UNGOP launch event (26 April): How research can support and strengthen the United Nations

Join us for our launch event, a one-day conference at the University of Reading

When: Thursday, 26 April, 2018, 9:15 – 4:30, registration begins at 8:45

Where: University of Reading, London Road Campus, LO22 G01 (Satnav postcode RG1 5AQ)

Admission is free, booking is essential. Book here: events@reading.ac.uk

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This event will bring together academics, practitioners, civil society, and students and will showcase the key ways in which research supports and strengthens UN activities. Thematic panels on human rights, peacekeeping, and UN reform will identify and discuss current and future challenges and opportunities and how researchers and policymakers can work together to maximise the UN’s fulfilment of its mandate.

Keynote speeches

  • Ian Martin, former Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Libya, Nepal, and Timor-Leste
  • Professor Dominik Zaum, Research Dean for Prosperity & Resilience, University of Reading

Outline programme

8:45 – 9: 15 Registration
9:15 – 10:00 Keynote 1:

Professor Dominik Zaum, University of Reading

10:00 – 11:00 Panel 1: Human Rights

Paul Bentall, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Rosa Freedman, University of Reading

Corinne Heaven, University of Reading

Ben Warwick, University of Birmingham

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:30 Panel 2: Peacekeeping

Mats Berdal, King’s College, London

Sarah von Billerbeck, University of Reading

Richard Caplan, University of Oxford

Jessica di Salvatore, University of Oxford

12:30 – 1:00 Discussion
1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
2:00 – 2:45 Keynote 2:

Ian Martin, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Libya, Nepal, and Timor-Leste

2:45 – 4:00 Panel 3: Development

Marie Aronsson-Storrier, University of Reading

Ruth Houghton, University of Newcastle

Matthew Jackson, UNFPA

Joanne Neenan, London School of Economics

4:00 – 4:30 Final discussion and close

Speaker details

Marie Aronsson-Storrier Lecturer in Disaster Law, University of Reading
Mats Berdal Professor of Conflict, Security and Development, King’s College London
Paul Bentall Multilateral Research Group, Research Analysts, FCO
Sarah von Billerbeck  Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of Reading
Richard Caplan Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford
Rosa Freedman Professor of Law, Conflict and Global Development, University of Reading
Corinne Heaven Research Fellow in Politics and International Relations, University of Reading
Ruth Houghton Lecturer in Law, Newcastle University
Matthew Jackson Director of UK Office, UNFPA
Ian Martin  Director of Security Council Report and former UN SRSG
Joanne Neenan  Legal Advisor, UK FCO
Jessica di Salvatore  British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford
Ben Warwick   Lecturer, Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham
Dominik Zaum  Professor of Governance, Conflict and Security, Research Dean for Prosperity and Resilience, University of Reading


The UN and Global Order Programme at the University of Reading (UNGOP) was established in 2017 to provide a major new forum for UN research within the UK. Bringing together academics working on peacekeeping and state-building, disaster risk reduction, human rights, food and agriculture, climate change, displacement and migration, and organisational culture, the Programme supports research that informs and shapes policy and practice. Members and affiliates work with various UN bodies and operations, member states, regional organisations, civil society and non-governmental organisations, and other relevant stakeholders. To learn more about the Programme, and for a full list of our partners, see: https://research.reading.ac.uk/ungop/