DR EDWARD STODDARD
Marie Curie Fellow in Conflict Studies at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa
Principal Lecturer in International Relations, University of Portsmouth
I am currently a Marie-Curie Research Fellow in Conflict Studies at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa focued on non-Western actors and the changing character of warfare. Full details of the project can be found below. I am also a Principal Lecturer in IR at the University of Portsmouth where I lecture in security studies (on research leave).
CURRENT (MARIE CURIE) RESEARCH PROJECT: NON-WESTERN POWERS AND THE CHANGING CHARACTER OF WARFARE IN THE EUROPEAN PERIPHERY
Two-year EU-funded Marie Curie project with three main foci:
NON-WESTERN POWERS AND CONTEMPORARY WARFARE
Examining the military actions of non-Western powers.
Most of the recent literature on the changing character of warfare has focused on Western instances of war. But why do non-Western powers go to war? When they do, how do they fight? Do we see the same patterns emerging from non-Western wars (wars with no or only a minimal role for Western states) as we do from those recent wars involving NATO members?
VIOLENT NON-STATE ACTORS, INSURGENCY AND NON-WESTERN WARS
Examining the military actions of sub-state actors in non-Western wars.
Many of the recent studies of insurgency have concentrated on 'counter-western' insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan. This part of the project assesses how violent sub-state groups fight against non-Western states. For example, do non-state actors in Ukraine, Nigeria and Yemen fight in the same way as the Taliban did against NATO forces in Afghanistan? Are the effects of mediatisation of conflcit and power diffusion the same?
DE-CENTERING STRATEGIC CONCEPTS(?)
Critically examining the concepts used to assess contemporary warfare.
How effectively do Western strategic concepts such as asymmetry and hybridity capture conflict dynamics in non-Western wars? How do analysts in the different parts of the world use different concepts to assess contemporary warfare? How universal (or not) are Western concepts in their explanatory power? What other non-Western concepts deserve wider employment in the conflict/war studies literature?
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I am a Principal Lecturer in International Relations and the Subject Leader for Politics and IR at the University of Portsmouth (but on research leave from these duties whilst a Marie Curie fellow at the Scuola Sant'Anna). Ordinarily, at Portsmouth I coordinate the campus and distance learning version of the module 'Contemporary Security in International Relations' and teach on the MA module 'From Security to Risk'. I teach on the first year undergraduate module 'Key Themes in International Relations' and the final year module 'Security Challenges in the 21st Century'. Between 2017 and 2018 I was a Cluster Leader (Citizenship, Governance and Security) for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership between the Universities of Portsmouth, Southampton and Brighton. I continue to be involved with PhD training on this programme via the PhD Training module 'Concepts and Methodologies for Area Studies'. I am on the supervisory team of 8 PhD students with two as first supervisor (Sophie Quintin Adali and Busra Nisa Sarac).
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(Photo@Spc. Zayid Ballesteros).