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Dr David Maher

Lecturer in International Relations


I studied at the University of Manchester (BSc), King's College London (MA) and the University of Kent (PhD). My current research investigates economic development in the context of civil war violence. I joined the University of Salford in early 2014, as a part-time Lecturer in International Political Economy. Later in the year, I accepted a full-time position at the University and I am currently a Lecturer in International Relations.


Civil war and Development, International Political Economy, International Politics 2, US Foreign Policy, Strategic and Security Studies, the Arab-Israeli Conflict.

Research Interests

My research investigates the links between economic development, globalisation and political violence (including civil war and terrorism). I also analyse the political economy of US foreign policy, amongst other topics within the global political economy. Within international relations, I am particularly interested in applying an international political economy framework to the analysis of international security. Hitherto, my main research outputs have analysed the links between economic development and civil war violence in Colombia. I have also researched peace processes in Colombia. I am currently broadening my research agenda to analyse other civil war economies and political violence beyond the Colombian case.

Qualifications and Memberships

B.Sc (Hons) Sociology (University of Manchester) MA in Conflict, Security & Development (King’s College London) PhD in International Conflict Analysis (University of Kent) Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Member of the International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies



Maher, David. 2018. Civil war and uncivil development: economic globalisation and political violence in Colombia and beyond. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Refereed journal articles

Maher, David and Andrew Thomson. 2018.  ‘A precarious peace? The threat of paramilitary violence to the peace process in Colombia’. Third World Quarterly. DOI:10.1080/01436597.2018.1508992

Maher, David. 2015. ‘The fatal attraction of civil war economies: Foreign direct investment and political violence. A case study of Colombia’. International Studies Review, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 217-248. DOI: 10.1111/misr.12218

Maher, David. 2015. ‘Rooted in violence: economic development, international trade and the expansion of palm oil in Colombia’. New Political Economy, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 299-330. DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2014.923825

Maher, David, and Andrew Thomson. 2011. ‘The terror that underpins the “peace”: the political economy of Colombia’s paramilitary demobilisation process’. Critical Studies on Terrorism, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 95-113. DOI: 10.1080/17539153.2011.553391

Chapters published in edited volumes

Maher, David, and Andrew Thomson. 2016. Applying Marxism to critical terrorism studies: Analysis through a historical materialist lens. In Critical Methods in Terrorism Studies, eds. Jacob Stump and Priya Dixit. London: Routledge.


Stokes, Doug, and David Maher. 2014. Marxism and US foreign policy. In Obama and the World: New Directions in US Foreign Policy (Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy), eds. Inderjeet Parmar, Linda B. Miller and Mark Ledwidge. London: Routledge (2nd edition).

Book review

Garry Leech. 2011. ‘The FARC: The longest insurgency’. London: Zed Books. Critical Studies on Terrorism, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 149-152. DOI: 10.1080/17539153.2012.659924