Dr John Gledhill

Associate Professor of Global Governance

John Gledhill is Associate Professor of Global Governance in Oxford's Department of International Development, and a Fellow of St Cross College.

Before coming to Oxford in 2011, he was an LSE Fellow in Global Politics at the London School of Economics, and he has previously taught at Georgetown and George Washington universities.

In his research, writing, and teaching, John investigates diverse themes of peace and conflict, including peacekeeping and peacebuilding, conflict processes, state formation and dissolution, nonviolent resistance, and (transnational) social mobilisation.

His recent academic writings have appeared in journals such as the European Journal of International RelationsInternational PeacekeepingOxford Development Studies, and the Journal of Global Security Studies.

At ODID, John teaches on the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy. In 2013, he received a Teaching Excellence Award for his work at the University of Oxford, and he had previously received the same award for his teaching at the London School of Economics. 

Outside of ODID, he is a member of the Steering Committee of OxPeace, which is a group that brings together scholars and practitioners around Oxford who are committed to promoting the study of peace, peacemaking, peacebuilding, and peacekeeping. He sits on the Governing Council of the Conflict Research Society, is a (Visiting) Research Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (University of Queensland), and was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Government at the University of Sydney in 2019.

He holds a PhD in Government from Georgetown University, and he received the University Gold Medal for his undergraduate work at Trinity College, Dublin.

Teaching & Supervision
After exit: assessing the consequences of United Nations peacekeeping withdrawal
Glee and grievance in nonviolent resistance

John coordinates the foundation course in Global Governance for the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy. He also offers optional courses on Peacebuilding & Statebuilding and, from 2016-17, Non-Violent Protest Movements.

Research Students supervised

Alex Barnes
Research Student
Sabrina Brandt
Research Student
Rachel Morrow-Nguyen
Research Student

Journal articles and special issues

Gledhill, John (with Allard Duursma and Christopher Shay) (2022) 'Glee and Grievance: Emotive Events and Campaign Size in Nonviolent Resistance', Journal of Global Security Studies 7 (4)
Gledhill, John (with Richard Caplan, Maline Meiske) (2021) 'Developing peace: the evolution of development goals and activities in United Nations peacekeeping', Oxford Development Studies 49 (3) 201-29
Gledhill, John (2020) 'The Pieces Kept after Peace is Kept: Assessing the (Post-Exit) Legacies of Peace Operations', International Peacekeeping 27 (1) 1-11
Gledhill, John (with R Dolan, Jeremy Snyder) (2019) 'Availability without Access? Globalization and Socio-Political Cleavages in Emerging Economies', Globalizations 16 (1) 83-103
Gledhill, John (with Jonathan Bright) (2019) 'Studying Peace and Studying Conflict: Complementary or Competing Projects?', Journal of Global Security Studies 4 (2) 259–66
Gledhill, John (with Allard Duursma) (2019) 'Voted Out: Regime Type, Elections, and Contributions to UN Peacekeeping Operations', European Journal of International Relations. 25 (4) 1157-85
Gledhill, John (with Jonathan Bright) (2018) 'A Divided Discipline? Mapping Peace and Conflict Studies', International Studies Perspectives 19 (2) 128–47
Gledhill, John (2017) 'When State Capacity Dissolves: Explaining Variation in Violent Conflict and Conflict Moderation', European Journal of International Security 2 (2) 153-78
Gledhill, John (2014) 'A Confluence of Competitions: Regime-Building and Violence in Timor-Leste', Asian Security 10 (2) 123-150
Gledhill, John (2013) 'Assessing (In)security after the Arab Spring: Editor's Introduction', PS: Political Science and Politics 46 (4) 709-15
Gledhill, John (2013) 'Conclusion: Managing (In)security in Post-Arab Spring Transitions', PS: Political Science and Politics 46 (4) 736-9
Gledhill, John (2012) 'Competing for Change: Regime Transition, Intrastate Competition, and Violence', Security Studies 21 (1) 43-82


Gledhill, John (with Richard Caplan and Maline Meiske) (forthcoming) 'Peacekeeping Operations: The Endgame'. In Han Dorussen (ed) Handbook on Peacekeeping and International Relations , Edward Elgar
Gledhill, John (with Ariel I Ahram) (2017) 'Exiles and Political Islam: Contrasting Khomeini’s Religious Nationalism with bin Laden’s Violent Globalism'. In David Malet, Miriam J Anderson (eds) Transnational Actors in War and Peace: Militants, Activists, and Corporations in World Politics , Washington DC: Georgetown University Press
Gledhill, John (2013) 'European Integration and Confrontations with the Communist Past'. In Denisa Kostovicova (ed) Transitional Justice in Post-Yugoslav States: Political Will and Public Support for the RECOM Process , Belgrade: Humanitarian Law Center

Encyclopedia entries

Gledhill, John (with Nadya Nedelsky) (2013) '[The] European Court of Human Rights', In Lavinia Stan, Nadya Nedelsky (eds) Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice New York: Cambridge University Press
Gledhill, John (2013) '[The] European Union', In Lavinia Stan, Nadya Nedelsky (eds) Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice New York: Cambridge University Press

Other publications

Gledhill, John (2018) 'The Study of Peace and Conflict: in Need of (Intellectual) Insurgency?', E-International Relations
15 June, 2021
New article co-authored by John Gledhill examines relationship between UN peacekeeping and development activities
24 April, 2019
New article collection introduced by John Gledhill and Jonathan Bright explores ‘state of the discipline’ of peace and conflict studies
27 February, 2019
New article co-authored by John Gledhill examines links between regime type and involvement in UN peacekeeping
20 February, 2019
New ESRC-funded project to explore what happens to countries after peacekeepers leave
07 November, 2018
New article co-authored by John Gledhill and DPhil Richard Dolan explores impact of globalization on social divides in emerging economies
01 November, 2018
New article by John Gledhill analyses 'opportunities' as driver of armed conflict
07 March, 2018
New article co-authored by John Gledhill maps divisions in peace and conflict studies
28 April, 2017
New article by John Gledhill explores variation in violent conflict after collapse of state capacity
05 June, 2014
John Gledhill Appointed Associate Professor of Global Governance
18 October, 2013
Symposium Edited by John Gledhill Assesses (In)security after the Arab Spring
Research interests:

Conflict processes; social mobilisation and contentious politics; regime change and democratisation; state formation, failure, and reconstruction; transitional justice and collective remembrance; peacemaking and peacekeeping; peace studies.