Senior Research Fellow
Dr Alison Brettle is a Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London and a Senior Research Fellow at ICSR. Her research examines war- to-peace transitions in fragile and conflict affected areas with a specific focus on state and non-state armed groups. She is particularly interested in the role leadership and relationships play in helping individuals and groups move away from conflict towards peace. She teaches at the Royal College of Defence Studies and on various courses at the UK’s Defence Academy. She holds a PhD in War Studies from KCL and was previously a visiting researcher at the Centre for Experimental Social Science at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. She is a member of the SSR Advisory Network to the United Nations. Her doctoral research explored the relational processes involved in entering and exiting non-state armed groups in eastern Congo, and conceptualised nascent state-society relations between former enemies as networked dynamics shaped by prestige and patronage. She holds an MA in Applied Conflict Resolution from the Peace Studies Department (Distinction) at the University of Bradford and an MA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Staffordshire. Before joining KCL, Alison worked as a broadcast journalist, presenter and media trainer in the UK, GCC and West Africa.