ESRC Seminar Series (2013-2016)

Explaining the Intervention Matrix: Theory and Practice from Northern and Southern Perspectives

The aim of this project is to explore competing understandings of 'international intervention', i.e. efforts by 'The Global North' to influence the course of events in 'The Global South', in terms of when and how it occurs, what it is meant to achieve, and whether it succeeds.

British Academy Project (2011 - 2014)

On the Receiving End: towards more critical and inclusive perspectives on international intervention

The project, entitled "On the Receiving End: towards more critical and inclusive perspectives on international intervention", will build a teaching and research partnership between Birzeit University in Palestine, the Center for Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS) at the Faculty of Media and CommunicationsSingidunum University in Serbia and the University of Surrey in Guildford in the UK. 

The project will support critical work on international intervention. It will evaluate how international intervention has been practised, document local voices in areas that have experienced international intervention and compare these with the views of policy makers in the UK. Following research training, students in the three locations will develop written and audio-visual course materials on intervention based on their conduct of this primary research and on their reading of the literature. Research training and film-making facilities will be provided to students in all three locations. Two summer-schools on intervention will be delivered (year two in Belgrade; year three in Birzeit). Distance learning access to the Surrey MA in international intervention and parallel provision in participating institutions will be explored; a substantial research project on global legitimacy and international intervention will be planned.

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On the Receiving End of Intervention: Methods in Human Security


Meaning in Occupation: A Westerner's View of the West Bank

by Ciaran Gillespie, PhD student, School of Politics, University of Surrey

Meaning in Occupation - Ciaran Gillespie.pdf (1176.86KB).

Diverse Voices and Ideas on Intervention

In this video Maisaa Aldarsa of Birzeit University and Ahmed Asmar of Al-Azhar University talk about their time attending the summer school run by the Centre for Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS) and taught by Dr Maxine David of University of Surrey.


Project report summary - Year 2

October 2013

Project report summary - Year 1 

September 2012

December 2012

BA project visits

December 2012

On the Receiving End: First meeting of the international team in Surrey

December 2011

Visit to Singidunum University (Centre for Comparative Conflict Studies), Serbia

December 2011

Second visit to Palestine and meeting with President of the British Academy

September 2011

First visit takes place from University of Surrey to Birzeit University

University of Surrey visit to Birzeit University in the West Bank (Occupied Palestinian Territories) in September 2011.

Research on the needs of the Injured and their Families in Northern Ireland (2011 - 2012)

This is a research study to find out about the needs of individuals and their families injured as a result of the Troubles. It has been commissioned by WAVE, a voluntary group made up of those injured and bereaved in the Troubles from both communities and the research is being carried out by a team from the University of Surrey, helped by trained volunteers from local victims groups.

WAVE Final Report  (16 May 2012)

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Research on Conflict-Related Injury Launched at Westminster, May 2012.