The Centre for the Study of Global Power Competition (CGPC) is staffed by experts from the Departments of Politics, the School of Law, Surrey Business School, and the School of Economics. We host a network of experts from around the world, providing regional insight into the dynamics of global power competition and lending CGPC a truly global perspective.
Meet the team
Dr Nicholas Kitchen
Senior Lecturer in International Relations; Director, Centre for the Study of Global Power Competition (CGPC)
I joined Surrey in 2018 from the London School of Economics, where I had been Assistant Professorial Research Fellow in the United States Centre, Executive Director of the LSE Diplomacy Commission, and Head of Analysis at LSE IDEAS.
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS, and Treasurer and Acting Convenor of the US Foreign Policy Working Group of the British International Studies Association.
Dr Joshua Andresen
Associate Professor of National Security and Foreign Relations Law
Joshua (JD, Yale; PhD, Northwestern) is an international lawyer working in national security and human rights law. His areas of expertise range from the law of armed conflict and international human rights law to anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism, including sanctions compliance and the regulation of cryptocurrencies and exchanges. Joshua’s recent writing has focused on legal questions that arise in modern conflict and counterterrorism operations due to power asymmetries, the geography of the battlespace, and technological developments, with influential pieces appearing in the Yale Journal of International Law, the Harvard National Security Journal, and an anthology by Oxford University Press. Given the practical focus of his work, Joshua has been called upon to advise states, provide expert opinions for international tribunals, and contribute to the work of UN Special Rapporteurs.
Dr Mikolaj Barczentewicz
Senior Lecturer in Public Law and Legal Theory
Mikołaj Barczentewicz joined the School of Law in 2017. His research spans technology law and policy, applications of technology in legal practice and research, UK and EU public law, and legal philosophy. Mikołaj approaches those topics combining traditional methods of law and philosophy with computational methods, building on his experience as a professional computer programmer.
Mikołaj is also a Research Associate of the University of Oxford Centre for Technology and Global Affairs, a Research Associate of the University of Oxford Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government, and a Fellow of the Stanford Law School and University of Vienna Transatlantic Technology Law Forum.
Before joining Surrey, Mikołaj taught law at the University of Oxford. He was also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Melbourne. Mikołaj is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Mikołaj published in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Modern Law Review, Law Quarterly Review, Public Law, Connecticut Law Review and in other journals and edited collections (for details see his personal website).
Professor Bonnie Buchanan
Head of the Department of Finance and Accounting and Professor of Finance
Professor Bonnie Buchanan is the Head of the Department of Finance and Accounting at the Surrey Business School and a Professor of Finance. She is also a member of the Centre of Digital Economy. In 2018-2019, Professor Buchanan served as the Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair of Business and Economics at the Hanken School of Economics, Finland. Prior to this, Professor Buchanan worked at Seattle University where she was the Howard Bosanko Professor in International Finance and Economics and the George Albers Professor. She also served as the MSF program director and MBA program director at Seattle University.
Professor Buchanan has published in leading international journals including the Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Business Ethics, American Business Law Journal. Her research on shareholder proposals has been recognized with the Hoeber Memorial Award for Outstanding Article in American Business Law Journal and her work has been cited in the Financial Times. She has research expertise in FinTech, AI in financial services, securitization, CSR and law and finance. Professor Buchanan has also taught in Australia, Russia and Finland. She is currently the Editor in Chief of Journal of Risk Finance.
Professor Buchanan also appears in the media on FinTech and AI issues.
Professor Juan Carluccio
Professor in International Trade
Juan joined Surrey Business School in 2013. He holds a PhD in Economics from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Paris School of Economics, an Msc Economics from the LSE and a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires. From 2010 he works as researcher in the Bank of France, and his previous working experience includes the Ministry of Finance of Argentina, the WTO and the headquarters of Nestle SA. Juan has previously taught at Sorbonne University and Paris School of Economics and held postdoc positions at College de France and the CEP at LSE.
Dr Laura Chappell
Senior Lecturer in European Politics
Dr Laura Chappell is Senior Lecturer in European Politics. She holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham and an MA in European Studies also from the University of Birmingham. She is the author of Germany, Poland and the Common Security and Defence Policy. Converging Security and Defence Perspectives in an Enlarged EU (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and has published widely on different aspects of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy, Polish and German defence policies as well as gender and European security. She is also co-editor of European Security.
