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Dr Stuart Gordon

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Stuart Gordon joined the department in September 2011. Prior to this he was at the Royal Military Academy.

He co-authored the UK Government's Helmand Road Map – the UK's diplomatic and military strategy for Afghanistan – and was also the lead researcher of the Helmand Quick Impact Project Programme Evaluation and the 'Cross Government Working Group on Health and Conflict Report'. He recently co-authored the strategy paper for the UK's Helmand Stabilisation plan for 2011–2014. He holds Research Fellowships at Chatham House (the International Security and Global Health Security Programmes) and is part of a research network, based in Tuft's University's Feinstein Centre that is exploring the use of development assistance in conflict environments (Afghanistan, Somalia and Pakistan).  

He has spent much of the past 3 years managing and delivering policy oriented research for the UK Government (the MOD, Foreign Office and Stabilisation Unit) on Helmand and Afghan issues generally. He has served as the Deputy Commander of the UK MOD's Military Stabilisation Support Group (in the rank of Lt Col). During 2003, he was the Operations Director for the US/UK's Iraq Humanitarian Operations Centre in Baghdad with responsibility for restoring Iraq's public food distribution system. He has conducted field research/programme consultancy work in Afghanistan, Iraq, Nepal, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Cyprus, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Research Interests

Stuart  specialises in the politics of conflict and development and has written widely on various aspects of these issues – principally stabilisation, securitisation of development and governance programmes, peacekeeping and peace building.  


  • 'Health, Stabilisation and Securitisation: Towards Understanding the Drivers of the Military Role in Health Interventions' Journal of Medicine., Conflict and Survival Medicine, Conflict and Survival, Volume 27Issue 1, 2011.
  • 'Health, Conflict and Stabilisation: A Review of Models and Evidence.' Research monograph for the Cross Government Working Group on Conflict and published by the Stabilisation Unit.
  • Stuart Gordon, 'Winning Hearts and Minds? Examining the Relationship between Aid and Security in Afghanistan's Helmand Province' (Feinstein International Centre, Boston, 2011).
  • Stuart Gordon, 'The UK's Stabilisation Model and Afghanistan: Assessing the Impact on Humanitarian Actors'. Disasters Journal, 34.1 (2010), pp.368-387.
  • Defence Policy and the 'Joined Up Government' Agenda:   Defining the limits of the 'Comprehensive Approach.' In D Brown (Ed) British Defence Policy (London: Routledge, 2010).
  • 'Measures of Effectiveness: Examining the United Kingdom in Afghanistan' in Sarah Jane Meharg (Ed) Measuring What Matters in Peace Operations and Crisis Management (McGill University Press/Pearson Peacekeeping Centre: Montreal/London, 2009).
  • Theo Farrell and Stuart Gordon, 'COIN Machine: the British Military in Afghanistan' Orbis Fall 2009, Volume 53, Number 4: 665-683.
  • Theo Farrell and Stuart Gordon, 'COIN Machine: the British Military in Afghanistan,' RUSI Journal 154/3 (2009): 18-25
  • 'The New Humanitarians? The Military and the Humanitarian Ethic' in J Howell (Ed) 'Civil Society under Strain: the War on Terror regime, civil society and aid post-9/11' (Kumarian Press: 2009).

In preparation

  • Health interventions, statebuilding and legitimacy: reconsidering the paradigm?' Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding.
  • 'Alms and Armour: Health, Humanitarianism and the military'   (MUP: Manchester, forthcoming).  
  • Paul Fishstein, Stuart Gordon and Andrew Wilder 'Unpacking the 'Hearts and Minds debate' (Boston: Feinstein Centre).

Conference Presentations

  • 'Stabilisation and the implications for development in fragile contexts' 29 November 2010 – Overseas Development Institute.
  • 'Civilian Protection and the Stabilisation Debate' Paper presented to the UN DPKO/DPA, New York, November 2010.
  • 'The Civilian Contribution to Military Stabilisation Operations: Reserves, Contractors and Private Security Companies' 2 March 2010 Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).
  • 'Aid and conflict drivers in Southern Afghanistan:   assessing stabilisation strategies' at Wilton Park Conference entitled 'Winning Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan: Assessing the Effectiveness of Development Aid in COIN operations.   February 2010.
  • British International Studies Association 'Measuring the Effectiveness of Complex Interventions.' Leicester, 2009.
  • Canada House, British Agencies Afghan Group and Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs conference on Afghanistan. Nov 2009.
  • 'The Civilian Military Interface in Conflict Resolution at the IISS Global Strategic Review Conference 'The New Geopolitics' Geneva, Switzerland October 2009.
  • 'Militarisation and the Hearts and Minds Discourse' at Sussex University's 'Militarisation: Political Economy, Security, Theory' conference 14-15th May 2009.
  • 'The Stabilisation Discourse and Ending War' at the 'Serious Study of Peace Conference', St John's College, Oxford University, 2nd May 2009.
  • Evidence to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee on the revised Obama strategy for Afghanistan, 21st April 2009
  • Paper on 'The military contribution to peacebuilding strategies' to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict, House of Commons, 6th May 2009. 

Contact Details

  • London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
  • Tel: +44 (0) 20 7849 4655
  • Email: s.gordon1@lse.ac.uk
  • Room: CON8.10, Connaught House