The David Davies of Llandinam (Dinam) Research Fellowship at the International Relations Department, London School of Economics was set up by an endowment provided through the winding up of the Dinam Charity (1926-2006), originally founded by David Davies. The aims of the research fellowship are to support the founder's vision by furthering the understanding of international relations among academics and practitioners, particularly those actively involved in the field, and in policy-making. The fellowship is intended to give practitioners in the field of international politics and policy an opportunity to undertake sustained research in an academic environment. The first Dinam Research Fellow was appointed in 2008.
The aim of the Fellowship is to bridge divisions between theorists and practitioners and support the study of international relations which directly links the application of expertise in international relations to policy development and execution (see further details). It is to advance understanding between academics, policy-makers and practitioners and thus ensure that studies are rooted in the real world and concerned with practical, actionable outcomes. It will offer practitioners a period of reflection, during which, with access to leading academic analysis and thought within a stimulating and supportive environment, they will be able to develop a richer and more considered approach to their work.
Dinam Research Fellows
2014 Jeroen Merk
Jeroen Merk holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Sussex, Brighton. Between 2003- 2014, he has also been a research and policy coordinator at the International Secretariat of the Clean Clothes Campaign, a labour rights NGO with branches in 15 European countries and an extended network of partners in production countries. Among other things, he was responsible for coordinating, planning and publishing research on the impact of private governance instruments on labour relations and working conditions. He has closely collaborated with trade unions, labour NGOs and researchers, mostly from South and South-East Asia, on these topics. From 2008 till 2014 he was a representative of the Clean Clothes Campaign at the Steering Committee of the Asia Floor Wage campaign.
As the current David Davies of Llandinam Research Fellow (2014-2015), he will study the participatory/democratic dimension of global governance instruments within cross-border production networks. This includes exploring the conditions under which social movements, trade unions and networks of NGOs are (re-) framing common sense understandings of global governance institutions, agendas and priorities. He will do so by closely studying two real world cases to discuss possible ways to reinvent corporate accountability, namely, the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh concluded in May 2013 and the Protocol on Freedom of Association in Indonesia concluded in 2011.
His research interests lie at the crossroads of international relations, political economy, social movements, and the governance institutions of global industrial relations. I have been particularly concerned with analysing the shifting nature of worker-employer relations within local, national and global (supply-chain) contexts; the role of ethical standards as embodied in codes of conduct and other voluntary instruments in regulating transnational corporations; and the combined (but uneven) emergence of cross-border networks of NGOs and trade unions keeping businesses accountable for labour rights violations. His publications on these topics include:
Merk, J. (2014) ‘Global Outsourcing and Socialisation of Labour—the Case of Nike’, In: Van der Pijl, Kees (editor) The International Political Economy of Production, Handbooks of Research on International Political Economy series (forthcoming)
Egels-Zanden, N. & Merk, J (2013) ‘Private regulation and trade union rights: Why codes of conduct have limited impact on trade union rights’, Journal of Business Ethics, [Published online August 9, 2013.]
Merk, J. (2011) ‘Production beyond the Horizon of Consumption: Spatial fixes and Anti-Sweatshop Struggles in the Global Athletic Footwear Industry’, Global Society, Vol. 25 (1), pp.71-93.
Merk, J. (2009) ‘Jumping Scale and Bridging Space in the era of Corporate Social Responsibility: Cross-border labour struggles in the global garment industry’, Third World Quarterly, Vol. 30 (3), pp. 599-615.
2012 David Spence
Until 2011 David Spence was Minister Counsellor with special responsibility for human security and disarmament at the European Union delegation to the United Nations in Geneva. Until his move to Geneva in 2003 he was the Commission representative in the G8 and EU Council Terrorism Working Groups. In 2006 he was seconded by the European Commission as senior political advisor to the Special Representative of the United Nations for the Elections in the Ivory Coast. His career at the European Commission had previously included: secretary of the task force for German unification, head of training for the Commission's External Service and policy adviser for European Security and Defence Policy, counter-terrorism and relations with NATO.
