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Project Announcement

Dr Alex Marshall

Partner:
University of Glasgow, UK
Role:
Principal Investigator
Interests:
Global commodity chains
Fieldwork:
Central Asia

Dr Alex Marshall holds a doctorate in History from the University of Glasgow, where he is a Senior Lecturer. He sits on the editorial board of the journal, Small Wars and Insurgencies. He is also a member of the Scottish Centre for War Studies, and sits on the editorial board of the Russian Great War Project, which has gathered more than 150 academic articles to date for publication on the centenary of Russia’s Great War and 1917 revolution. He specialises in insurgency and counter-insurgency, Afghanistan, Russia and Central Asia. In 2011, Yale University Press published his co-authored monograph with Dr Tim Bird of King’s College London, Aghanistan: How the West Lost Its Way. His other books include The Caucasus under Soviet Rule and The Russian General Staff and Asia, 1800-1917. His next major book project is a study of illicit economies and rogue economics.

As project co-ordinator, Dr Marshall will oversee the organisation of project meetings and the European conference. As a fluent Russian speaker, he will participate in field trips to Afghanistan and Russia, as well as gathering data on policy implementation in Turkey during the pilot field trip.

For more details, see his University Homepage.

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Prof Robin Geiß

Partner:
Universität Potsdam, Germany
Role:
Investigator
Interests:
International law and illegal regimes
Fieldwork:
 

Professor Robin Geiß teaches International and European Law at the University of Potsdam. Previously, he worked as Legal Adviser for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva and served as ICRC delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Council. He was conferred his doctorate for a thesis on Failed States in 2003 and holds an LL.M. degree in International Legal Studies from New York University.

More information is available from his University Homepage.

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Eva Kipnis

Partner:
University of Coventry, UK
Role:
Investigator
Interests:
Drugs intervention; Consumption; Kazakhstan
Fieldwork:
Central Asia

Eva Kipnis is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Coventry University Business School. She specialises in cross-cultural consumer psychology and social marketing policies, with a particular focus on the effects of social marketing campaigns on individuals’ engagement in risky health behaviours (drug and alcohol abuse, smoking and eating disorders) in the UK, Russia and Kazakhstan.

Her work has appeared in several journals, such as the Journal of Business Research, the Journal of Marketing Management, Social Business, and the Journal of Research for Consumers. She has secured funding from the British Council.

For more information, visit her University Homepage.

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Dr Lara Spiteri-Cornish

Partner:
University of Coventry, UK
Role:
Investigator
Interests:
Drugs intervention; Consumption; Kazakhstan
Fieldwork:
Central Asia

Dr Lara Spiteri-Cornish holds a doctorate in Marketing from the University of Warwick, which focused on the potentially dangerous effects of compulsive buying. She specialises in social marketing. Her current research projects focus on the effectiveness of public policies on consumer engagement in unhealthy eating behaviours.

More information is available at her University Homepage.

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Dr Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy

Partner:
CNRS, France
Role:
Investigator
Interests:
Geopolitics of production and trafficking
Fieldwork:
North Africa

Dr Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy holds a doctorate in Geography from the Sorbonne University and is a Research Fellow at the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris). He specialises in the geopolitics of illicit drugs in Asia with a special focus on the production of opiates (opium, morphine and heroin) in the ‘Golden Triangle’ (Burma, Laos and Thailand) and ‘Golden Crescent’ (Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan).

His most recent publication is Opium: Uncovering the Politics of the Poppy, Harvard University Press, 2010. Full-text papers and maps can be consulted at his Geopium Website.

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Prof Jonathan Goodhand

Partner:
SOAS, University of London, UK
Role:
Investigator
Interests:
Hybrid political regimes; Afghanistan
Fieldwork:
Central Asia

Prof Jonathan Goodhand completed his PhD at the University of Manchester in 2004 on NGO’s and Peacebuilding in Complex Political Emergencies. He has since worked as an independent consultant for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

He has published extensively on the activity of NGO’s in failed states, war economies, and the role of international aid in reconstruction and development. Amongst his latest publications are Bandits, Borderlands and Opium Wars: Afghan statebuilding viewed from the margins, DIIS Working Paper 2009, and Conflict and Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka: Caught in the Peace Trap?, Taylor and Francis, 2011.

More information is available from his University Homepage.

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Dr David Mansfield

Partner:
Thornley Mansfield Ltd, UK
Role:
Investigator
Interests:
Opium production; Alternative livelihoods; Afghanistan
Fieldwork:
Central Asia

Dr David Mansfield is widely recognised as one of the pre-eminent experts on opium production in Afghanistan. He is the only person that has both been involved with field research and heavily engaged with the policy environment in Afghanistan for more than a decade. He has been conducting in-depth field work in rural Afghanistan every growing season since June 1997. As a result, his work benefits from unique insights gained on the ground from as far back as the Taliban era, and the practical policy experience of having provided technical support to the UK, as well as a range of bilateral, multilateral, national and non-governmental institutions for over a decade.

His work is unique in that it analyses the drugs issue from a cross-cutting perspective. It explores the different and wide-ranging factors that influence opium production. Over the last two decades, David has also worked in a number of drug producing countries in South East Asia and Latin America and is recognised as a leading expert on alternative development. He has supported organisations such as the World Bank, the United Nations, the European Commission and national governments in the design of rural development interventions in opium poppy and coca growing areas.

For more details, visit his Consultancy Website.

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Dr Hans T. van der Veen

Partner:
Visible Hand Research, The Netherlands
Role:
Investigator
Interests:
International prohibition control regimes; Hybrid political regimes; European institutions
Fieldwork:
Central Asia

Dr Hans T. van der Veen completed his PhD in 2003 at the European University Institute on The International Drug Complex: Taxation, Protection, Warfare and the Nature of Rule. Between 2002 and 2005 he was a board member of RISQ (Review of International Social Questions), a web-based association/think tank dealing with ‘soft’/human security issues such as drugs, migration/citizenship, political violence and complex emergencies. Further information on this work is available at the RISQ Website.

In recent years he has undertaken thesis supervision at the University of Amsterdam as well as the Erasmus University, and lectured on Transnational Crime and Policing, Development Studies and International Relations.

He has published widely on international drug policy, including Regulation in Spite of Prohibition: The Control of Cannabis Distribution in Amsterdam in Cultural Critique, Issue 71 (Winter 2009), and The Trans-Mediterranean Drug Complex: Drug Trade, Drug Control and the Prospects for Instituting Social, Political and Economic Rights in Mediterranean Politics Vol. 9:3 (Autumn 2004).

In 2007-2008 he won a European Commission research grant through the AGIS programme.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 285073.

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