I am a Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester.
My work focuses on ethical issues in international politics. I have particular research expertise on humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect (R2P), Just War Theory, private security, and the alternatives to war (e.g. sanctions).
I have written three books (all with Oxford University Press) and over 25 journal articles since 2007, including in British Journal of Political Science, Ethics & International Affairs, European Journal of International Relations, International Theory, Journal of Political Philosophy, and Review of International Studies.
My most recent book examines the ethics of the alternatives to war (The Alternatives to War: From Sanctions to Nonviolence, Oxford University Press, 2018). A discount flyer is here and an interview with me about the book for the Carnegie Council is here. I have also put together a module guide for teaching the alternatives to war.
My second book considers the ethical challenges posed by the rise of private military and security companies (The Morality of Private War: The Challenges of Private Military and Security Companies, Oxford University Press, 2014).
My first book explores the ethics of humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect, focusing on the question of who should intervene (Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: Who Should Intervene?, Oxford University Press, 2010)
I also currently co-edit a book series on War, Conflict, and Ethics for Routledge. Please feel free to contact me with book ideas.
I gained my PhD from Newcastle University in 2006. From 2007-2009, I was a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of the West of England, Bristol. I joined Manchester in 2009 and was promoted to full professor in 2014. I am currently the Politics REF coordinator and serve on the Governing Council of the ISA. I am also a long-suffering Leyton Orient fan.
I am willing and keen to supervise PhD students in my areas of interest.