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Research Fellow to SIGLA: Dr Math Noortmann

Math Noortmann joined the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) of Coventry University (CU) in November 2014 as their professor in Transnational Law and Non-State Actors.At CTPSR, he leads the Research Group on Transnational and Maritime Security.His interdisciplinary work includes publications on private military and security companies (2011;2016), transnational criminal organisations (2015), (counter) terrorism (2014) and non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations (2006;2014;2015).His recent projects include: (1) The Maritime Dimension of Transnational Organized Crime in Indonesia, (2) Countering the Threats of Illegal and unsustainable fishing, and (3) the Role and Position of Private Security Organisations in Transnational Security Governance.

Math is frequently invited as reviewer, editor, chair, speaker, convener and board member by universities, publishers, governmental and societal organisations.


Research Fellow to SIGLA: Prof Juliette Koning

Dr Juliette Koning is Professor in Organization Studies at Oxford Brookes Business School (UK). She holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research explores entrepreneurship, identity work, religion, ethnicity, leadership and sustainability in the context of small business organizations and/or private security organizations in Southeast Asia, the UK and South Africa. She has published in journals such as Entrepreneurship, Theory & PracticeJournal of Business EthicsEntrepreneurship & Regional DevelopmentInternational Journal of Business AnthropologyManagement LearningQualitative Research in Organizations and Management. Co-edited volumes include New Religiosities, Modern Capitalism and Moral Complexities in Southeast Asia (Palgrave, 2017) Chinese Indonesians and Regime Change (Brill, 2011), and Local Ways of Managing Insecurity in Indonesia (Brill, 2006).


Research Fellow to SIGLA: Prof Christian Bueger 

Christian Bueger is Reader in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Cardiff University. He worked as a Leverhulme Fellow at the Greenwich Maritime Institute, London (2011) and a research fellow at the Institute for Development and Peace, Duisburg, Germany (2010). He obtained his PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy (2010).  Prior he graduated as a Diplom-Politologe from the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and worked at the Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt am Main and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt.He has held several visiting fellow positions, including at the University College London (UCL), Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (2015), the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore (2015), Institute for Political Science, Copenhagen University (2014), Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST), University of Copenhagen (2013). 

His fields of research are International Relations, Security Studies, and Maritime Security Governance. He is currently the principal investigator of the research project SAFE SEAS. A Study of Maritime Security Capacity Building in the Western Indian Ocean funded by the Sustainable Development Programme of the British Academy. From 2013 to 2016 he was the principal investigator of the project “Counter-Piracy Governance – A Praxiographic Analysis” funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council titled. He is also one of the lead investigators of the Lessons Learned Consortium of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. He is an associate editor of the European Journal of International Security (Cambridge UP). He is a member of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime Expert Network and a Honorary Fellow of the University of Seychelles. He has published over 70 articles and book chapters which have appeared in journals such as Contemporary Security Policy, European Political Science Review, Global Policy, International Political Sociology, International Studies Quarterly or Third World Quarterly.



