Senior Research Fellows

Dr Mandy Banton

Research keywords: Colonial Office records; displaced archives; regulation of free labour.



Dr Balasubramanyam Chandramohan 

Research keywords: Transnational Education in the Commonwealth; Commonwealth values; interdisciplinary learning and teaching in higher education.



Dr James Chiriyankandath

Research keywords: Nationalism; religion and politics; contemporary history; electoral politics; development; international relations



Dr John Cowley

Research keywords: Indigenous Caribbean musical traditions; Carnivals (and carnivalesque) in the West Indies, and their association with Africa, Europe and the Americas; vernacular black music in the US and Trinidad and Tobago.



Dr William Crawley

Research keywords: Media policy and law in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka



Dr Shihan de Silva

Research keywords: Migration, commerce and cultural exchange in the Indian Ocean; the Malay and Portuguese diasporas; the history of African migration eastwards; the origins of Afro-Asians including ethnomusicological and linguistic research



Ms Oku Ekpenyon

Research keywords: Black British history; Africans in Britain; slavery and the slave trade 



Dr Peter Fraser

Research keywords:Social and political history of the Caribbean; migration; intellectual history of the Caribbean 



Professor Paul Havemann 

Research keywords: Human Rights and climate change; law in the context of society, with particular focus on areas such as Indigenous peoples' rights, human rights, Natural Resource Management, globalisation, and governance.



Mr Guy Hewitt

Research keywords: Social policy in Barbados; sustainable development



Professor Robert Holland

Research keywords: British Empire, especially the end of empire; the Eastern Mediterranean; Cyprus; the role of the Mediterranean in British culture and society



Ms Frederica Jansz

Research keywords: Sri Lanka; media and broadcasting; media freedom



Dr Howard Jones

Research keywords: Financial services; livelihoods; migration; education.



Dr Miranda Kaufmann

Research keywords: Black British History; Africa; Africans; Tudor, Stuart and Georgian history; Slavery; Early Modern; Social History; Caribbean; Atlantic



Professor David Killingray

Research keywords: History of imperialism; Christian missionary activity; the Black diaspora, decolonisation and post-colonial relationships; the United Kingdom Overseas Territories, empire and British localities.




Dr Harshan Kumarasingham

Research keywords: The Westminster System in the UK and Commonwealth countries; decolonisation; constitutional politics and history; monarchy



Professor James Manor

Research keywords: Politics, development and state-society relations in less developed countries; contemporary South Asia (especially India); decentralisation; elections; politicians, political institutions and poverty



Mr Michael Ohajuru

Research keywords: Black British history; history of black people in Early Modern Britain; the life of John Blanke



Dr Sue Onslow

Research keywords: Colonies & Colonization, emigration & immigration, Contemporary History, History, International Relations



Professor Henning Melber

Civil Rights, Colonies & Colonization, emigration & immigration, Communities, Classes, Races, Globalization & Development, History, Human rights, International Relations, Politics


Dr David Page

Research keywords: Media policy and law in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka



Mr Martin Plaut  

Research keywords: Horn of Africa; Southern Africa; Migration; Defence and Security

Recent publication: Understanding Eritrea: Inside Africa’s Most Repressive State



Sir Ronald Sanders

Research keywords: The Commonwealth; the politics of small states; small states and international institutions



Dr Jeggan Senghor

Research keywords: Regional integration in Africa



Ms Marika Sherwood

Research keywords: The history of peoples of African origins in the UK since the Roman period; Black political activism from the late 19th century; Pan-Africanism the 1930s onwards



Dr Georgina Sinclair

Research keywords: British colonial policing; internationalisation of UK policing systems; postcolonial policing encounters in fragile and conflict-affected states



Professor Chris Smith

Research keywords: Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan; security, development and human rights; governance; Sri Lankan domestic politics



Professor Keith Somerville

Research keywords: Politics of conservation; human-wildlife conflict and coexistence; radio propaganda in apartheid South Africa.


Dr Anne Thurston

Research keywords: Historical records; information management, especially of national evidence bases; development; anti-corruption and transparency



Dr Annis May Timpson

Research keywords: Contemporary Canada; Arctic politics; Inuit communities; indigenous-settler relations; feminism in Canada; multiculturalism in Canada



Dr Melanie Torrent

Research keywords: British and French foreign policy in Africa; the contemporary Commonwealth and multilateral diplomacy; connected history of the ends of empire of Africa; decolonisation and Labour movements.



Professor Michael Twaddle

Research keywords: African history and politics



Dr Calder Walton

Research keywords: British intelligence; the end of the British empire in Africa; the British secret state in Africa. 



Dr Nicholas Watts

Research keywords: The Commonwealth and museology; Commonwealth and imperial history; sustainable fisheries; Commonwealth blue economy



Dr Susan Williams

Research keywords: Sub-Saharan Africa; espionage and intelligence; the history of the United Nations; British, French and Lusophone colonialism and neocolonialism; decolonisation; the global impact of nuclear weapons development.



Dr Leo Zeilig

Research keywords: African politics and history; working-class struggle and revolutionary movements; African political thinkers and activists; the growth of decolonisation; the development of radical politics in Africa