The IAPSS Student Research Committee on Conflict, Security and Crime covers a wide range of research topics that include international conflict, global security, and criminology. The Conflict, Security and Crime SRC welcomes students from any background who wish to engage in multi-disciplinary research. Our ultimate aim is to write, present, and publish single and co-authored academic articles that deal with the aforementioned topics.


davEsther Brito, Chair of the SRC

Esther Brito is finishing a double degree in International Relations and Business Administration at ICADE Business School. She is currently a researcher with the International Women’s Think Tank, covering issues on economics and gender, and has conducted studies on genocide and war crimes in Stanford. Her current work centers on security issues derived from sexual trafficking in South East Asia.

Ayush BanerjeeAyush Banerjee

Ayush Banerjee is a second year undergraduate student, currently pursuing International Relations from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India; with an active interest towards soft power politics, international security, international political theory, geopolitics, area studies and human rights, He believes in creative alternative models to explain policymaking and strategic implementation of International Relations and Public Policy in multiple sectors to reach  a benchmarking far global outlook than the existing. He envisages a synthesis of Liberal and Realist schools and is an ardent post-Modernist. He also focuses on an overall Indian outlook to international issues, as well, since India serves as an exceptional example of international diplomacy.

Ian FlemingIan Fleming

Ian Fleming holds an Honors degree in Bachelor of Arts in International Politics from the University of South Africa. He is about to complete a Masters of Arts in International Politics, with a focus on the North Korea nuclear issue. In the MA dissertation, he analyzes how time delay tactics in nuclear negotiations create an environment conducive for entrapment especially for the stronger parties. He has researched on the Israeli/Palestine conflict negotiations and the security matters. His areas of interest include nuclear proliferation, the conduct of negotiations and the influence of social media on International and national politics.

Maitreyee Shilpa KishorMaitreyee Shilpa Kishor

Maitreyee is a Master’s student at Sciences Po working towards her degree in International Security specializing in South Asia and has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Her research interests include maritime security and competition in the Indian Ocean, Ethnic conflict in South Asia and studying the effects of militarization on society. She is currently studying the conflict in Kashmir and the gendered consequences it has for the affected population.

Dané SmithDané Smith

Dané holds a Honours Degree in Bachelor of Social Science from Monash University. In her dissertation she analyzed the social construction of US securitization agendas across the twenty-first century. Currently she is focused on her studies in Global Diplomacy with University of London’s School of Oriental and Asian Studies. She is particularly interested in education as a tool for development in post-conflict situations. She is also very interested in the Middle East as a region, and the changing nature of citizenship and identity within the region in the face of conflict.

Marja Zimmermann

Marja is currently enrolled in an MA in International Relations at the Free University of Berlin, having previously completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Zagreb. Her current research interests include transnational terrorism and crime; EU & transatlantic security and defence co-operation; and secret service organisations. She is specifically interested in the European Union in addition to the Balkans and its importance for overall European security.

Sasha Erskine

Sasha Erskine is currently completing her Honours in International Relations at the University of Stellenbosh. Her research interests include terrorism and counter-terrorism policy, global security and a focus on the political economies of the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. Sasha completed her undergraduate degree in 2017, majoring in Political Science, International History and French.


Lorand Lorand BodoBodo

Lorand Bodo holds an MA degree in Governance and International Politics and is about to finish his second MA degree in Politics with a focus on Governance of Complex Innovative Technological Systems. Furthermore, he is currently on a four year integrated PhD program at University College London, where his main research interests are (counter-) radicalisation and terrorism. In particular, he focuses on developing data driven (counter-) radicalisation technologies.

KITTSMiles Kitts

Miles has been conferred a PhD in political science from the University of Queensland. His doctoral thesis looks at how to understand the strategic utility of force in counterinsurgency. He has also written a number of columns for the Australian Institute of International Affairs. Miles is the author of many research papers on topics such as understanding of armed conflicts, counterterrorism, analysis of Australian security policy etc. He has participated in many conference and academic events.

Maria KucerovaMária Gajarská Kučerová

Maria holds a PhD from the Department of Political Science of Comenius University. She is interested mostly in the conflict resolution processes and security issues of Sub Saharan African region. In her dissertation thesis Maria focuses on the research of spoilers of peace process and condition which affect the stability of peace as such. She has published several research papers on the importance of local NGOs in the process of conflict resolution, analysed women organization and their role in the civil conflict in West Africa and wrote a book chapter on the threat of Boko Haram in Nigeria. She also publishes op-eds in national newspapers in Slovakia.

SoksaSoksamphoas Immphoas Im

Soksamphoas is a recent postgraduate with academic background in Global Politics, International Relations and Diplomacy. During her graduate studies in Defence, Development and Diplomacy, she has developed a special focus on Global Security Studies, Conflict Analysis and Resolutions through her research on ethnic conflict in Myanmar. Currently Soksamphoas is about to start her PhD this year, specialising in Public Policy in concrete in Social Policy reform concerning with welfare for ageing population in developing country”.