David Spence was educated at the Strand School, London. He trained in export marketing and business management at Bremen's Chamber of Commerce, then studied politics and international relations at Sussex University, St. Antony's College, Oxford, Nice university and Sciences-Po (Paris). Before joining the European Commission in 1990, he was lecturer in politics at the Sorbonne and the Ecole Normale Supérieure, adviser to Wilton Park, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office conference centre, then Head of European Training at the UK Civil Service College. As a hobby he ran two restaurants in South London in the 1980s.
He has published widely on European affairs. In addition to various articles on the Commission and the EU, on CFSP, and on effective multilateralism, he is the editor with Brian Hocking of Foreign Ministries in the European Union: integrating diplomats, Palgrave, 2006, The European Commission, Harper, 3rd edition 2006, The EU and Terrorism, Harper, 2007 and The EU and Security Sector Reform, Harper, 2008. His most recent publications are 'EU Governance and Global Governance' in 'Global Governance and Diplomacy: worlds apart' published by Palgrave in 2008, and edited by A. Cooper, B. Hocking and W. Maley; Days of Dogs and Roses: the European Commission between foreign policy and external relations in Revue des Affaires européennes 2009-2010/1; Deconstructing EU Governance: how the European Commission constructed EU governance policy and how it attempts to export it in J. Wunnerlich and D. Bailey, The EU and Global Governance, Routledge, 2011.
Most recently he published The Early Days of the European External Action Service: A Practitioner’s View, in the Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 2012. He is currently working on a contribution to a book on the French critical sociologist, Luc Boltanski, in which he and Professor William Outhwaite of Newcastle University reflect on the relevance of the theoretical frameworks of Bourdieu, Boltanski and Georgeakis to the analysis of the EU.
His research project at the LSE is focussed on the changing nature of European Diplomacy. He is the organiser of a major conference on the European External Action Service to be held in London on 22nd November and a related book to be published in 2013.
Click here for details of the conference on the European External Action Service 22 and 23 November 2012.
2010-11 Elizabeth Iskander
Elizabeth worked as a Middle East analyst in various capacities for ten years. She writes for publications in English and Arabic, including World Politics Review, al-Majalla, EA Worldview, Roz al-Yousef, Oxford Analytica and the Economist Intelligence Unit. She has also coordinated a number of research projects on Middle Eastern politics, religion and law for non-governmental organisations.
From 2003-5 she coordinated a project on Islamic law and international parental child abduction for Reunite. This project involved researching laws pertaining to child custody, guardianship, marriage and nationality in 40 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Elizabeth wrote up the findings and created a database which is now used to advise families, the Foreign Office and lawyers on key legal, cultural and religious issues.
Between 2005-2010 Elizabeth completed her doctoral studies in Middle East politics. Her thesis is entitled, "Coptic Media Discourses of Belonging: Negotiating Egyptian Citizenship and Religious Difference in the Press and Online". During this time she tutored undergraduate students in Middle East Studies and from 2008-10 she also worked as director of research at the Next Century Foundation, a conflict resolution think tank engaged in track two diplomacy and research on the Middle East region with an emphasis on Iran.
Elizabeth has a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge, an MA in International and Comparative Law from the London School of Oriental and African Studies and a BA in Arabic and Politics from the University of Exeter.
Elizabeth's programme of research was an analysis of Arabic media discourses concerning Iran and particularly Iran as a potential source of conflict for the Middle East region. The project built on her research into media representations of sectarian conflict and her policy work on Iran and Middle East security. She explored how Arabic media constructs potential regional conflict between Iran and Arab. The research focussed on understanding the role of identity politics in Arab-Iranian relations, with an emphasis on examining whether there is an increased tendency to represent regional tensions and security challenges as a clash between Sunni Muslims and Shia Muslims. The objective was to contribute to a nuanced understanding of the position of the Arab world vis-à-vis the current tensions between Iran and the international community and the role that religious sectarian discourses could potentially play.
