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The aim of the Richardson Institute is to act as a centre for bringing together students and research experts in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University, and the wider university environment with key external actors who are engaged in peace and conflict resolution activities.

Dr Simon Mabon

Director of the Richardson Institute

Simon is a Lecturer in International Relations. His research explores the nexus of religion and International Relations, with particular focus upon the Middle East. He lectures on the second year 'Introduction to Peace Studies' module.

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Contact: s.mabon@lancs.ac.uk

Dr Anderson Jeremiah

Member of the Institute management committee

Anderson JeremiahGrowing up in India surrounded by the plurality of religious expressions and the conflicts it generates, impressed upon me a fascination and curiosity to study religion and its place in our society. Moreover, the growing presence of multiculturalism and multi-faith communities in our globalised world calls for a better understanding of ourselves and our neighbours. It is in this context I am drawn towards Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.

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Contact: a.jeremiah@lancaster.ac.uk

Dr Basil Germond

Member of the Institute management committee

Basil GermondSpecialised in International Relations and maritime affairs, Basil's research particularly focuses on the maritime dimension of the European Union as well as the EU's geopolitical discourse. Basil is member of the Institute's management committee and responsible for the development of distance-learning programmes.

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Contact: b.germond@lancs.ac.uk

Dr Roger Haydon Mitchell

Institute External Partnerships Co-ordinator.

Roger directs a charitable trust that advises the church on negotiating social change. After thirty years of working at community cohesion in British cities and reconciliation issues ensuing from European colonialism, most recently in Africa, he has spent much of the last seven years researching the origins of western sovereignty. His findings are presented in his book Church, Gospel & Empire (Wipf and Stock 2011).

 

Contact: r.h.mitchell@lancs.ac.uk

Dr Kunal Mukherjee

Member of the Institute management committee

Kunal MukherjeeI am currently working on conflicts in Asia with a special focus on India and China's contested borderland regions. I am especially interested in conflicts in Indian Kashmir, the Indian northeast, Chinese Xinjiang and Tibet. With regard to these conflicts, I am looking at the historical background of the conflict, the nature of the conflict and how these conflicts have changed with time, and finally methods of peace building and conflict management. I am especially interested in moving away from traditional top-down approaches towards peace building, and taking a more bottom up approach, which I think is more effective in bringing about long lasting peace.

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Contact: k.mukherjee1@lancaster.ac.uk

Professor Kim Knott

Member of the Institute

Kim Knott

Kim has developed a spatial methodology for contextualising religion, examining its engagement with other social and cultural institutions and issues, and for "breaking open the secular". She has used it to examine religious and secular beliefs and values in diverse locations. She is currently a Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellow researching the role of ideologies, beliefs and commitments in people's motivations and justifications for violent and non-violent action at times of risk and uncertainty. Her research interests include the theorization of space and place; the interrogation of religious and political spaces; spatial metaphors in religious and political discourse; the relationship between religion and non-religion; the 'secular sacred'; media representations of religion; and religion and its intersections with migration, diasporas, diversity and ethnicity.

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Contact: k.knott@lancaster.ac.uk

Professor Ian Reader

Member of the Institute

Ian Reader

Ian is a Professor of Religious Studies who teaches a final year undergraduate course Religion and Violence (PPR362).  A specialist on religious affairs in Japan, he has conducted  research on Aum Shinrikyo, the movement that carried out the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin attack, and published extensively on the links between religion and violence.  He has focused particularly on why some religious groups and activists turn to violence and on what mechanisms, beliefs and situations play a role in this process.  He is also interested in public responses to such issues,  looking  in particular at  the ways in which Aum's violence has altered Japanese public perceptions of religion and examining the implications of such acts for wider concepts of democracy and of freedom of religion in general. 

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Contact: i.reader@lancaster.ac.uk

Dr Sossie Kasbarian

Member of the Institute

Sossie

Sossie’s area of research interest is the contemporary Middle East. She is especially interested in the role transnational civil society can play in peace-building initiatives, and has written on the cases of Cyprus and Turkey in particular. She is the co-editor of the book Diasporas of the Middle East – Contextualising Community (with Anthony Gorman, Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2014). She also co-edited the special issue of the journal Patterns of Prejudice entitled Civil Society rapprochement and high politics stalemate: Mapping the future of Armenian-Turkish relations in the context of the wider Middle East (with Kerem Öktem, forthcoming 2014).

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Contact: s.kasbarian@lancaster.ac.uk

Steve Royle

Fellow of the Richardson Institute

Steve RoyleStephen Royle is a former PhD Candidate the PPR Department at Lancaster. His core research interests include the Middle East and the political economy of Islam. Stephen recently returned to Lancaster after an extended period working in the Middle East.

 

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Lucia Ardovini

Co-ordinator of the Richardson Institute Internship Programme

Lucia ArdoviniLucia is a PHD candidate in the PPR Department at Lancaster. Her main research interests include Political Islam in North Africa and the Arab World, Revolutionary Movements and International Relations of the Middle East. Together with Oliver Fitton, she is the co-ordinator of the Richardson Institute Internship Program (RIIP).

Oliver Fitton

Co-ordinator of the Richardson Institute Internship Programme

Oliver Fittom

Oliver Fitton is a PhD Candidate in the PPR Department at Lancaster University. His core research interests are International Security, Cyber Security and the effects of digital technology on politics outside of the West.

 

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