The Institute's strategic and operational activities are overseen by the following committees. 

Advisory Council


Professor Andrew Thompson (Professor of History, University of Exeter)

Ex officio members

Professor Roger Kain (Dean, School of Advanced Study)    
Professor Catherine Davies (Pro-Dean, Area Studies and History)    
Professor Philip Murphy (Director, Institute of Commonwealth Studies)    

Universities and similar 

Professor Richard Drayton (Rhodes Professor of Imperial History, King’s College London)
Professor Richard Aldrich (Professor of International Security, University of Warwick)
Dr Mélanie Torrent (MCF – Coordination Civilisation Britannique, l'Université Paris Diderot)
Dr Karl Hack (Senior Lecturer in History and Head of the School of History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, Open University)
Professor Elizabeth Buettner (Professor of Modern History, University of Amsterdam)
Dr Harshan Kumarasingham (Lecturer in Politics, University of Edinburgh)
Dr Lorna Lloyd (Reader in International Relations, Keele University)


Dr Knox Chitiyo (Associate Fellow, Chatham House)
Mr Andrew Tuggey (Chief Executive and Secretary, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association)
Dr John Kirkland (Deputy Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities)
Mr Michael Ohajuru (Independent historian)
Dr Richard Smith (Senior Historian, Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Academic libraries

Ms Hilary McEwan (Librarian/Archivist, Commonwealth Secretariat)

Elected Staff Member

Dr Sarah Singer (Lecturer in Refugee Law)

Student representative

Ms Beatrice Randall (PhD candidate, Institute of Commonwealth Studies)


Higher and Research Degrees Committees

In accordance with the School of Advanced Study's Quality Assurance Framework, the Higher Degrees Committee and Research Degrees Committee are responsible for the implementation of the School's regulations and the programme regulations for programmes of study offered for taught Master's degrees, certificates, and diplomas, and for research degrees, respectively.

The Higher Degrees Committee is chaired by Dr Corinne Lennox. The Research Degrees Committee is chaired by Professor Philip Murphy.


Professor Philip Murphy (Director, Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

Dr Damien Short (Reader in Human Rights, Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

Dr David Cantor (Reader in International Human Rights Law, Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

Dr Corinne Lennox (Senior Lecturer in Human Rights, Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

Dr Sarah Singer (Lecturer in Refugee Law, Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

Taught Master's student representative: TBC

Research degrees student representative: Beatrice Randall; Lilija Alijeva

Registry representatives: Alex Weston and Christine Weir


The activities of the Institute are also overseen through various governance structures within the wider School of Advanced Study and University of London. Find out more about these governance mechanisms here.