Dr Mona Chitnis
Senior Lecturer in Energy Economics
Mona is a Senior Lecturer in Energy Economics and Director of Surrey Energy Economics Centre (SEEC) at the School of Economics, University of Surrey where she joined as a Lecturer in 2014. She was a Lecturer in Economics at the Department of Economics, University of Aberdeen in 2013-2014. Mona was a Research Fellow in the multidisciplinary Sustainable Lifestyle Research Group (SLRG) and Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE) at the Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES), University of Surrey in 2006-2013. Before joining CES, she worked for almost ten years in the Macroeconomics Department of Management and Planning Organisation (Government) in Tehran as an Expert in Economics and State Planning, and lectured at Alzahra University in Tehran. Mona obtained her BSc, MSc and PhD (2005) all in Economics from the University of Tehran.
Dr Eric Golson
Deputy Head of School, Undergraduate Programme Director, Associate Professor of Economics
Eric Golson is the Deputy Head of Economics and Undergraduate Programme Director at the University of Surrey. As an economist with expertise in economic warfare, trade, finance and international political economy, Eric has travelled the world exploring complex economic warfare issues for governments and businesses. He has published most recently in International Finance regarding the effects of trade blockades on stock market performance, and previously in field journals in Economic History on economic warfare. He has co-authored three books on historical cases of economic warfare, small states and neutrality.
His current research interests include international trade warfare, business decision making during war, effectiveness of economic sanctions, military spending, and resource management in the context of war. An active member of two research clusters at Surrey: Centre for International Macroeconomic Studies (CIMS) within the School of Economics and the Centre for the Study of Global Power Competition (CGPC) within the Politics faculty, Eric was previously a Research Fellow at Oxford University from 2011-2016.
An award-winning Higher Education leader, Eric has an impressive track record in teaching and learning leadership, education policy, student experience, lecturing and assessment, long-term strategy. Promoted to Associate Professor in 2022, Eric is a leading advocate for diversity and inclusion, particularly in areas of neurodiversity such as dyslexia, ADHD and autism. He has won nine teaching awards and had twenty-six nominations in twelve years.
Eric is a natural problem solver: a people person, long-term planner and data-driven technology geek in equal measure, he believes the answer to most economics, business and finance problems can ultimately be found with the right framework and analytical tools. In this context, he has served on several long-term University project teams to transform systems and services.
Eric holds a PhD and PGCHE from the London School of Economics. He earned his BA and MA degrees from the University of Chicago. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Historical Society for his work in Economic History.
Professor Amelia Hadfield
Dean International, Head of Department of Politics, Founder and Former Co-Director of the Centre for Britain and Europe (CBE)
Amelia joined the University of Surrey in January 2019 as Head of the Department of Politics, and Chair in European and International Affairs. Previously she worked as Director of the Centre for European Studies (CEFEUS), a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at Canterbury Christ Church Uni (2013-2018), after positions in Brussels at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and the Institute for European Studies, where she directed the Euromaster degree, as well as the Educational Development (EDU). Amelia is a long-standing Jean Monnet Chair in European Foreign Affairs, allowing her to successfully obtain Erasmus+ funding for the University of Surrey’s Centre for Britain and Europe (based in the Department of Politics), establishing it in 2020 as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. Amelia’s researching, teaching, consulting & postgrad supervising covers a wide range of areas on EU foreign and security policy, as well as new forms of EU-UK relations. These include Common Foreign and Security Policy, Common Security and Defence Policy, EU-US and EU-Canada relations, EU-Russia relations, EU Neighbourhood Policy, EU Development policy (with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa), as well as Arctic & northern governance issues. Additional areas of interest include foreign policy analysis, international and diplomatic history, the role of sovereignty in political history, International Relations theory, international political economy, public policy analysis, the Commonwealth and EU education policy. Amelia is regularly called upon as a guest speaker, external supervisor, research partner, consultant and media pundit on areas of EU foreign affairs, and of late, EU-UK relations. In January 2021, Amelia was appointed Dean International of the University of Surrey, leading the International Engagement Office in supporting the strategic goals of the university on partnership with other universities and networks world-wide, enhanced cutting-edge research cooperation, as well as staff/student mobility.
