Dr Alex Cunliffe
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Dr Alex Cunliffe

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in International Relations

Plymouth School of Government (Faculty of Business)

Role

Group Leader of  International Relations & Politics

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications:

1973-75 Faculty Award for Undergraduate Excellence,

University of Liverpool.

1976 B.A. (Hons.) Political Theory and Institutions,

University of Liverpool, Class 2:1.

1982 Ph.D. University of Liverpool.

Thesis: The Politics of International Economic Aid to Independent Africa

Professional membership

International Association for the Study of Forced Migration

Roles on external bodies

PARTICIPATION IN OUTSIDE BODIES

Political Studies Association

British International Studies Association

Academic Council of the United Nations

European Consortium for Political Research

Refugee Studies Programme, University of Oxford

Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada.

International Association for the Study of Forced Migration

Teaching interests

Introduction to International Relations; International Political Economy;  Refugee Studies.

Research interests

CURRENT RESEARCH

My current research interests, focussing primarily upon refugee issues, have evolved from a number of national and international academic contacts. As a result of British Council sponsorship, I was offered research facilities in the Centre for Asian Studies at University of Hong Kong where I conducted research into the plight of the Vietnamese Boat People in the former colony. Over the last ten years, research into refugee studies has proceeded apace with a number of mainstream publications in refereed journals such as Political Studies, Security Dialogue, Refugee Survey Quarterly and The Journal of Refugee Studies.  I have collaborated closely with Dr. Michael Pugh, editor of the journal, International Peacekeeping, analysing the role of the UNHCR in the conflict in former Yugoslavia. I continue to be an active member of a number of international academic organisations including the European Consortium for Political Research, having presented a paper entitled ‘European Asylum Policy: building or breaking the fortress barriers?’ at the  Joint Sessions in Copenhagen. In addition, I was invited to present a paper at the University of North Carolina in March 2001. This was an international conference with only 10 invited speakers, sponsored by the US Department of Education and the Andrew W Mellon Foundation in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the UNHCR.

With the assistance of a research grant of £15,000 by regional and community organisations, I am now co-ordinating a project to examine the needs and skills of refugees and asylum seekers in the South West Peninsula of the United Kingdom. It is the purpose of this research project to provide both a quantitative and qualitative contribution towards the debate about the impact of refugees and asylum seekers within recipient states.

At the same time I have maintained my research interest in the politics of economic aid, successfully supervising Alan Davis to the award of his Ph. D. in 1998 with a thesis entitled, ‘An Examination of the Flow of Economic Aid to Sub-Saharan Africa’. In addition, I jointly supervised the doctoral thesis of Samantha King in 2003 in her investigation of ‘The Justiciability of War Crimes’ (BISA award for doctoral research 2003). This thesis was awarded the BISA Prize for Excellence.

 I received a grant of £7,500 from the British Academy to undertake a research project with Dr. John Wilton. Research Project: A European Identity: a case study of new European Union citizens attending higher education in the Czech Republic . These research interests have been channelled directly into recent teaching and research initiatives at the University of Plymouth. In 2007 & 2010 I received TQEF (Teaching through Research) funding to develop a two year project to enable students enrolled upon the Stage 3 Refugee Studies  module to develop work experience with a number of voluntary agencies working with asylum seekers and refugees in the City.

Latest publication: Non Governmental Organisations and the Management of HIV and AIDS in Refugee Camps of Sub Saharan Africa: a Comparison of Marratane Camp in Mozambique and Kakuma Camp in Kenya, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, January 2011 .

Other research

GRANTS:

1990 British Council. £2,000 to support Honorary Visiting Lectureship, University of Hong Kong.

2002 Virginia House Settlement. £15,000 to examine Skills and Needs of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the Plymouth Area.

2003-05 SOCRATES Programme. Euro1500 to develop teaching and Research Links at University of Brno, Czech Republic.

2003 Social Inclusion Partnership, Plymouth City Council. £8,000 to examine Service Provision for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Plymouth.

2005 The British Academy, £7,400 Research Project: A European Identity: a case study of new European Union citizens attending higher education in the Czech Republic.

2007 TQEF & 2010 fund to devleop work experience opportunities for Refugee Studies students

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

I have been involved in the supervision of several doctoral postgraduates to successful completion, including Alan Davis in 1998 with a thesis entitled, ‘An Examination of the Flow of Economic Aid to Sub-Saharan Africa’, and Samantha King in 2003 in her investigation of ‘The Justiciability of War Crimes’. Dr. King's thesis was awarded a prize for exceptional doctoral research by the British International Studies Association.

I have also acted as external examiner for a doctoral student at the University of Liverpoool.

Grants & contracts

GRANTS:

1990 British Council. £2,000 to support Honorary Visiting Lectureship, University of Hong Kong.

2002 Virginia House Settlement. £15,000 to examine Skills and Needs of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the Plymouth Area.

2003-05 SOCRATES Programme. Euro1500 to develop teaching and Research Links at University of Brno, Czech Republic.

2003 Social Inclusion Partnership, Plymouth City Council. £8,000 to examine Service Provision for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Plymouth.

2005 The British Academy, £7,400 Research Project: A European Identity: a case study of new European Union citizens attending higher education in the Czech Republic.

