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Professor Owen Greene

PositionChair of Management Board
LocationPemberton P1.15
DepartmentPeace Studies and International Development
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 235173

Research Interests (key words only)

Non-proliferation and disarmament (especially conventional and nuclear arms)- Regional Security (especially Europe, East Asia and West Africa; Military transparency, confidence building measures and the UN Arms Register; Multilateral and EU Arms Export controls; Conflict prevention (including intrastate CBMs and light weapons issues; International environmental regimes: development, implementation and effectiveness; Responding to climate change, ozone depletion and sea pollution; Main Geographic Area: Europe; East Asia, CIS, also aspects of West Africa and South Asia


Owen Greene is the author or co-author of 9 books and over 180 research articles, reports or book chapters, plus editor or co-editor of over 15 books, on questions relating to: arms export controls and supplier regimes (including EU, Wassenaar Arrangements, MTCR and NSG) and non-proliferation regimes; arms transparency and confidence-building measures; small arms and light weapons; conflict prevention; democratic governance, security, international assistance and co-operation in conflict-prone regions; security sector reform; regional security (especially Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia); and the development, implementation and effectiveness of international and regional co-operative arrangements relating to international security and international environmental problems.

He has directed and co-directed numerous research projects relevant to this field, and is the Director of the Consultancy contract on 'Conflict, Security and Development' (CSD), between the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and the University of Bradford's Centre for International Cooperation and Security, the major framework contract for providing DFID (and the other 'conflict prevention pool ministries - FCO and MoD) with expert advice and research consultancies on issues relating to conflict, security and development, including conflict reduction and prevention, small arms reduction and control, security sector reform, post-conflict peace-building, assistance to war-torn regions, confidence-building measures and illicit trafficking.

Dr Greene is an internationally recognised expert on issues of conflict and security, and is in high demand as a consultant or special advisor for the UN, OSCE, EU, UK and many governments and multilateral policy negotiations and meetings on such issues.

Recent research and responsibilities have included Consultant to the UN, EU, and OSCE on small arms, leader of EU Council mission to Cambodia on co-operation in tackling small arms; Team leader for FCO scoping study on conflict prevention in the Western Balkans; Scoping Study on Security Sector reform in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Greene has extensive and recent experience with conducting and overseeing projects relating to conflict and conflict prevention in West Africa, East Africa, Balkans, and South Asia as well as in Central and East Asia and Southern Africa.

Professional Activities

  • Visiting Researcher, Dept of Applied Mathematics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  • Lecturer, Vauxhall College, London, and Tutor, Open University, UK.
  • Research Fellow, Faculty of Science, Open University, UK
  • Lecturer, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford
  • Principal Researcher, IEC Project, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria.
  • Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Security Studies, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford
  • Research Director, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford.
  • Director of Centre for International Cooperation and Security, University of Bradford.