Dr Malte Kaeding
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
Malte Philipp Kaeding is Senior Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Politics. Previously he lectured at the University of Heidelberg and Hong Kong Baptist University.
He is the co-founder and co-convenor of the Hong Kong Studies Association and an Associate Fellow of the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan, University of Tübingen. Malte is also the director and co-producer of a documentary film on Hong Kong.
Professor Rosalind Malcolm
Professor of Law, Director of Environmental Regulatory Research Group (ERRG)
I am an environmental lawyer and I specialise in looking at the ways law can be used to protect the environment. Recently I have been working on the 'wicked problem' of the polluting waste from plastics and how a circular economy might help to stop the problem of waste. So I look at laws around the ecodesign of products and how they can be implemented to stop the production of waste and pollution. I look at the whole governance frameworks for environmental law including not just the legislation but policy, implementation, enforcement and compliance as well as the impact of property rights. I have been working on the rights to water and sanitation and how they can be used to ensure a decent standard of living for people especially in developing countries. I believe that we will not solve the problem of the degradation of the earth unless we work across disciplines seeking solutions together so I specialise in multidisciplinary research working with social and natural scientists and engineers.
I am the Director of the Environmental Regulatory Research Group (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/errg/) which is a research grouping of individuals and organisations engaged in research, teaching and consultancy into environmental regulation, compliance and enforcement and is part of the Surrey Centre for International and Environmental Law.
I am an associate member of the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey and I also practice as a barrister from Guildford Chambers.
Dr Carole Nakhle
Associate Lecturer in Energy Economics
Dr Carole Nakhle is the founder and CEO of Crystol Energy.
An Energy Economist, she specialises in international petroleum contractual arrangements and fiscal regimes; upstream oil and gas regulations; petroleum revenue management and governance; energy policy, security and investment; and world oil and gas market developments.
With a unique breadth of experience, Dr Nakhle has worked with oil and gas companies (NOCs and IOCs) at the highest levels, governments and policy makers, international organisations, academic institutions and specialised think tanks on a global scale.
She is active on the Governing Board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and Advisory Board of the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. She is a program advisor to the Washington based International Tax and Investment Centre, and regular contributor to Geopolitical Intelligence Services and the Executive Sessions on the Political Economy of Extractive Industries at Columbia University in New York. She is a non-Resident Scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Centre and a Fellow at the Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies. She is also involved in the OECD Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development and lectures at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, University of Surrey in the UK, and Saint Joseph University in Beirut.
With numerous publications to her credit, Dr Nakhle is also an avid commentator on energy in the international media, including Al Arabiyya, the BBC, CNBC, CNN, and France 24, among others.
Dr Nakhle is the author of two widely acclaimed books: Petroleum Taxation: Sharing the Wealth published in 2008, re-printed in 2012, and used as primary reference in leading universities and industry training courses; and Out of the Energy Labyrinth (2007), co-authored with Lord David Howell, former Secretary of State for Energy in the UK. She is the Executive Editor and Author of Newsweek’s special edition ‘New Technological Frontiers in the Oil and Gas Industry’ and the first Guest Blogger for Aspentech.
She has worked on energy projects in more than 45 countries and has been on exploratory visits to the Arctic and North Sea.
Dr Nakhle founded the not-for-profit organisation ‘Access for Women in Energy’ in 2007, with the aim of supporting the development of women in the energy sector, globally. She has also supported the development of similar initiatives in Ghana, Tunisia and the UAE, where she sits on ADIPEC’s Advisory Board for Inclusion and Diversity.
In 2017, Dr Nakhle gave evidence to the UK Parliament International Relations Committee on oil markets and the transformation of power in the Middle East and implications for the UK policy. In the same year, she received the Honorary Professional Recognition Award from the Tunisian Minister of Energy, Mines & Renewable Energy.
Professor Tazeeb Rajwani
Professor of International Business and Strategy / Head of Department of Strategy and International Business
Tazeeb Rajwani is a Chaired Professor in International Business and Strategy and Head of the Department of Strategy and International Business at Surrey Business School. He is also Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management and Fellow at University of Edinburgh. He was previously Professor of International Business and Strategy, Director of Executive Education, Director of Postgraduate Programmes, member of the Senior Management team and member of the Advisory Board at University of Essex. Prior to joining Essex, he was an Associate Professor (Reader) in Strategic Management, Director of Executive MBA and Director of Creating Strategic Advantage (CSA) Executive Programme at Cranfield School of Management. He holds or has held visiting faculty positions at London Business School, Kings College London, University of Warwick, University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh, University of Notre Dame, University of Peking, Strathmore University, ESMT, Queens University, University of Anáhuac, Royal Holloway (University of London), ALBA, Hult International Business School, American University of Beirut, Swiss Hotel Management School and University of Nottingham. He has been a Director of Strategy at a high-tech start-up. Prior to these roles he held a senior management position at KPMG Corporate Finance, where he was an Innovation Champion and member of the Thought Leadership group at KMPG International. His unique role at KPMG also included managing large complex projects globally with a particular focus on Corporate Finance.
An awarding winning researcher and leading global authority on geopolitics, he has written over 50 academic papers, books, chapters, reports and white papers on topics of strategic management, political risk, nonmarket strategy, corporate political activity, corporate social responsibility and business model innovation. His work appears in Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Journal of Management Studies, Academy of Management Perspectives, Global Strategy Journal, Strategic Organization, Long Range Planning, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Groups & Organizations Management, British Journal of Management, Management International Review, Journal of International Management, Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Management Reviews, Journal of Business Research, Organizational Dynamics, Business Horizons, International Business Review and European Management Journal. His research has been reported in the press, including the The Times, Irish Times, BBC, Forbes, Al Jazeera and Financial Times. He has published a highly acclaimed book contracted by Oxford University Press on 'Aligning for Advantage: Competitive Strategies for the Political and Social Arenas' and a 'Routledge Companion to Non-Market Strategy'. He is the Associate Editor at Journal of International Management (ABS 3*), Co-Editor-in-Chief at Multinational Business Review (ABS 2*), editorial board member of Journal of Management Studies (ABS 4*), Journal of World Business (ABS 4*), British Journal of Management (ABS 4*), Long Range Planning (ABS 3*), Journal of Business Research (ABS 3*), Irish Journal of Management (ABS 1*), Journal of Asia Business Studies (ABS 1*) and reviews regularly for Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Journal of World Business, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Organization, Business and Society, Journal of International Management, Long Range Planning, British Journal of Management, and other leading world class journals. He has also been involved in a £1.2M ESRC grant focused on AI and economic growth.
As a recipient of various teaching awards from highly respected universities, he has gained a broad range of executive teaching experience, e.g. IT, energy, casinos, consumer goods, insurance, automotives, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, banking, hospitality and several government bodies. He has taught and facilitated many discussions with executives from major organisations such as Oracle, KPMG, PwC, IBM, EDF Energy, Royal Sun Alliance, Philips, Saudi Aramco, Qatar Petroleum, HSBC, Coca Cola, Henkel, Jaguar Land Rover, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), EY, National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), HP, Gulf bank, Co-operative Retail Bank, Telekom Malaysia, South African Airways, Ministry of Defence (MOD), Central Bank of Nigeria, Avon and Somerset Probation Trust, Actavis, Groupe Aeroplan, Stanbic Bank, China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC), Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation, Rank Group, United Nations (UN), Quadrangle, Cisco Systems and others. He has facilitated senior management and board level workshops and runs executive programs on corporate strategy, strategic leadership and international business in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America.
He has previously studied at the University of Surrey, University of Nottingham, University of Cambridge (Visiting PhD scholar) and has a PhD from Imperial College London. He is also an active member of Strategic Management Society, Academy of International Business and Academy of Management. He is Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Member of World Economic Forum (WEF) Expert Network, Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) where he was also board member for their Learning strategy task group (2011-2015).
Dr Arman Sarvarian
Reader in Public International Law
Dr Sarvarian is a public international law generalist of broad interests and expertise. Appointed Lecturer in 2012, he was promoted Senior Lecturer in 2016 and Reader in 2020. His scholarship has been published in leading journals, including the European Journal of International Law, The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals and the International & Comparative Law Quarterly. He has served as legal adviser to the UN Mission of the Republic of Armenia and delegate of Armenia to the Legal Committee of the General Assembly (2019), the Rules and Regulations Amendment Process of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (2019-2021) and Working Group III (Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform) of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (2021-Present). He also served as judge ad hoc at the European Court of Human Rights on one case in 2020.
His monograph Professional Ethics at the International Bar (Oxford University Press, International Courts and Tribunals Series, 19 September 2013) is the first comprehensive work on the subject and has been widely cited, including in proceedings before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, investment arbitrations and the International Court of Justice. He was also lead editor of an edited volume (Procedural Fairness in International Courts and Tribunals) published by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in November 2015. He is currently embarked on a book project under commission from Oxford University Press in its Library of International Law Series entitled 'The Law of State Succession: Principles and Practice'.
He served as Co-Rapporteur of the International Law Association Committee on the Procedure of International Courts and Tribunals from 2016 to 2020, which resulted in a Final Report and Resolution containing proposals for reform to the rules of procedure and working practices of the International Court of Justice, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Permanent Court of Arbitration and WTO Dispute Settlement System. He was a member of the International Bar Association Task Force on Counsel Ethics in International Arbitration throughout the drafting of the IBA Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration 2013, which inspired the London Court of International Arbitration to enact the first binding ethical rules for counsel in international commercial arbitration in 2014. His written evidence has been cited in reports on intervention by the House of Commons Defence Select Committee and on succession to membership of the European Union by the Scottish Parliament European Union and External Relations Committee.
Dr Kirill Shakhnov
Lecturer in Economics
Kirill Shakhnovis a Lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of Surrey.
Postgraduate Research Student
Research project: Grand strategic responses to relative decline: a neoclassical realist theory
How do great powers behave when their power is in decline? Do they burst forth in defence of what they may lose or do they opt for prudence by reducing external commitments? Existing theories of strategic adjustment provide a number of static models, split into these predicting policy continuity and to those expecting actors to re-structure their commitments so as to survive in a competitive state “market”. Still, what neither approach captures is that past declining powers have selected both 'options'. In response, a neoclassical realist theory of strategic adjustment is developed, proposing an interactive and longitudinal model so as to capture historical 'messiness'.
Professor Alan Woodward
Professor Alan Woodward is an internationally renowned computer security expert with particular expertise and current research interests in cyber security, covert communications, forensic computing and image/signal processing.
Alan began his academic career as a physicist. However, he developed an interest in computing early on through signal processing for gamma ray burst detectors, and so switched to engineering after being an undergraduate at the Department of Physics & Astronomy. His post graduate research at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southampton, was in adaptive filtering, and novel methods of recovering corrupted signals. Alan also worked on novel methods of noise cancellation, both passive and active.
After leaving the ISVR Alan worked for the UK government for many years. He continues to provide advice to governmental organisations such as Europol through the European Centre for Cyber Crime (EC3), as well as private sector organisations as an independent consultant.
Alan has been involved in some of the most significant advances in computer technology which have seen him elected as a Fellow of British Computer Society, Institute of Physics and the Royal Statistical Society. He is also a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Practitioner, and a Chartered Physicist.
In addition to his academic and government work, Alan has filled senior management roles in businesses focussed on various aspects of Information Technology (IT). In 2000 Alan was pivotal in the flotation of Charteris plc on the London Stock Exchange. He remained a director until 2008 at which point he began to focus back on his academic interests. Alan continues to be a director of businesses involved in IT.
Although Alan has been at the leading edge of technology development for many years, he is primarily a particularly good communicator. He is known for his ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple, yet passionate manner. He spends an increasing amount of his time on public engagement in STEM. Alan not only publishes in the academic and trade journals but has articles in the national press and comments on TV and radio.
Just a sample of the stories Professor Woodward has contributed to includes:
If you say your device is ‘unhackable’, you’re just asking for it – The Register
Is your computer slower than normal? – The Daily Mail
Professor Maurizio Zanardi
Head of School of Economics, Professor in Economics
I am a Professor of Economics and Head of the School of Economics at the University of Surrey. Before joining the University of Surrey (in January 2021), I held appointments at Lancaster University, Université libre de Bruxelles, Tilburg University, and the University of Glasgow. I am also a Co-Director of the European Trade Study Group (ETSG). I received a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston College and a B.A. in Economics from the Catholic University of Milan (Italy).
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