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Extra ordinary Professors

 Extraordinary Professor Alpaslan Özerdem

Professor Özerdem is Co-Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK, which is home for 60 full-time researchers. With over 20 year field research experience in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, El Salvador, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Turkey, he specializes in conflict resolution, mediation, peacebuilding and conflict transformation. 

He has also taken an active role in the initiation and management of several advisory and applied research projects for a wide range of national and international organisations such as the United Nations and international NGOs. He also runs tailor-made and in-country professional training programmes for a wide range of audiences from humanitarian aid practitioners to civil servants and policy makers. Professor Özerdem also is also a frequent speaker and workshop leader for events organized by the private sector, higher education institutions, international organisations and governmental authorities. 

Professor Özerdem has undertaken numerous research projects that were funded by the UK’s Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) (faith-based conflict prevention); British Academy (youth and peacebuilding); US Institute of Peace (reintegration of ex-combatants); and various EC funding schemes (conflict transformation and leadership). He has been granted over £ 1million as research income over the last five years. He has supervised over 20 doctoral research and 150 Masters Degree projects and teaches not only in the UK, but also in India, Italy, Norway, Thailand and Turkey.

He has published extensively (14 books and numerous journal articles, book chapters and op-eds) and amongst other, is author of Post-war Recovery: Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (2008); co-author of Managing Emergencies and Crises (2011); co-editor of Child Soldiers: From Recruitment to Reintegration (2011); co-author of Peace in Turkey 2023: The Question of Human Security and Conflict Transformation (2013); co-editor of Human Security in Turkey (2013); co-author of Youth in Conflict and Peacebuilding: Mobilization, Reintegration and Reconciliation (2015); co-editor of Local Ownership in International Peacebuilding (2015); co-author of Peacebuilding: An Introduction (2015); and co-editor of Conflict Transformation and the Palestinians: The Dynamics of Peace and Justice under Occupation (2016).

Professor Özerdem is Chair of the annual Istanbul Human Security Conference since 2011 and organizes Global Peace Workshop for young peacebuilders since 2013. He sits in editorial boards of a number of academic journals as well as acting as Peace Studies Co-Chair of the International Studies Association, Peer Review Member of the UK’s Economic & Social Research Council, and an Invited He is also President of Centre for Strategic Research and Analysis (CESRAN), a UK based think-tank and recipient of the 2015 International Peace Medal of the Peace Corps of Nigeria. Finally, he received his Professor Extraordinary in Politics title by Stellenbosch University in 2017.


Extraordinary Associate Professor, Henri Fouche

Henri Fouché, Doctor Technologiae (Dtech), is a National Research Foundation (NRF) C1-rated researcher in Humanities/Social Sciences. He graduated from the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) with a Masters (cum laude) in Policing in 2003 and Doctorate in 2006. His Doctoral thesis deals with the policing of maritime piracy.  Henri lectured at Technikon Pretoria and TUT for nine years, and UNISA for 5 years on the investigation of crime and contemporary crime issues. At UNISA he coordinated the Masters and Doctoral programme for the Department of Criminology and Security Science. His research focus is on policing crime in the maritime domain and he is internationally recognised as a proponent of the law enforcement approach to dealing with crime in the maritime domain. Between 2005 and 2017 he presented 32 papers at conferences in South Africa on maritime crime issues and 19 papers in countries as far afield as the USA, Austria, Germany, Greece, Sweden, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, Ghana and Cameroon.

He received a scholarship for studies in Criminal Law and Sea Piracy at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law (MPICC) in Freiburg, Germany in 2009.  He was a guest researcher at the MPICC during December 2010 and is listed in the International Maritime Organisation (lMO) Roster of Experts and Consultants. Member of the International Scientific Committee, International Conference on Piracy at Sea (ICOPAS 2011) World Maritime University in cooperation with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Malmo, Sweden, 17-19 October 2011. Lead academic Maritime Safety and Security and Disaster Risk Management Priority Focus Areas, South African Chapter Indian Ocean Rim Association Academic Group (SA IORAG); Member of the Board of Trustees Security Watch Africa, Lagos, Nigeria; Alumni of the African Centre for Strategic Studies; Member of the editorial board of the World Maritime University Journal of Maritime Affairs, Malmo Sweden.

Henri liaises at senior level with international, continental, regional and national organisations, government departments and NGO's on maritime security related issues.

 In March 2018 he was appointed Extraordinary Associate Professor at the Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University.  

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