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Professor James Ker-Lindsay Joins St Mary’s to Help Lead Development of New Politics Programmes

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Professor James Ker-Lindsay Joins St Mary’s to Help Lead Development of New Politics Programmes

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Leading academic in the field of politics, Prof James Ker-Lindsay, has joined St Mary’s University, Twickenham to help lead the development of new politics and policy programmes for September 2018.

Prof Ker-Lindsay holds a BSc(Econ) from the University of London and an MA and PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent. Prior to joining St Mary’s, he was a senior research fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science. He has also worked at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the world’s oldest independent security and defence studies think tank, and at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

St Mary’s has developed undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to help students understand the key issues of today, from Brexit to on-going conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, and prepare students for to be critically reflective and innovative thinkers. They will be high impact, active citizens, managers and future leaders. New undergraduate programmes, open for September 2018 applications, are: BA in Politics and International Relations; BA in Politics and Communications; and BA in Politics, Policy and Public Management

Head of School for Arts and Humanities, Prof Karen Sanders, commented, “We are delighted to welcome James to our team here at St Mary’s. Our new courses will offer students a unique insight into national and international politics, and we look forward to James’ teaching and research expertise contributing to an outstanding student experience.

“The development of new politics and also communications programmes builds on our strengths here at St Mary’s, and with James’ input we are sure they will prove cutting edge, premium, industry ready courses.

“They are great examples the exciting developments at the University and in the School of Arts and Humanities, as we look to provide learning opportunities for young people in a supportive environment that also prepares them to tackle the world of work.”

“The development of new politics and also communications programmes builds on our strengths here at St Mary’s, and with James’ input we are sure they will prove cutting edge, premium, industry ready courses." Prof Karen Sanders

Designed by leading academics and practitioners, the programmes share an intense focus on employability, with faculty including former and working ambassadors, cabinet ministers and communications professionals as well as outstanding scholars in the fields of Politics.

 

Prof James Ker-Lindsay added, “There has never been a more important or interesting time to study politics. We are surrounded by huge and pressing political issues, whether it is Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the rise of President Donald Trump in the United States, on-going conflicts, organised crime or mass migration.

“I am pleased to be working with the accomplished academic team here at St Mary’s and look forward to developing programmes that inspire students to get involved in the political issues of today, to have their say, and make a difference.”

“I am pleased to be working with the accomplished academic team here at St Mary’s and look forward to developing programmes that inspire students to get involved in the political issues of today, to have their say, and make a difference.” Prof James Ker-Lindsay

Prof Ker-Lindsay’s current research focuses on conflict, peace and security in South East Europe, European Union enlargement, and secession and recognition in international politics. He has an extensive list of publications, including over a dozen authored or edited books and over 70 articles and book chapters. 

As well as his academic work, he maintains a strong record of policy engagement. He has served as an advisor to a number of governments and international organisations, including the United Nations and the Council of Europe. He also appears regularly in the media, and has been interviewed by many leading international news organisations, from the BBC and Sky News to The Economist and the Wall Street Journal.

In addition to his post at St Mary’s, he remains a senior visiting fellow at the LSE and is a Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies at Oxford University.

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