Dr. David Maher

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

Crescent House 200a

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Current positions

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.

Areas of research

International Relations, International Security, Peace, Conflict & Development studies, Area Studies, Globalisation


  • 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 Steering Committee for the ECPR’s Standing Group on Political Violence