Gemma Collantes-Celador

Senior Lecturer, Cranfield University

Dr Gemma Collantes-Celador holds a MA (Honours) in Politics from the University of Edinburgh, a MSc in Theory and History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a PhD in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (now University of Aberystwyth). During her undergraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh she spent one academic year as an exchange student in the Department of Political Science, Queen’s University (Canada).

Before joining Cranfield University in October 2016, Gemma held a lectureship post in international security at City, University of London and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). She also completed traineeship programmes at the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (Brussels, 2001) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Western European Union (Paris, 2000-2001).

Gemma’s research interests and expertise fall within the area of conflict, security and development, with particular attention to the following themes: post-conflict peacebuilding processes, security sector reform/security governance, transitional justice, EU Common Security and Defence Policy, International Criminal Court, Human Security. Much of her research has focused on the Western Balkans. Through her work, Gemma has collaborated in research projects with Prof. Mary Kaldor’s Human Security Study Group (based at the LSE), the Swedish National Defence College, Chr. Michelsen Institute (Norway), and the CIDOB Foundation (Spain). She has also conducted research with funding from the Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission (EuroMeSCo). Between 2011-2016 Gemma was co-convenor of the South East Europe Working Group of the British International Studies Association (BISA).

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Recent publications

Collantes-Celador G & Schwandner-Sievers S (2018) Introduction to Special Section on ‘Police Reform and Human Rights in the Western Balkans’, International Journal of Human Rights.

Collantes-Celador, G. (2016) “The Defence of an Institution under Challenge: The EU and the International Criminal Court”, in Esther Barbé, Oriol Costa and Robert Kissack (eds.), EU Policy Responses to a Shifting Multilateral System, Palgrave Macmillan.

Collantes-Celador, G. (2013) “Civil Society and the Bosnian Police Certification Process: Challenging ‘the Guardians’”, in Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic, James Ker-Lindsay and Denisa Kostovicova (eds.), Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 177-195.

Collantes-Celador, G. (2013) “Not There Yet – Spain’s Security Strategy from a Human Security Perspective”, in Mary Martin, Mary Kaldor and Narcis Serra (eds.), National, European and Human Security: From Co-existence to Convergence, Routledge, pp. 89-109.

Berdal, M., Collantes-Celador, G. and Zupcevic, M. (2012) “Post-war Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, in Mats Berdal and Astri Suhrke (eds.), The Peace in Between: Post-War Violence and Peacebuilding, Routledge, pp. 75-94.

Collantes-Celador, G. (2012) “La UE en la Negociación, Revisión e Implementación del Estatuto de Roma – Sus Limites como ‘Actor Global Dinámico y Eficaz’” (The EU in the Negotiation, Revision and Implementation of the Rome Statute – Its Limits as an ‘Effective and Dynamic Global Player’), in Esther Barbé (ed.), Cambio Mundial y Gobernanza Global: La Interacción entre la Unión Europea y las Instituciones Internacionales (World Change and Global Governance: The EU’s Interaction with International Institutions), Barcelona: Tecnos, pp. 142-159.


More from Gemma…

From the Diasporisation to the Transnationalisation of Exile Politics – The Case of Sri Lanka, 1983-2016

Three CREST-funded Thematic Reports have been published which examine political action among diaspora populations. Migrant communities are increasingly recognised as critical actors in their...Read More »

Understanding Transnational Diaspora Politics: A Conceptual Discussion

This is the first of three CREST-funded Thematic Reports published by a team of researchers at City, University of London, and Cranfield University at...Read More »

The Engagement of Refugees in Transnational Politics: Lessons from the Migration, Diaspora and Refugee Studies Literature

18-035-01 Thematic Report Two (Small)This is the second of three CREST-funded Thematic Reports published by a team of researchers at City, University of London, and Cranfield University at...Read More »

Asylum, Security and Extremism

18-036-01 Thematic Report Three (Small)This is the last of three Thematic Reports published as part of a CREST-funded project carried out by a team of researchers at City,...Read More »

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