  • Author or co-author of over 20 commissioned research/consultancy reports and papers for DFID under Bradford-CSD contract since December 2002 (average 16pp).
  • 'Using military force under international auspices: a mixed system of accountability', chapter in Born, H and Hanggi, H, (eds), The 'Double Democratic Deficit': Parliamentary Accountability and the Use of Force Under International Auspices, Ashgate, UK; March 2004, ISBN 0-7546 3952 5.
  • The Use of Civilian Defence Forces in Conflict: A Brief Study of International Experience. 14 January 2004 (with Jeremy Ginifer, Hooman Perimani).
  • Implementing the Programme of Action 2003: Action by States and Civil Society. With Mike Bourne et al, Produced by Biting the Bullet, International Action Network on Small Arms, 2003, ISBN: 1-898702-28-4.
  • 'The Scope and Implications of a Tracing Mechanism for Small Arms and Light Weapons', UN Institute for Disarmament Research/Small Arms Survey, United Nations, Geneva, Dec 2002 (220pp), pp1 - 46.
  • 'Reaching Consensus in New York: the UN 2001 Small Arms Conference¿, O Greene, E, Laurence and D. Atwood, chapter in K. Krause and P Batchelor (eds), Small Arms Survey 2002: counting the human cost, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2002, pp 203 ¿ 235.
  • 'Euro-Atlantic approaches to CSBMs: Democratic governance of the Security Sector and Confidence-Building¿, in H. Hanggi (ed), Practical Confidence Building Measures: good governance and the security sector, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Working paper No 107, January 2003, pp 27 ¿ 33.
  • Parliamentary oversight of the Security Sector: Principles, mechanisms and Practices, (with H. Born et al), Inter-Parliamentary Union/DCAF, Geneva, 2003 (194 pp).
  • International Security Co-operation: the relevance of parliamentary accountability, in H.Born and H. Hanggi (eds), International Security Co-operation and the Problem of Parliamentary Accountability, Ashgate Press, 2003 (pp 170), pp 1 - 15
  • Security Sector Reform in Africa, April 2003 (DCAF, Geneva), 30pp.
  • 'Challenges of Developing Effective Partnerships and Assistance Programmes to Facilitate the Implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons', invited plenary paper at International Policy Dialogue on UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons: Building Capacity and Partnerships for Implementation, Berlin, 28 - 29 April, 2003, conference paper 17 pp.
  • Transatlantic Dialogue on China: final report, O. Greene et al, German Council on Foreign Relations/Stimpson Centre, Berlin/Washington DC, February 2003 (23 pp) (plus author of two papers to workshops contributing to this dialogue).
  • 'International Standards and Obligations: Norms and Criteria in OECD and EU', in W. Germann and T. Edmunds (eds), Criteria of Success and Failure in Security Sector Reform: Milestones towards the realisation of democratic structures and political oversight, Geneva (220 pp), 2003 forthcoming)
  • 'On Themes and Comparisons', in T, Edmunds (ed), Security Sector Reform in Croatia and Yugoslavia, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London January 2003.
  • 'The UN Small Arms Conference: a useful step forward?', SAIS Review, Volume 22, No 1, Winter/Spring 2002.
  • 'The Scope and Implications of a Tracing Mechanism for Small Arms and Light Weapons', UN Institute for Disarmament Research/Small Arms Survey, United Nations, Geneva, pp 1 - 46, 2002.
  • 'Promoting International Co-operation and Assistance in the Implementation of the International Action Programme on Small Arms', in Proceedings of Tokyo Follow-up Meeting of the UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, 2002, (p 125 ¿ 136);
  • 'Reaching Consensus in New York: the UN 2001 Small Arms Conference', (with E. Laurence and D Atwood), chapter in K. Krause and P Batchelor (eds), Small Arms Survey 2002: counting the human cost, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2002, pp 203 - 235.
  • Scoping Study on Conflict Prevention in Western Balkans through strengthening democratic institutions and promoting harmonious inter-ethnic relations, (with T, Gallagher, J Fischer and B. Kuhne), report to UK FCO, October 2001, pp 130.
  • The Szeged Small Arms Process: towards a South East European Action Programme on Small Arms in the context of the Stability Pact, Saferworld, London, 2001 (93 pp).
  • Implementing the UN Action Programme for Combating the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects (with E. Clegg,M Crowley, S. Meek and S. Powell), Biting the Bullet Project Briefing No 15, London 2002 (39 pp)
  • Information Exchange and Transparency: key elements of an international action programme on small arms, Briefing No 9, Biting the Bullet Project, BASIC/International Alert/Saferworld, London, 2001; 19 pages, with P. Batchelor.
  • 'Examining international responses to illicit arms trafficking', Crime, Law and Social Change, Volume 33, pp 151 -190, 2000.
  • Democratic Accountability and Parliamentary Control in the Military Sphere in the Newly Independent States, University of Bradford/CPIS, Moscow, 1998, 301 pages (in Russian). Edited with Malcolm Chalmers and Alexander Nikitin.
  • 'Peace Accords and Mandates for Peace Missions', in Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Removal of Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Context of Peace Missions, MFA, Stockholm, 1999.
  • 'Tackling Illicit Arms Trafficking and Light Weapons Proliferation: EU roles and Programmes', in P. Cross and G. Rasamoelina (eds), Conflict Prevention Policy and the European Union: recent engagements, future instruments, CPN YearBook 1998/99.
  • 'Developing Arms Transparency: the future of the UN Register', University of Bradford and CPDNP, 269 pages, 1997. (with Malcolm Chalmers and Mitsuro Donowaki)
  • Developing the Asia Europe dialogue: Political cooperation and conflict prevention, Saferworld, 1998 (with Malcolm Chalmers). 36 pages
  • 'Tackling Illicit Trafficking and Small Arms Proliferation: developing and implementing the EU Programme of Action', in Studia Diplomatica, Vol. LI, No 3-4, 1998, pp 3 - 28.

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