Elizabeth's papers included:
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2009-10 Ben Shepherd
From 2004-2009 Ben was the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) specialist on the Great Lakes region of Africa and African conflict, with a primary focus on Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). His work included frequent research visits to the region and short postings in Eastern DRC, Kinshasa, Kampala and Paris. He was previously (2002-2004) the researcher and co-ordinator for the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes at the UK Houses of Parliament. He holds a BSc in Politics and Sociology from the University of Bristol and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. He can work in English and French.
Ben's program of research examined the policy choices of state actors in addressing conflict involving non-state armed groups in areas of weak or non-existent state control, including the dynamics of seeking negotiated settlements and state-building as a conflict resolution tool. Research focussed on a number of case studies, to include Somalia, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and the DRC, through the lens of UK foreign policy decision-making. Ben maintained a secondary focus on contemporary events in Central Africa.
Ben's papers included:
2008-9 Elizabeth Stubbins Bates
Elizabeth Stubbins Bates was the first David Davies of Llandinam Research Fellow from 2008-9. From 1 October 2009, Elizabeth was a Visiting Fellow at the LSE Law Department, while she completes a book on counter-terrorism and international law for the International Bar Association. Publication took place in spring 2010. Elizabeth presented the book's preliminary findings at a panel discussion at the International Bar Association Annual Meeting in Madrid in October 2009.
In 2007, Elizabeth was a consultant expert in international humanitarian law for the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University (HPCR).
In 2005 and 2006, Elizabeth was a Legal Adviser to three regional programmes and to the Darfur Crisis Team at Amnesty International. Also in 2006, Elizabeth held an Arthur C. Helton Fellowship from the American Society of International Law (ASIL), and monitored human rights violations against children and young adults with mental disabilities in Bulgaria.
Elizabeth has an LL.M. (Master of Laws) from Harvard Law School and a BA in Law from Oxford University. She can work in English and French, and speaks some Russian.
Her research on state practice in counter-terrorism detention led to a collaboration with the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute. Elizabeth wrote a book commissioned by the International Bar Association entitled Terrorism and International Law: Accountability, Remedies and Reform (ISBN 978-0-19-958918-0) which was published by the Oxford University Press in February 2011. The book was overseen by the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute Terrorism Task Force.
In addition to her work with the International Bar Association, Elizabeth researched and drafted three articles for publication during the David Davies of Llandinam Research Fellowship. The first, 'From Assertion to Methodology in Customary International Human Rights Law' (© ASIL) was published in late 2010 in the Proceedings of the American Society of International Law Annual (ASIL) Meeting 2009, having been presented at the Annual Meeting's Research Showcase. The second article, 'Examining Lex Specialis: Detention and the Co-Applicability of International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law', will be submitted for publication in the summer of 2009. The third article, 'Customary International Human Rights Law and Detention in the "War on Terror"', was presented at the LSE Department of International Relations IR500 Seminar for Staff and Research Students in April 2009.
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Dinam Fellow Conferences
Reinventing Corporate Accountability After Rana Plaza - 23 June 2015
The Rana Plaza collapse - which resulted in a death toll of over 1100 victims, and leaving more than 2,500 workers people injured - is the deadliest garment-factory disaster in history. For many observers, the collapse revealed the moral bankruptcy of private regulatory initiatives, including codes of conduct and their monitoring systems, set up to address substandard working conditions within global production networks. This one-day workshop will bring together experts to discuss alternative strategies of regulating corporate behavior throughout global production networks. It will debate the role of (transnational) social movements and solidarity in keeping lead firms accountable; explore the role of initiatives that put labor agency central; and debate possibilities for keeping corporations legally accountable for substandard working conditions.
Click here for full details of the programme and speakers and how to register.
The European External Action Service: Changing the Nature of Diplomacy or Old Wine in New Bottles?
A conference at Europe House organised by the London School of Economics and the Wyndham Place Charlemagne Trust
22/23 November 2012
Click here for full details and to download programme, papers, audio podcasts and final conference report.