2007 TQEF 'Teaching through Research' £4,270. Work Experience for Refugee Studies students.

Research groups

  • Plymouth International Studies Centre

Publications:

 

CUNLIFFE, S. A., British Economic Aid Policy and International Human Rights: a Comparative Analysis of Conservative and Labour Policies in the 1970s, Political Studies, (1985), XXXIII, pp101-112.

CUNLIFFE, S. A. (with N. Casey), Development Studies: an Update,Teaching Politics, (1985), Vol.14, No. 3, pp416-428.

CUNLIFFE, S. A. (with N. Casey) Insularity and Disciplinary Specialisation in the British Educational Culture: the case of Development Studies, Journal of Further and Higher Education, (1985), Vol. 9, No.2, pp. 60-68.

CUNLIFFE, S. A. Introducing Development Studies, in L. Robins (ed.,), Introducing Political Science, Longman, 1985, pp148-60.

CUNLIFFE, S. A. (with M. Laver), African Aid Links and U.N. Voting: a Research Note, International Interactions, Vol. 12, No.2, 1987, pp95-107.

CUNLIFFE, S. A. Economic Aid and Human Rights, chapter in D.Hill ed., Human Rights and Foreign Policy: Principles and Practice, Macmillan, 1989.

CUNLIFFE, S. A. Vietnamese Refugees in Hong Kong and the Lessons for the International Community, Politics , October 1990.

CUNLIFFE, S. A. Refugees in South East Asia: Problems and Prescriptions., The Pacific Review, Vol.4, No.3, 1991, pp272-277.

CUNLIFFE, S. A. International Students at the University of Plymouth: an Examination of Admissions and Needs, Journal of International Education, Vol.4, No.3, 1993, pp66-76.

CUNLIFFE, S. A. (with J. Wilton), A Shadow from the Past: Child Protection in the “New” Romania, Public Policy Review, Vol. 2, No. 2, Autumn 1994, pp25-29.

CUNLIFFE, S. A. (with J. Wilton), An Agenda For Comparison in the New Europe, Current Politics and Economics of Europe, Vol 4, No. 2/3, 1995, pp157-170.

CUNLIFFE, S. A. (with J. Wilton), Comparative Political Analysis and Eastern Europe Post-1989, Talking Politics, Spring 1995, pp36-41.

CUNLIFFE, S. A. The Refugee Crises: a Study of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Political Studies,Vol. XLIII, No. 2, 1995, pp278-90.

CUNLIFFE, S. A. (with M. Pugh), The UNHCR in Yugoslavia, Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, Cambridge University, Spring 1996, http:www.jha.sps.cam.ac.uk.

CUNLIFFE, S. A. (with M. Pugh), The Lead Agency Concept in Humanitarian Assistance: the Case of the UNHCR, Security Dialogue, Vol. 28, 1997, pp27-40.

CUNLIFFE, S. A., From Refugees to Migrants: the Vietnamese Boat People in Hong Kong, Asian Affairs, Vol. 1, 1997, pp10-13.

CUNLIFFE, S. A. (with M. Pugh), The Politicisation of the UNHCR in Former Yugoslavia, Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol. 10, 1997 pp134-153.

CUNLIFFE, S. A., Hong Kong and the Indo-Chinese Refugees: Reflections on the International Refugee Environment, Refuge, York University, Vol. 16 (1998), pp37-40.
 

CUNLIFFE, S. A. (with M. Pugh),UNHCR as leader in humanitarian assistance: a triumph of politics over law? In Nicholson F., & Twomey P., eds., Refugee Rights and Realities: evolving international concepts and regimes,
Cambridge University Press 1999, pp175-200.

CUNLIFFE, S. A., Service Provision for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Plymouth, Commissioned by Social Inclusion Partnership City of Plymouth, University of Plymouth, May 2003.

CUNLIFFE, S.A. (with J. Wilton), The Development of a European Asylum Policy in an Expanded EU, Migration Online, Migration, 101, May 2006, www.migrationonline.cz

CUNLIFFE, S.A. (with D. Bahiraey), Refugee Transition and Employment Prospects in Plymouth and the S.W. United Kingdom, Refugee Survey Quarterly,  2007, Volume 25 No. 2, pp123-134.

CUNLIFFE, S.A., (with H. Gilbert), Non-governmental Oganisations and the Management of HIV/AIDS in Refugee Camps: a comparison of Marratane camp in Mozambique and Kakuma camp in Kenya, Journal of Contempoarry African Sudies, 2011.

Reports & invited lectures

In March 2001, I was invited to present a paper at the University of North Carolina . This was an international conference with only 10 invited speakers, sponsored by the US Department of Education and the Andrew W Mellon Foundation in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the UNHCR.

Report:

CUNLIFFE, S. A., Service Provision for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Plymouth, Commissioned by Social Inclusion Partnership, Plymouth City Council, May 2003.

CUNLIFFE, S.A., Fortess Europe? Presented to Ministry of Defence, University of Bradford Management Centre, 2006

CUNLIFFE, S.A., Integration Prospects for Refugees in the Souith West, Journeys and Justice Conference: Forced Migration, seeking asylum and human rights, University of Leeds, January 2010

Other academic activities

Academic referee: Political Studies; Journal of International Migration and Integration; Journal of Refugee Studies, Economic and Social Research Council.