International Relations working group

Claire Yorke (Convenor)

Claire is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Southern Denmark, leading a Horizon 2020 project on Empathy and International Security. After receiving her PhD from King’s College London in 2018, she was a Henry A. Kissinger Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University. Before academia, she worked in the Houses of Parliament and Chatham House.

Senyo Agbohlah

Senyo is a Ghanaian / British national that has worked for in banking, for the British Civil Service, Commonwealth Secretariat and United Nations in the U.K., Ethiopia, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Sudan and the U.S. He is an ardent and passionate believer in the need for compassion and empathy in the conduct of international diplomacy / relations.

Negah Angha

Negah Angha is a Ph.D. candidate at King's College London researching Sufi communities and peacebuilding. Negah was a Spring 2023 Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School. Outside of her academic pursuits, she is an associate vice president with The Cohen Group and brings nearly two decades of experience advising the U.S. Department of State and National Security Council leadership on matters of policy development and strategic communication. She is also a non-resident senior fellow with the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs.

Marta Fernandez

Marta is an Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (IRI-PUC/Rio), which awarded her Ph.D. Previously she was the director of IRI/PUC-Rio. She is the President of the Brazilian International Relations Association. She is one of the editors of the series “Global Political Sociology,” published by Palgrave-Macmillan. She was the academic lead in Brazil of the GlobalGRACE (Global Gender and Cultures of Equality) Project. Her current research and publications deal with aesthetics, postcolonial and decolonial perspectives, race, and gender relations.

Leonie Haiden

Leonie Haiden is a doctoral researcher specialising in strategic communications, international nuclear politics, and discourse analysis.

Joshua Hallwright

Josh is currently the acting Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, at Deakin University. He is a humanitarian specialist with more than 12 year’s experience working with a wide range of organisations across Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. He is in the final stages of completing his doctoral research on crisis financing.

Christopher Isike

Christopher is a Professor of African Politics and International Relations in the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria and Director of the African Centre for the Study of the United States, University of Pretoria. He is also the President of the African Association of Political Science, and member, Board of Directors, Global Development Network.

Tres-Ann Kramer

Tres-Ann js Director of the University's Institute of Criminal Justice & Security. A senior democratic governance and political specialist, Dr. Kremer possesses over two decades of expertise in high-level multilateral and bilateral relations. She was previously Lead Political Adviser for the Caribbean region. and served as Assistant Conference Secretary for the bi-annual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) (2017-2021), and also as Assistant Conference Secretary for Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meetings (CFAMM) and the Commonwealth Ministerial Meetings on Belize and Guyana.

Adam Lerner

Adam is an American political scientist who is a senior lecturer and associate professor in politics and international relations, Department of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London, where he also serves as the Deputy Director of Royal Holloway's Centre for International Security (RHISC). His field of research include the politics of victimhood, the political impact of group minds and collective trauma in international politics, and the intersection of international political theory and international history.

Preethi Nallu

Preethi is the global director of Report for the World. She is a writer, researcher, film-maker and advocacy specialist from India. She was founding editor at Refugees Deeply. Born in Iran, raised in India, Preethi's career spans 14 countries across the global north and south. She has worked for mainstream media outlets such as Al Jazeera English and Foreign Policy, global think tanks such as Chatham House, and led multimedia campaigns for the UN and global NGOs such as the Norwegian Refugee Council and International Media Support (IMS).

Daniel Møller Ølgaard

Daniel is a lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Lund University (SE). Daniel’s research is broadly concerned with new technologies and world politics. In his recently defended PhD thesis ‘The Technopolitics of Compassion’, Daniel develops a novel theoretical and methodological framework with which he critically analyse the use of digital media technologies – ranging from social media and virtual reality to donation apps – for humanitarian purposes. Daniel is also affiliated with the research network AI Lund.

Avinash Paliwal

Avinash Paliwal PhD is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at SOAS University of London, specialising in South Asian strategic affairs. A former journalist and foreign affairs analyst, he is the author of India's Near East: A New History (2024) and My Enemy's Enemy: India in Afghanistan from the Soviet Invasion to the US Withdrawal (2017), both published by Hurst Publishers, London.

Paula Sandrin

Paul is Adjunct Professor (tenured) at the Institute of International Relations at PUC-Rio, with a PhD in International Relations from the University of Westminster. Her research topics include affects and emotions in global politics and economics, psychoanalytic approaches in IR, racial issues in IR, and relations between the European Union and Turkey.

Signe Sorensen

Signe is a coach and consultant collaborating with people and organizations working with or in the Global South. As an Applied Compassion Facilitator with The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University she explores how a compassion lens can benefit the international development sector and introduces compassion-based reflections and practices. She builds on her experience as a government advisor and programme manager with the Overseas Development Institute, World Bank and Education Partnerships Group.

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