Dr Helena Hinkkainen
- Position: Associate Professor in Security, Conflict Studies and Governance
- Areas of expertise: terrorism; conflict processes; conflict resolution; natural resources; geographical methods; quantitative methods
- Email: K.Hinkkainen@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 9716
I received my MA in International Conflict Analysis from University of Kent in 2008 and my PhD in International Relations from University of Essex in 2013. Prior to joining Leeds, I was a Lecturer in International Relations at University of Lincoln 2013-2017, a University Academic Fellow at University of Leeds 2017-2019 and a Lecturer in Politics at University of York 2019-2021. I have also been a visiting researcher at Uppsala University and University of Venice in 2019.
My research has primarily focussed on terrorism and civil wars. More specifically, my previous work has investigated micro-dynamics and the diffusion of violence in conflicts. I have also worked on the relationship between economic sanctions and terrorism, child soldiers and peacekeeping as well as state use of militias in conflicts.
I am currently a PI in an ESRC standard grant: Explaining non-state armed groups perpetration of mass atrocity crimes and a Co-I in a Swedish Research Council project titled: Secondary mobilization: The spread of political violence within and across borders.
My work has been published, for example, in Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly and Journal of Conflict Research.<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
I presently teach Terrorism (PIED5570M).<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>