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Professor Michael Pugh

PositionEmeritus Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies
LocationPemberton P1.14
DepartmentPeace Studies
Telephone+44 (0)1274 23 5235

Research Interests (key words only)

critical security studies, peacekeeping, political economy of war and peacebuilding, humanitarianism at sea.


Michael Pugh is Emeritus Professor, University of Bradford, Visiting Professor, Nijmegen University and Hon. Prof. University of St Andrews. He was born in Middlesex towards the end of the second world war. His early university education was is New Zealand but was the first PhD in English and American Studies at the University of East Anglia. He subsequently lectured at the Universities of Southampton and Plymouth. His research areas include critical security studies with an emphasis on the political economy of peace formation, peacekeeping, humanitarianism and the UN. His regional focus is the Balkans where he conducts field research. He has frequently presented at conferences and is regularly consulted on peace-related issues.

Study History

BA, Auckland, 1967; MA (Hons) in History Auckland, 1969; PhD in History, UEA, 1976

Professional History

1994–2005      Senior Lecturer; Reader; Professor of International Relations, University of Plymouth

1980–1994      Lecturer, Dept. of Politics, Univ. of Southampton.

1975–1979      Lecturer, History Dept., Massey University, NZ.

1973–1975      Tutor, Sch. of English and American Studies, UEA

Professional Activities

  • 2013– Visiting Professor Radboud University Nijmegen
  • 2012– Hon. Prof. University of St Andrews
  • 2011–12 Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow
  • 2012– Board member, Journal of Peacebuilding
  • 1994–2012  Chief editor and founder of International Peacekeeping, refereed international journal published five yearly, Frank Cass/Routledge.
  • 1997–  Book Series editor, Cass series on Peacekeeping, Cass/Taylor & Francis,  21 published.
  • 2005–08 Member Poverty and Peace Programme Board, Norwegian Research Council
  • 2007– Member Advisory Panel of UN Association-UK&NI
  • 2002–04  Elected Executive Committee member, British International Studies Association
  • 1999-2000: Visiting Associate Professor, Copenhagen Peace Research Institute
  • 1999: Senior Visiting Fellow, EU Institute for Security Studies, Paris
  • 1997: Visiting Lecturer, Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta, and International Maritime Law Institute (UN-IMO), Malta

Research Areas

I have been researching the political economy of transition in the former Yugoslav countries with a particular focus on labour markets, labour rights, remittances and the informal economies. 

Current Projects

Article on ‘Corporate Peace’

Preparing a book for Manchester University Press on the political economy of peacebuilding.

Research Collaborations

Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands; St Cyr Military Academy, France; Danish International Studies Institute; Copenhagen Peace Research Institute; Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI); International Peace Academy (NY); Humanitarian Law Institute (Amsterdam); International Maritime Organisation Maritime Law Institute (Malta); Thomas Watson jr. Institute, Brown University, Providence RI; Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, Malta; Netherlands Institute of International Relations; International Committee of the Red Cross; European Commission Humanitarian Office; Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiations, Geneva; Geneva Centre for Security Policy; Centre for the Democratization of Armed Forces, Geneva; Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia


External Examiner at various times for London, Leeds, St Andrews, SOAS



Pugh, M., Liberal Internationalism, Macmillan/Palgrave, 2013.

Pugh, M., Whose Peace? Critical Perspectives on the Political Economy of Peacebuilding edited with Neil Cooper and Mandy Turner Palgrave/Macmillan, (Pbk edn. 2011).

Pugh, M., and N. Cooper, with J. Goodhand, War Economies in a Regional Context: Challenges of Transformation, Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2004.



Pugh, M. ‘Diverse Narratives of War and Peace: memoirs of an apprentice’, Peacebuilding, Vol2, No.1, 2014.

Pugh., M., ‘Reflections on Aggressive Peace’, International Peacekeeping, vol.19, no.4, 2012, pp.410-25.

Pugh, M., ‘The end of history and the last liberal peacebuilder: a reply to Roland Paris’, with Mandy Turner and Neil Cooper, Review of International Studies Vol. 37, No.4, 2011, pp.1995-2007.

Pugh, M.,  ‘Local Agency and Political Economies of Peacebuilding’, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Vol.11, No.2, 2011, pp.308–20.



Pugh, M.,  ‘The Problem-Solving and Critical Paradigms’, in Roger Mac Ginty (ed.), Routledge Handbook on Peacebuilding, Routledge, 2013, pp.11-24.

Pugh, M., ‘The political economy of Corruption in BiH’, in Ola Listhaug and Sabrina P. Ramet (eds), Bosnia-Herzegovina Since Dayton: Civic and Uncivic Values, Ravenna: Longo Editore, 2013, pp.81-97, with Boris Divjak.

Pugh, M.,‘Statebuilding and Corruption: A Political Economy Perspective’, in Mats Berdal and Dominik Zaum, Political Economy of Peacebuilding: Power After Peace, Routledge, 2013, pp.79–93.

Pugh, M., ‘Peace Operations’, in Paul Williams (ed.), Security Studies, 2nd edn. 2013, pp.393–408.

Pugh, M., ‘The Political Economy of Exit’, in Richard Caplan (ed.), Exit Strategies and State Building, OUP, 2012, pp.276-92.

Pugh, M., 'Institutionalised and Co-opted: Why Human Security has had its Day?', with Mandy Turner and Neil Cooper, in David Chandler and Nik Hynek (eds), Critical Perspectives on Human Security, Routledge, 2011, pp.83–96.

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