Conflict and Disasters Research Group

Bringing Together Expertise

The Conflict and Disasters Research Group is a socio-legal and interdisciplinary group led by academics with a passion for researching conflict and disaster situations. It brings together existing expertise and networks from the UK and overseas. 

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What are we doing?

This Research Group is led by academics with a passion for researching conflict and disaster situations. It brings together existing expertise and networks from the UK and overseas. The research group facilitates interdisciplinary discussion and research within social sciences, life sciences and the arts, both within the University of Lincoln and externally.


Why is it important?

Conflicts and disasters have affected, and will continue to affect, individuals, communities, States, regions and continent’s. The Research Group’s mission is to progress the ability of people, States and international organisations to withstand and rebuild after conflicts and disasters. The Research Group, therefore, facilitates interdisciplinary discussion, events and projects.


How are we different?

The Research Group is a socio-legal and interdisciplinary group. Its members are academics and have worked on the ground, with community groups, with the State and international organisations in the fields of conflicts and disasters. 



Academic Staff


Dr. Christy Shucksmith

Senior Lecturer

Dr Scarlett McArdle

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Alexandra Bohm 

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Amal Ali


Tom Martin

Lecturer, School of Film & Media

Ben Hudson


Max Brookman-Byrne



Research PhDs


Tom Welch

PhD Student

Dr Christy Shucksmith

Shucksmith, Christy (2017) The International Committee of the Red Cross and its Mandate to Protect and Assist: Law and Practice (Hart Publishing)

Shucksmith, Christy (2017) Building Human Security Through Humanitarian Protection and Assistance: The Potential of the International Committee of the Red Cross (forthcoming)

Shuckmith, Christy (2017) The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Response to Ebola 2014-2016  In: Mark Eccleston-Turner (ed)  Infectious Diseases in the New Millennium: Legal and Ethical Challenges(Palgrave-MacMillan 2017/2018)

Shucksmith, Christy and White, Nigel D. (2015) United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). In: The Oxford handbook of United Nations peacekeeping operations. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN: 9780199686049

Shucksmith, Christy (2016) Torture and moral integrity: a philosophical enquiry [Matthew H. Kramer: Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014].

Shucksmith, Christy (2012) The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament v The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and The Secretary of State for Defence, Advisory declaration, [2002] EWHC 2777 (Admin); ILDC 662 (UK 2002), 17 December 2002. Other. Oxford Law Reports.

Shucksmith, Christy (2012) R v Secretary of State for the Home Department Ex Parte Saadi (FC) and others (FC), Appeal Judgment, (2002) UKHL 41; ILDC 245 (UK 2002); 31 October 2002. Other. Oxford Law Reports.

Shucksmith, Christy (2012) Regina v Secretary of State for the Home Department ex parte Razgar, Appeal judgment, [2004] UKHL 27; ILDC 104 (UK 2004); [2004] 2 AC 368; [2004] 3 WLR 58; [2004] 3 All ER 821, 17 June 2004. Other. Oxford Law Reports.

Shucksmith, Christy (2012) Secretary of State for the Home Department v K(FC); Fornah (FC) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, Appeal Judgment, [2006] UKHL 46; ILDC 732 (UK 2006), 18 October 2006. Other. Oxford Law Reports.


Dr Lucy Easthope

Easthope, Lucy (2016) How do you recover from a flood?. The Guardian. ISSN: The Guardian

Valentine, C. and Woodthorpe, K. and Easthope, L. (2013) Opportunities and barriers to forming a professional identity: communities of practice within UK funeral directing. Mortality, 18 (4). pp. 358-375. ISSN: 1357-6275

Easthope, Lucy (2010) Education matters: talking to the tutors. Funeral Director Monthly, 93 (12). pp. 53-54. ISSN: .

Easthope [writing as Payne], Lucy (2007) Why practitioners should realise the benefits of research.Blueprint, Journal of the Emergency Planning Society. ISSN: .

Eyre, Anne and Easthope [writing as Payne], Lucy (2006) Property rights: returning personal possessions after disasters. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 21 (2). ISSN: 1324-1540

Easthope [writing as Payne], Lucy and Eyre, Anne (2005) Lost property? The role of the police in returning personal possessions after disasters. Police Review. ISSN: 0039-1414

Easthope, Lucy and Mort, Maggie (2014) Technologies of recovery: plans, practices and entangled politics in disaster. In: Disasters and politics: materials, experiments, preparedness. Wiley/Sociological Review. ISBN: 9781118531396

Easthope [writing as Payne], Lucy (2008) Returning property after death and disaster. In: Making sense of death, dying and bereavement: an anthology. Sage. ISBN: 9781847875112


Dr Alexandra Bohm

Brown, Garrett W. and Bohm, Alexandra (2016) Introducing Jus ante Bellum as a cosmopolitan approach to humanitarian intervention. European Journal of International Relations, 22 (4). pp. 897-919. ISSN: 1354-0661

Bohm, Alexandra (2013) Responding to crises: the problematic relationship between security and justice in The Responsibility to Protect. Global Policy, 4 (3). pp. 247-257. ISSN: 1758-5880

Hervey, Tamara and Cryer, Robert and Sokhi-Bulley, Bal and Bohm, Alexandra (2011) Legal research methodologies in EU and international law. Hart Publishing. ISBN: 1841132357

Collins, Richard and Bohm, Alexandra (2017) International law as professional practice: the bounds of legal autonomy. In: International law as a profession. CUP, Cambridge. ISBN: 9781107140394

Bohm, Alexandra (2016) Security and international law: the ‘responsibility to protect’. In: Security and international law. Hart Publishing, UK. ISBN: 9781849466349

Brown, Garrett W. and Bohm, Alexandra (2015) Mieux vaut prévenir que guérir: repenser l’approche cosmopolitique de l’intervention humanitaire. In: Le cosmopolitisme juridique. Pedone Publishing. ISBN: 978223300755


Dr Amal Ali

Amal, Ali (2016) The experiences of face veil wearers in Europe and the law [Eva Brems, 2016].