Dr. David Maher

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

Crescent House 200a

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Current positions

Reader in International Relations/Head of Subject Group for Politics and Contemporary History


I studied at the University of Manchester (BSocSc (Hons)), King's College London (MA) and the University of Kent (PhD). My current research investigates economic development in the context of political violence. I joined the University of Salford in early 2014 and I am currently a Reader 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 

Research Interests

My research investigates the links between economic development, globalisation and political violence (including civil war, terrorism and military intervention). 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 in Colombia, peace processes in Colombia, Russian military intervention in Syria, and security and development in Sudan, amongst other subject areas.

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