Dr Helena Hinkkainen

Dr Helena Hinkkainen


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.

Research interests

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. 

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Student education

I presently teach Terrorism (PIED5570M).

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