Arab-Iranian Relations: Discourses of Conflict and Cooperation Conference
Wednesday 7 September 2011
Relations between Iran and its Arab neighbours have been marked by a complex ebb and flow of tensions, suspicions and alliances. Now, in the midst of the Arab uprisings, these relations have been thrown into greater flux and this uncertainty has severe implications for the whole Middle East region. This timely conference will feature leading academics and journalists who will explore the impact of recent events on the future relations between Iran and Arab states.
The conference is organized around four panel discussions:
Iran and the Arab World Post-2003
Reporting Iranian-Arab Relations: Media, Ethics and Conflict
Ethnicity, Religion and Nation
National Security, Regional Stability: Prospects for Arab-Iranian Conflict and Cooperation
Keynote speaker: Professor Gary Sick, Columbia University
podcast of the keynote speech by Professor Gary Sick - 91mins
podcast of session 1 - Iran and the Arab World post-2003 [mp3]
Conference Briefing Paper November 2011 [PDF]
For the full programme click here [Word].
On 6 May 2009, the LSE Department of International Relations held a Symposium on Detention and Rendition in the "War on Terror", organised by the first David Davies of Llandinam Research Fellow. The Symposium comprised four panel discussions, each of which included academics in International Law and International Relations, and a representative of a human rights non-governmental organisation. The programme for the Symposium and audio files of the day's discussion can be found below.
Symposium on Detention and Rendition in the War on Terror [PDF] - Conference Programme 2009
Podcast of session 1 [mp3]
Podcast of session 2 [mp3]
Podcast of session 3 [mp3]
Podcast of session 4 [mp3]
Dinam Fellow Annual Reports
2009: Elizabeth Stubbins Bates Annual Report 1 October 2008 to 30 September 2009 [Word].
2010: Ben Shepherd Annual Report 2009-2010 [Word]
2011: Elizabeth Iskander Annual Report 2010-11 [Word]
This is a fixed term fellowship held in the International Relations Department at the LSE, normally held for a period of one or two years. It is intended for practitioners in the field of international politics, broadly conceived, rather than as a post for someone pursuing an academic career.
The 2014 Fellowship has now been announced.
To pursue a research project, which should normally involve collaboration with international, governmental or non-governmental organizations (including civil society groups and private sector enterprise). The project may relate to any area of policy in the field of international politics, including for example: international human rights; corporate responsibility and accountability of international corporations; international trade; international finance; the environment; war and peace; diplomacy and foreign policy; conflict resolution and new security challenges (see Research Projects).
To disseminate research to academic and non-academic outlets through publication and contribution to relevant conferences and seminars.
To organize at least one seminar/conference at the LSE on the theme of the research project, building bridges between academic and policy communities, in each year of the fellowship (see Conferences).
To report regularly to the David Davies of Llandinam Fellowship Committee at the LSE, and at least once a year to report to, and meet with, the Donor.
The Fellowship is advertised nationally and internationally. Recruitment normally takes place during Michaelmas Term each year with the appointee's term running from December or January for one calendar year. The 2014 Fellowship has been announced. Details of the application process for the 2015 Fellowship will be advertised in due course.
David Davies of Llandinam
David Davies of Llandinam (1880-1944) was a businessman, politician and international campaigner. A Welshman with a wide range of interests and commitments, he was profoundly influenced by the 1914-1918 war and throughout his life devoted much of his considerable energy and thought to the search for a new approach to international relations.
In 1919, he endowed the first chair of international politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, for the study of "those related problems of law and politics, of ethics and economics". In 1931, he conceived a new society "The New Commonwealth" to seek a new international order between states, which became a major vehicle for his campaigning on the international stage. His approach to international relations had at its core a profound commitment to democracy, a recognition that ordinary people paid the price for failures in relations between states, and a belief that people everywhere should wake up to the fact that the "world is our concern".
David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies at Aberystwyth University