I like to discover what makes humanity tick and dig being on the move. I get a kick out of discovering the simple tidbits that make life lovely, amazing, chaotic and just plain random.
Professionally, I have a knack for life in the danger zone. I’ve dodged sniper fire and 122mm artillery in Eastern Ukraine, delivered aid to displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees in Kurdistan, Iraq, hunkered down during incoming missile warnings in Baghdad, navigated mud holes the size of Wisconsin in Liberia, and sipped a frothy pint by a roaring peat fire in Western Ireland. I’m currently back in Baghdad working on various projects. For now, a desk jockey, but let’s hope that changes soon.
I’ve collaborated with the African Union, ECOWAS, United States Institute for Peace, the Mass Atrocity Response Operations (MARO) Project, UN Office of the Special Advisor, Genocide Prevention, the International Crisis Group (ICG), Swisspeace, Oxfam, the Stimson Center, Brookings, ACCORD, NUPI, The Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Center for Conflict Prevention at Columbia University, the Liberia Peacebuilding Office, OCHA, Ushahidi and an array of other fab organisations.
I am finalising (procrastinating) on my PhD in Humanitarian & Human Rights law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway. I have also contributed to a variety of publications, most recently a chapter on African Peacekeeping in Peacekeeping & Atrocity Prevention (Springer Press 2016). Several new pieces forthcoming, which can be found on my publications page.
Research interests: asymmetric warfare, peacekeeping, armed conflict, Protection of Civilians, crisis mapping, military ethics, political theory and counterinsurgency.
I’m always keen to explore what’s over the next hill. I dig capturing humanity through photography, whether its earning the trust of Ukrainian Babushkas, dodging cows and rickshaws in Delhi or wandering Western Ireland. As I get older my wanderlust shows no sign of abating. The more I travel, the more I travel.
I appreciate all things old-school; antiquarian bookstores, Super 8 film, old cemeteries, gothic fiction, B/W photography and Film Noir.
I’m curious, adventurous, compassionate, nomadic, mostly-unconventional and often-quirky).