Dr Adrian Gallagher

Dr Adrian Gallagher


I gained my PhD from the University of Sheffield (2011) and joined the Department as a Lecturer in 2012. I became an Associate-Professor in International Relations in 2015. I previously taught at the University of Sheffield (2010-2011) and the University of Leicester (2011-2012) and in 2012 founded the BISA Working Group on Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect with Professor James Pattison (University of Manchester) and Dr Aidan Hehir (University of Westminster). Since 2016, I've acted as Co-Director of Postgraduate Research and also Research Director for the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.


  • Co-Director of Postgraduate Research
  • Research Director for the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

Research interests

My main research interest lies in studies of mass violence from an English School/Constructivist perspective. Since 2012, I have published one monograph, eight peer reviewed journal articles and guest edited two special issue journals. I have also acted as an expert oral witness for the UK Defence Committee and the House of Lords. I have also submitted written evidence to the UK Foreign Affairs Committee regarding inquiries into the mass violence in Iraq, Syria, Myanmar and Libya amongst others.

I currently supervise five PhD students working on topics related to mass violence and peacekeeping.

<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>


  • PhD
  • MA
  • BA

Professional memberships

  • International Studies Association
  • Bristish International Studies Association
  • European International Studies Association
  • The International Political Science Association

Student education

I became a University Lecturer to teach and inspire students of all ages and from all backgrounds. I encourage students to become active independent learners that engage with timely and important debates in International Relations. My teaching is heavily informed by my research on International Relations Theory and the Responsibility to Protect and am always happy to discuss modules, careers, and university life in general.

I have won two awards from the students, Inspirational Teaching Award (2016) and Best Feedback Award (2017).

I also hold a University of Leeds Teaching Award, Professional Standard 2, ULTA 2, Pass with Merit.

Research groups and institutes

  • European Centre for Responsibility to Protect

Current postgraduate research students

<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://essl.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>