The UN Business and Human Security Initiative team brings multi disciplinary expertise and broad geographical knowledge on business contributions to peace building and sustainable development.

Mary Martin 2022

Mary Martin is Director of the UN Business and Human Security Initiative. Her research focuses on the role of the private sector in conflict and peacebuilding and private security in the international system. She was co-ordinator of the Human Security Study Group 2006-1010, reporting to the High Representative of the European Union. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.


Dr Vesna Bojicic- Dzelilovic is co-director of UN Business and Human Security Initiative at LSE. Her research interests lie in the political economy of development, focusing on war economy, post-war economic reconstruction, and the role of international aid in transitioning from armed conflict. She holds PhD in Economics and MA in Development Economics.

Mark Van Dorp

Mark van Dorp is Research Associate for the the UN Business and Human Security Initiative. He is a senior consultant specializing in sustainable economic development in fragile and conflict-affected settings. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of Private Sector Development, Value Chain Analysis, responsible business, ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues, human security, conflict and peace building. His main focus is to understand and improve policies and practices of businesses and investors to contribute to responsible and peaceful development in fragile settings. Mark has worked with research centres, NGOs, businesses, governments and multilateral institutions, including the World Bank/IFC, UNDP and IOM. 

Alice Bryant

Alice Bryant is Research Officer for the UN Business and Human Security Initiative.

Job Opportunity

The UN Business and Human Security Initiative at LSE is seeking an occasional research assistant to work on the programme: Mainstreaming the Human Security Business Partnership Approach for the private sector, governments and the UN system. The programme seeks to further and support the engagement of the private sector in multi-stakeholder collaborations, to achieve sustainable development outcomes, working closely with companies and other private sector actors, the UN system, national governments, academic institutions and other national and international actors. The programme is funded by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security and has been running since 2018.

Job description: The postholder will provide research and administrative support to the programme; working closely with programme codirectors.

The post holder will be required to:

  • support the organisation of team meetings (drafting the agenda, communication with participants, keeping meeting minutes, and dissemination of relevant documents)
  • support financial management of the project, including processing payment requests and liaising with LSE post-award Research Division and LSE IDEAS centre and financial managers
  • oversee and manage the programme’s website
  • maintain the project’s data base
  • assist in preparing reports to the funder
  • provide administrative support in the organisation of public events as part of the project’s outreach strategy
  • conduct discrete pieces of research at the request of the principal investigator and co-investigator, in support of project deliverables.

Work Hours and period of employment: The post is an equivalent of FTE0.2, on an hourly contract basis, for the period 1 January - 31 August 2024.

Should you have any queries about the role, please email