Who is in the Security and Governance research group

Find out more about the members of the Security and Governance research group at the University of Hertfordshire.

Group members

Dr Francesca Batzella

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations / European Union, Energy Policy, International Relations

About

I am a lecturer in Politics and International Relations and joined the University of Hertfordshire in June 2016. Prior to this, I studied at the University of Edinburgh where I obtained my PhD in 2015 with a thesis on the external dimension of the energy policy of the European Union (EU).

My research interests include EU external relations, EU institutions, energy policy and International Relations. I am a member of the UACES, University Association for Contemporary European Studies and Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Contact

Email: F.Batzella@herts.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1707 286229
Twitter: @F_Batzella

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Dr Thomas Dunk

Politics Programme Leader / International Law, Land Law, British Politics

About

I joined the University of Hertfordshire Law School in August 2015 as lecturer in Law, being promoted to Senior Lecturer in December 2016. I have previously worked as an associate lecturer and successfully completed a PhD at the University of Exeter. I am the Programme Leader for the BA in Politics and International Relations.

Research

I am currently working on turning my doctoral thesis into a monograph. My thesis takes an evidence-based approach to examining the individual during the creation of international law. The project sets out three new categories of non-state actors, a model that recognises the contribution of individuals and their work within the international system. My further research interests include Public International law, Land Law, Constitutional Law, and British Politics.

Teaching

I am the Programme leader of the BA in Politics and International Relations at the University of Hertfordshire. Within the programme I am currently leading the level 4 module 'Political Systems within Contemporary British Politics' and the level 5 module 'Local Government' as part of the BA in Politics and International Relations.

In 2016, I was awarded the Routledge/ALT Teaching Law with Technology Prize.

Contact

Email: T.Dunk@herts.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1707 284000

Dr Laura Lo Coco

Visiting Lecturer in Politics/Political Philosophy, International Legal Theory, Territory and Sovereignty, Social Norms

About

I am a Visiting Lecturer in Politics/Political Philosophy, International Legal Theory, Territory and Sovereignty and Social Norms at the University of Hertfordshire.

Prior to this, I taught at King's College London, where I obtained my PhD in Law with a thesis on territorial rights and secession. I hold the degrees of Laurea Triennale in Law (LIUC, Italy), Laurea Magistrale in Political Theory (University of Pavia, Italy), and Master of Science in Political Theory (London School of Economics).

Research

My research interests are in the field of political and legal philosophy. My research concerns the nature of territorial rights, their moral justification, and the relation between territorial jurisdiction and sovereignty. In my work I develop a conventionalist theory of territorial rights constrained by a legitimacy threshold. My other research interests include multiculturalism, theories of freedom and justice, and the social norm approach.

Teaching

I am currently teaching on the level 4 module “Introduction to Politics” and leading the level 5 module 'Comparative Political Systems' within the BA Politics and International Relations. I am also teaching on 'Jurisprudence' which forms part of the LLB, and leading a module on 'Secession, territorial Jurisdiction, and International Order' at King's College London.

Contact

Email: L.Lo-Coco@herts.ac.uk

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Dr John McCormack

Post-doctoral Researcher in the Centre for Sustainable Communities / Human Geography, Community Development, Citizenship

About

I am a researcher in the Centre for Sustainable Communities at the University of Hertfordshire as well as a Visiting Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. Prior to joining the university in December 2013, I completed a PhD at the Institute of Education, London, in the subject area of adult and community-based learning for active citizenship.

Inspired by my lengthy career beforehand as a housing co-operative development agent, and a community engagement consultant in housing-led regeneration projects, my research looked at the learning needs of those tenants in social housing, in England, involved in highly complex and contested processes of housing stock transfer. My thesis won the 2012 Building and Social Housing Foundation Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award, in recognition of its capacity to influence policy and practice in relation to this aspect of public service reform.

A qualified teacher in post-compulsory education, I have taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students at Birkbeck, Middlesex University, and the University of Hertfordshire. Whilst at Birkbeck, I and my colleagues in the School of Lifelong Learning won the 2009 Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Local Community, in respect of our community-based and work-based delivery of higher education learning modules.

Research

A transformative intellectual, my research interests reflect my commitment to social justice, my belief in the importance of education in relation to this, and my search for more sustainable ways of living.
Based upon the findings of my PhD research, the research project 'Experience, reflection and rigour: maximising learning from public participation' seeks to explore the potential of critical pedagogy to contribute to the empowerment of citizens by engaging the latter in structured, dialogical reflection upon their participatory activities (and the outcomes of these). A longitudinal, action research exercise, the project would utilise a Freirean approach to dialogue to facilitate awareness amongst citizens of their initial (surface) and more critical (deep) levels of understanding of their experiences, culminating in what Freire describes as ‘consciousness as consciousness of consciousness’ (Freire, 1970).

My research project 'Citizens and consumers: re-imagining the relationship between public service providers and users' examines possible implications arising from our re-conceptualising public service users as citizens, rather than customers. Unashamedly challenging the hegemonic discourse of New Public Management, this project uses conceptual research to construct citizen and consumer typologies. It then uses these typologies as a framework for undertaking quantitative and qualitative research into the responses of - and impacts upon - both service providers and service users in the event of the latter being re-conceptualised as citizens, as distinct from consumers.

Teaching

I am currently teaching on the level 4 module 'Political Systems within Contemporary British Politics' and I am developing a level 6 module on 'Citizenship' within the BA Politics and International Relations.

Contact

Email: J.Mccormack@herts.ac.uk

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Dr Camille Pommel

Senior Lecturer in Law and Academic Conduct Officer of the Hertfordshire Law School / EU Law, Constitutional Law and Politics

About

I am a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Hertfordshire and the Law School’s Academic Conduct Officer.

