#ScholarSpotlight with Mathieu Blondeel

Blondeel%20Picture.pngMathieu is a Research Fellow at the Warwick Business School – Warwick University (UK). As a political scientist, he specializes in global energy, environmental and climate policy and politics, with a specific focus on the (geo)politics of energy system transformation. He obtained his PhD in International Relations at the Ghent Institute for International Studies, Ghent University (Belgium) where he focussed on the emergence and diffusion of international anti-fossil fuel norms.  

In this chat with Global Policy: Next Generation, Mathieu discusses climate change as the defining issue of our time, research outside of academia, and how Gramsci inspires his work. Read more and watch the video...




#ScholarSpotlight with Amy Janzwood


Janzwood%20photo.pngAmy Janzwood is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia and a visiting fellow at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies. She is a political scientist specializing in Canadian and comparative energy, climate, and environmental policy and politics. Amy has a Ph.D. in Political Science and Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs. 

In this chat with Global Policy: Next Generation, Amy discusses her book project on the influence of social movements against new oil sands pipelines, engaged scholarship that inspires her, and focusing on the process. Read more and watch the video...


#ScholarSpotlight with Karolina Werner


Werner%20GPNG.pngKarolina Werner is the NEST Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction at Western University and Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Studies at Carleton University. She holds a PhD in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs and specializes in governance, inclusion, and peace and conflict, especially in the context of sub-Saharan Africa. She is co-founder of the Institute for Natural Resources and Sustainable Development and Theme Leader. She previously held appointments at the University of Ottawa, Centre for International Governance Innovation, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).  

In this chat with Global Policy: Next Generation, Karolina discusses how indigeneity is significant to global policy, decolonising her discipline, and what she wishes she had known as a first-gen student. Read more...

#ScholarSpotlight with Caroline Tynan

Tynan%20Photo%20for%20GP.pngCaroline is currently the ACLS postdoctoral fellow and research manager with the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York, where she helps to document and analyze global trends in legal and physical assaults on journalists. She completed her PhD in political science in 2019 at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she also has taught several courses in international and comparative politics. She is currently working on a project documenting attacks on the media in Yemen.

In this chat with Global Policy: Next Generation, Caroline discusses her new book on Saudi interventions in Yemen, thinking through writing, and the academics who inspire her. Read more and watch the video...


#ScholarSpotlight with Emma Lecavalier

Headshot%202.pngEmma Lecavalier is a Vanier CGS Doctoral Scholar in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research focuses on cities and global climate and environmental governance. She is a Fellow at the Global Policy Institute at Durham University and a Research Assistant with the Environmental Governance Lab at the University of Toronto. Previously, Emma spent two years as a researcher with the Global Risk Governance Programme at the University of Cape Town where she researched sustainable energy transitions in China and India. Emma holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford and a BA (Hons) in Political Science and Global Development from Western University (Canada).

In this chat with Global Policy: Next Generation, Emma discusses her research on urban climate governance, how saying yes has shaped her research, and the value of collaborating with practitioners. Read more...

#ScholarSpotlight with Luciano Pollichieni


Picture_GP%20Next%20Generation.png Luciano Pollichieni completed his doctoral research in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham where he is affiliated at the Centre for Conflict Security and Terrorism. His PhD project on "Islamist Mafias" investigated the phenomenon of the crime-terror nexus with a special focus on the activities of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the Haqqani Network. He obtained a BA in Political Science and an MA in International Relations at LUISS Guido Carli University and a second MA in Geopolitics and Global Security at "La Sapienza" University of Rome. He is interested in terrorism and political violence and the crime-terror nexus. 

In this chat with Global Policy: Next Generation, Luciano discusses his research on the intersection of terrorism and organized crime, his personal connection to the topic, and must-read works for those interested in field. Read more and watch the video...

#ScholarSpotlight with Mariah Loukou


Mariah Loukou is currently completing her PhD in Critical Military Studies at City, University of London, where she is examining whether the U.S. armed forces can be transformed by tackling hegemonic masculinities through the female approach. In her current role as Research and Enterprise Policy Officer, Mariah is managing research and enterprise processes and develops new policies with the more recent examples being the Intellectual Property policy and the Conflict of Interest policy. She serves as Elections and Funding Officer of the BISA Post-Graduate Network Committee. 

In this chat with Global Policy: Next Generation, Mariah discusses her research on gender and the military, ideas for transformational change that can inform policymakers, and following her instincts. Read more and watch the video interview...

#ScholarSunday with Alice Martini


Alice Martini, an Associate Professor at the Comillas University, Madrid, where she lectures on International Security Studies and International Conflicts Analysis and Management. Alice also teaches Security Studies, International Political Economy, and International Relations theory for the Queen Mary, University of London IR online programme. 


In this chat with Global Policy: Next Generation, Alice discusses her research on rethinking terrorism, the importance of critical scholars engaging with policymakers, and opening up avenues for early career researchers. Read more...


#ScholarSunday with Anastasia Shesterinina



Anastasia Shesterinina, a Lecturer in International Politics at the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield. Anastasia’s research focuses on understanding mobilisation in armed conflict and raises interesting questions about policymaking in conflict and post-conflict zones. Before taking up her position at the University of Sheffield in 2017, Anastasia was postdoctoral fellow affiliated with the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University.


Anastasia is currently supervising PhD students, conducting doctoral training, and finishing up her book ‘Mobilizing under Uncertainty’. In this chat with Global Policy: Next Generation, Anastasia discusses her work on conflict mobilisation in Abkhazia, the challenges of conducting fieldwork, and offers advice to doctoral and early-career researchers. Read more...


#ScholarSunday with Max Smeets


Max Smeets is a cybersecurity fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), a Research Associate at the Centre for Technology & Global Affairs, University of Oxford, and a non-resident cybersecurity policy fellow at New America. In 2018, he was awarded the Journal of Strategic Studies’ prestigious Amos Perlmutter Prize for the most outstanding publication by a junior faculty member.

We’re lucky to have Max as our inaugural #ScholarSunday feature, a monthly series in which we spotlight the incredible work being done by early career researchers on pressing global policy issues. Max’s current work focuses on the causes underlying cyber proliferation and restraint and is especially relevant for understanding the future of “offensive cyber capabilities”. Read more...