Professor Alice Hills
- Position: Visiting Professor
- Areas of expertise: Police development in sub-Saharan Africa; Somali security governance; urban operations, from counter-insurgency to warfighting
- Email: A.E.Hills@leeds.ac.uk
I was professor of conflict and security at the University of Leeds, 2005-2013, before taking up the chair of conflict studies at Durham University, 2013-2017. My research and teaching for Leeds focused on counter-insurgency in cities, security governance and Nigeria's police force but before that I taught defence studies at the UK's Joint Services Command and Staff College where I specialised in urban operations, post-conflict operations and police-military relations.
I hold a doctorate in war studies from the University of London and my publications include books on 'Policing Africa: Internal security and the limits of liberalization' (Lynne Rienner), 'Future war in cities: Rethinking a liberal dilemma' (Cass), 'Policing post-conflict cities' (Zed) and 'Making Mogadishu safe: Localisation, policing and sustainable security' (Taylor & Francis).
My research focuses on police development in Somalia, Somaliland and Kenya. This work is funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme on 'Fight against crime and terrorism: Enhancing co-operation between law enforcement agencies and citizens/community policing'. Publications discussing my research findings include:
'Making Mogadishu safe: Localisation, policing and sustainable security', Whitehall Papers 91 (Taylor & Francis: 2018).
'Is there anybody there? Police, communities and communications technology in Hargeisa', Stability (2017) 6. DOI http://doi.org/10.5334/sta.491.
'Off-road policing - communications technology and government authority in Somaliland', International Affairs (2016) 92/5: 1061-1078.
'Making Mogadishu safe', RUSI Journal (2016), 161/6: 10-16.<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>