The Conflict and Security sub theme looks at the causes, consequences and potential solutions to conflict and security issues.

Sub themes

Conflict and Security

This sub theme addresses the causes, consequences and potential solutions to conflict and security issues across a number of geographic regions. The theme also addresses the challenges that arise in post-conflict environments.

A major Royal United Services Institute report, written by the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies' Prof Gareth Stansfield highlighted the link between the crisis in Egypt and its negative effect on the Syrian civil war and its role in contributing to further destabilisation of the wider Middle East.

Resource Insecurity

Increasing concerns over food security, access to natural resources and addressing the global impact of climate change will form the basis of research on resource insecurity.

Professors Christos Kotsogiannis and Steve McCorriston, two economists in the Business School (together with Prof Michael Finus of the University of Bath) have co-edited an edition of the leading journal in environmental economics, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, on the challenges on securing international agreements to promote cooperation to mitigate the impact of global climate change.

Globalisation and Distribution

How societies address distributional issues associated with globalisation is vital in mitigating conflict risk and addressing the concerns of the most vulnerable. These issues will be addressed by cross-disciplinary research in economics, politics, sociology and history with the latter placing perspectives on current issues in an historical context.

Professors Andrew Thompson and Steve McCorriston recently coordinated an international workshop, Globalisation and Uncertainty, featuring leading historians, economic historians and economists from Harvard, Princeton and Columbia universities on historical perspectives on dealing with recent crises and current challenges facing the global economy.

The Challenge of Rising Powers

The rise of emerging economic powers such as China and India could potentially cause significant structural shifts in the world economy. This sub theme will investigate the potential results of such shifts and involve researchers from business, economics, politics and history.

Dr John Heathershaw is currently leading a major Engineering and Sciences Research Council financed project assessing conflict management in central Asia.

Coping with an Uncertain World

This sub theme will focus on developing an appropriate methodology to deal with risk and insecurity and the development of appropriate policies and governance structures to mitigate and adapt to the potential consequences of these risks.

The Department of Economics recently hosted an event involving leading academics from Europe and the US together with stakeholders (the International Monetary Fund and the Department for International Development). The event, Institutions, trade and Economic development, focused on the development of institutions to address the impact of globalisation and the role of domestic policies that may emerge as alternative solutions to global efforts.