Research Fellow to SIGLA: Dr Hussein Solomon

Dr. Hussein Solomon holds a D.Litt et Phil (Political Science) from the University of South Africa. Currently he is Senior Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Free State. His previous appointments include being Executive Director of the International Institute of Islamic Studies (2009-2010); Professor and Director of the Centre for International Political Studies, University of Pretoria (2000-2010), Research Manager at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (1998-2000), Senior Researcher: Institute for Security Studies (1996-1998) and Research Fellow: Centre for Southern African Studies, University of the Western Cape (1993-1995). In 2011, he was Visiting Professor at the Osaka School for International Public Policy (OSIPP). In 2007 and 2010 he was Visiting Professor at the Global Collaboration Centre at Osaka University in Japan and in 2008 he was Nelson Mandela Chair of African Studies at Jawahrlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. In 1994, he was Senior Visiting Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College, University of London. Currently he is Visiting Fellow at the MacKinder Programme for the Study of Long-Wave Events at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom, a Senior Associate for the Israeli-based think tank Research on Islam and Muslim in Africa, a Visiting Professor at the Osaka School of International Public Policy and a Senior Analyst for New York-based WikiStrat.
In addition, he is Deputy Chair of the Pugwash Conferences on Science in World Affairs (South African Chapter); Member of the Security Council of the Gerhson Lehrman Group of Companies; Member of the International Steering Committee of Global Action to Prevent War, Research Associate of the Centre for Defence Studies, University of Zimbabwe; and a Research Associate of the South African Institute for International Affairs.  He is also a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research in Hawaii. He is also Vice-President of the African Studies Association (India) and Member of the International Advisory Boards of the Middle East Institute as well as the Research Institute for European and American Studies in Athens, Greece. Since 2014 he became a member of the South African Academy of Science and Arts. Moreover, he is also a Member of the Editorial Board of Politeia; Special Advisor to the Editor of the journal Globalizations; Advisory Editor to the Journal for Contemporary History; Associate Editor of the Southern African Peace and Security Studies  journal and a member of the Editorial Boards of Africa Insight, Afro-Eurasian Journal, African Security, Alternatives, Journal of Administrative Sciences, Afro-Arab Social and Economic Review, Journal of African Union Studies and Scientific Journals International as well as Editor of Insight on Africa. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of All Africa Women for Peace. Hussein Solomon also holds the rank of a Captain in the Reserve Force of the South African Air Force.

His research interests include conflict and conflict resolution in Africa; South African Foreign Policy; international relations theory; religious fundamentalism and population movements within the developing world. His publications have appeared in South Africa; Nigeria; the United States; the United Kingdom; Switzerland; The Russian Federation;  Greece; The Netherlands; Norway; Denmark; Egypt; Ethiopia; Israel, Lebanon; India; Bangladesh; Spain and Japan.

His most recent books includes Understanding Boko Haram and Insurgency in Africa (with Jim Hentz, Routledge, 2017), Islamic State and the Coming Global Confrontation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Africa: Fighting Insurgency from Al Shabaab, Ansar Dine and Boko Haram (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Jihad: A South African Perspective (Sun Media, 2013).

He is a member of the South African Academy of Science and Art.

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Hussein Solomon is also a regular blogger and currently writes for the Israeli-based Research for the Study of Muslims in Africa (RIMA). The website address is

He is also a regular commentator on Southern African political issues and blogs for the Southern African Centre for Collaboration on Peace and Security Studies. The website address is
Research fellow to SIGLA: Dr Bahar Baser

Dr Bahar Baser is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Peace, Trust and Social Relations (Coventry University, UK). She is also an associate research fellow at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA), Stellenbosch University, South Africa. 

Bahar holds an MA degree on Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden and BA in Political Science in International Relations from Bogazici University, Turkey. She completed a PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. During her PhD, she had the opportunity to work as a Visiting Research Fellow at Humboldt University (Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences) in Germany, REMESO (Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society) in Norrkoping, Sweden and the Instituto de Ciencias Sociais (ICS) in Lisbon, Portugal. Prior to her PhD, Bahar worked at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University in Sweden as a Junior Researcher on the "Diasporas and Their Involvement in Peace Processes" project funded by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Bahar's research interests include ethno-national conflicts and political violence, conflict resolution, third party mediation, migration and diaspora studies. Bahar has various publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and her book "Diasporas and Homeland Conflicts: A Comparative Perspective" was published by Routledge in 2015. She also edited two volumes published by IB Tauris: Authoritarian Politics in Turkey (co-edited with Ahmet Erdi Ozturk) and Migration from Turkey to Sweden: Integration, Belonging and Transnational Community (co-edited with Paul Levin). She is the series editor for "Kurdish Societies, Politics and International Relations" Series of Lexington Books. 

Her research has been funded by the Swedish Institute, the Italian Foreign Ministry, Coventry University and the Newton Fund-National Research Foundation (South Africa). She has written policy reports for Berghof Peace Foundation, TUSIAD Foreign Policy Forum and Heinrich Boll Foundation.