the relative peace of East Asia since 1979. Kivimäki's book, Can Peace Research Make Peace. Lessons in Academic Diplomacy (London: Routledge, 2012), was nominated for the prestigious Best Book Prize by the Conflict Research Society in year 2014. Kivimäki's recent articles on peace and conflict topics were published in the Journal of Refugee Studies, Chinese Journal of International Relations, Pacific Focus, the Pacific Review, International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Journal of Peace Research, Asian Security and the Middle East Policy.


  • –present
    Professor of International Relations, University of Bath


  • 1993 
    University of Helsinki, PhD in Political Science/International Politics


Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts