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Centre for Conflict, Security and Societies

The Centre for Conflict, Security and Societies promotes the transdisciplinary study of the challenges that international security and conflict pose for global, regional and local communities.

The Centre for Conflict, Security and Societies promotes the transdisciplinary study of the challenges that international security and conflict pose for global, regional and local communities.

The Centre is dedicated to a pluralist understanding of security and conflict that takes account of the different social, cultural, political, economic, and legal implications of security policies, practices, narratives and effects.

The Centre is led by Co-Directors Dr Victoria Basham and Dr Simone Tholens.


The Centre for Conflict, Security and Societies engages in a series of crosscutting areas of research, reflecting the varieties of approaches and methodologies of its members.

These include research into:

  • the materiality of security (weapons, technologies, artefacts, extractive industries)
  • practices of security and insecurity (everyday enactments, habits, rules, organisations, modalities of interventions, militarisation, secrecy, terrorism and counter-terrorism, cyber, contestation)
  • histories of conflict and security (Cold War, narratives, discourses)
  • security agents and agency (practitioners, militaries, movements)


Past events

  • 7 June 2021, *CCSS Comparative Conflict Seminar* Dr Edoardo Baldaro from Free University Brussels presented his work on “Global Rivalries, local trajectories? Framing the violent competition between al-Qa’ida and the Islamic State in the Sahel”
  • 9 March 2021, Dr Nicky Kindersley from Cardiff University, School of History, Archaeology and Religion (SHARE) presented her work on “Cash, debt and military work on the Darfur-South Sudan borderlands”
  • 1 March 2021, *CCSS Comparative Conflict Seminar* Rachel Kowalski from Oxford University presented her research paper “’You have ten seconds to get out’: Provisional IRA Operations, Civilian Casualties, and Collateral Damage”
  • 24 February 2021, *Book presentation*, Dr Kerstin Bree Carlson (University of Southern Denmark) and Dr Sharon Weill (AmericanUniversity of Paris/Sciences Po Paris) presented their co-edited book (with Kim Thuy Selinger) “The President on Trial: Prosecuting Hissène Habré” (Oxford University Press, 2020)
  • 14 December 2020, *Book presentation*, Dr Thomas Leahy (Cardiff University, School of Law and Politics) presented his recently published book “The intelligence war against the IRA” (Cambridge University Press, 2020)
  • 8 December 2020, *Book presentation*, Dr Sara Fregonese from University of Birmingham presented her book “War and the City: Urban Geopolitics of Beirut” (Bloomsbury, 2019)
  • 2 December 2020, *Practitioner seminar*, Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS-UK) Hannah Bond and Eva Tabbasam talked about “What can Civil Society do for the Women, Peace and Security Agenda”
  • 2 November 2020, *CCSS Comparative Conflict Seminar* Eleanor Leah Williams from Queen’s University Belfast, presented her research on “The ethics of state intelligence activities against terrorist groups in Columbia and Northern Ireland”
  • 21 October 2020, *Book presentation* Dr Hager Ben Jaffel (CNRS-France) presented her book “Anglo-European Intelligence Cooperation: Britain in Europe, Europe in Britain” (Routledge, 2020)
  • 25th February 2020, *CCSS Research Seminar* – Professor Christian Bueger, Laboratising Maritime Capacity Building.
  • 11th February 2020, *Meet the Ambassador*: The Norwegian Ambassador to the UK and his Defence Attaché visited the Centre for Conflict, Security and Societies, and gave a lecture on “NATO and Security in Northern Europe”
  • 12th December 2019, *CCSS Brown Bag Lunch*, Victoria Basham discussed reflections from here recent research “A Tale of Two Cities? Conflict, Insecurity and the Societal at London Bridge and Grenfell Tower”
  • 29 November 2019, *Brown Bag lunch meeting* The Centre for Conflict, Security and Societies held its first monthly Brown Bag lunch event. Dr Simone Tholens presented reflections from a recent research mission to Lebanon in a presentation titled “2019 Lebanon Protests and the reaction of the security forces”.
  • 25 October 2019, Roundtable with Alexander Shlyk, Head of the Election Department at Office for Democracy and Human Rights Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The Centre for Conflict, Security and Societies’ sponsored a roundtable with Alexander Shlyk, head of the Election Department at OSCE/ODIHR who provided exciting first-hand insights from OSCE's election observation missions across Europe and Asia. The event was organised by Professor Sergey Radchenko and Dr Christian Arnold.
  • 6th December 2019, “NATO @70: Past and Present” – Centre for Conflict, Security and Societies is co-organising an event with King’s College and the Wilson Centre at King’s College in London on the history and theory of NATO at the margins of the NATO Summit celebrating the Alliane’s 70th anniversary (program attached to be uploaded with this event)

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