Research

My current research is focused on the legal use of referenda in Scotland (or the secret life of 239(3) of the Scotland Act).

Teaching

I am currently leading the level 5 modules on 'Constitutional and Administrative Law' and 'Government and Politics' and teaching on the level 5 module 'European Union Law' within the LLB programme. I am also the module leader of the level 4 module “Constitutional Law and Politics” within the BA programme in Politics and International Relations.

Contact

Email: C.Pommel@herts.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1707 286219

Dr Elisa Randazzo

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations / Peacebuilding, Statebuilding, Post-conflict reconstruction

About

I am a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations for the Politics and International Relations programme at the Hertfordshire Law School. Prior to joining UH I taught security studies at UCL, and conflict studies at LSE.

Research

My research interests include post-conflict peace-building, state-building in Kosovo, and local ownership. I have a PhD from the University of Westminster and I am the author of the book Beyond Liberal Peacebuilding: A Critical Exploration of the Local Turn (Routledge, 2017).

Teaching

I am currently teaching on the level 4 module 'International Relations Theory in the Modern World' and leading level 5 module “Strategic Studies”. I am also currently developing the level 4 module 'Introduction to Strategic Studies', the level 5 module “Security and Governance”, the level 6 module 'Peacebuilding and Statebuilding' as well as the level 6 module 'The Politics of Gender' (with Hannah Richter) within the BA programme in Politics and International Relations.

Contact

Email: E.Randazzo@herts.ac.uk

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Hannah Richter

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and Chair of the Security and Governance research group / Post-structuralism, Gilles Deleuze, Biopolitics

About

I joined the Hertfordshire Law School in 2017 as a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations while still completing my PhD in Political and Social thought at the University of Kent. Before joining the University of Hertfordshire I worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent. I hold and MSc in Politics and International Relations with distinction from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in Political Science from the University of Hamburg.

I am a member of the organising collective for the London Conference in Critical Thought and one of the editors for the associated journal London Journal in Critical Thought.

I am the current chair of the ‘Security & Governance’ research group at the University of Hertfordshire.

Research

My dissertation project develops a political theory of sense as a ‘third way’ between linguistic turn and new materialist Continental thought drawing on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Niklas Luhmann’s sociological Systems Theory. Beyond my doctoral research I am interested in and have published on relationality and creativity in Deleuze as well as biopolitical theory, particularly the thought of Giorgio Agamben and Roberto Esposito.

Beyond my PhD research, I am interested in Continental philosophy, post-foundationalism, Critical Theory, biopolitical theory, social theory and Cultural. I am the editor of the collection Biopoitics - Race, Gender, Economy (Rowman & Littlefield International, forthcoming 2018).

Teaching

I am currently teaching on the level 4 module 'Introduction to Politics' and leading the level 5 module 'Political Theory and Philosophy'. I am further developing the level 6 modules 'Post-colonial Theory & Non-Western Philosophy' and 'The Politics of Gender' (with Elisa Randazzo) within the BA in Politics and International Relations.

Contact

Email: H.Richter@herts.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1707 286217

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Dr Ermioni Xanthopoulou

Lecturer in Law / Security vs Freedom, Transnational criminal justice, Mutual trust

About

I am a permanent faculty member of the Hertfordshire Law School, teaching Public, EU and Human Rights Law and being the Research Degree Leader. I am also a qualified advocate in Greece, the managing editor of the UH Law, Criminology and Politics Blog and a member of the Society of Legal Scholars of the UK.

My expertise lies in EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice and was awarded my PhD In July 2017 from King’s College London. I conducted my doctoral studies at King’s College London with funding from the Centre of European law of KCL. Before joining the University of Hertfordshire, I taught EU law at the London School of Economics, volunteered at Amnesty International and completed my Legal Practice Training and studies in Greece, France and the UK.

Research

I am generally interested in the protection of human rights and constitutional freedoms in the context of security-related law beyond the state-level, such as in the struggle against terrorism. My research considers the impact and limitations of the principle of proportionality in the context of instruments operating based on mutual trust, such as the European Arrest Warrant and the Dublin III Regulation. It also unpacks how the concept of mutual trust interacts with human rights in the framework of EU criminal and EU asylum law.

Teaching

I am currently leading the level 5 module 'European Union Law' and the level 6 module 'European Law' and I am teaching on the level 6 module 'Human Rights' within the LLB programme. I am also teaching on the level 4 module 'Constitutional Law and Politics' which is part of the BA in Politics and International Relations.

Contact

Email: e.xanthopoulou@herts.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 1707 286217

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Dr Catherine Menon

Senior Lecturer in Computer Science

About

I’m a senior lecturer in the School of Computer Science, with research interests in the security / safety split, as well as the legal and regulatory framework for risk management. Before joining Hertfordshire I worked in Technology Foresight at Imperial College, as well as spending several years in industry. I hold a PhD in pure mathematics from the University of Adelaide, and a BSc (Hons) from the Australian National University.

Research

My research focuses on the way safety and security risk is managed within the legal framework of the UK. I’m currently looking specifically at autonomous vehicles, and the concepts of ethics in safety and risk proportionality within this domain. I study the contrast between domains with light regulation – such as the automotive industry – and the more heavily-regulated domains of nuclear and defence safety and security. Beyond this, I’m interested more generally in safety argument construction, and in assessment and analysis of risk-benefit trade-offs.

Teaching

I’m currently leading the level 4 module “Human Dimensions”, which considers the role human factors has to play in technological developments. I’m also teaching on the level 5 module “The C Family” and the level 6 module “AI Robotics and Applications”

Contact

Email: c.menon@herts.ac.uk

Tel: 01707 284319

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