Dr Gemma Collantes-Celador
Lecturer in International Security; Course Director, International Politics MA
T: +44 (0)20 7040 3635
Dr Collantes-Celador (MA Edinburgh, MSc LSE, PhD Aberystwyth) joined the Department in September 2008. She was previously a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI), Spain, where she also lectured on conflict and peace studies.
Since joining City University London she has also taught as Visiting Lecturer at IBEI (2008-2009) and at the 4th EADI International Summer School on "Recent Perspectives on Development Cooperation, Peace and Conflict", hosted by HEGOA Institute/University of the Basque Country, September 2008.
Research interestsDr Collantes-Celador's main research interests lie in the field of post-conflict peacebuilding, with special reference to the security dimensions of statebuilding processes, institutional approaches to security sector reform (particularly in the field of police reform/assistance), human security and the Western Balkans. Her research has appeared in the academic journals International Peacekeeping; Crime, Law and Social Change; Conflict, Security and Development, and the Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. She has also participated in various edited volumes and projects with the Swedish National Defence College, Chr. Michelsen Institute, CIDOB Foundation, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the Observatory of European Foreign Policy (Barcelona), EuroMeSCo and the LSE Human Security Study Group.
She is currently writing a book monograph on the relationship between police reform and statebuilding processes in post-conflict scenarios.
Dr Collantes-Celador is one of the convenors of the BISA South East Europe Working Group. She is also a member of the Editorial Board for the Working Paper series of the International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP).
Journal articles2012: Collantes-Celador, G. & Juncos, A.E. "The EU and Border Management in the Western Balkans: Preparing for European Integration or Safeguarding EU External Borders?", Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 12:2, 201-220.
2011: Ioannides, I. & Collantes-Celador, G. "The Internal-External Security Nexus and EU Police/Rule of Law Missions in the Western Balkans", Conflict, Security & Development, 11:4, 415-445.
2009: Collantes-Celador, G. "Becoming 'European' through Police Reform: a Successful Strategy in Bosnia and Herzegovina?", Crime, Law and Social Change, 51:2, 231-242.
2005: Collantes-Celador, G. "Police Reform: Peacebuilding through 'Democratic Policing'?", International Peacekeeping, 12:3, 364-376. This article has been reprinted as a chapter in David Chandler (ed.) (2006), Peace without Politics? Ten Years of International State-Building in Bosnia, London: Routledge, 58-70.
Book chapters(Forthcoming in 2012): Collantes-Celador, G. "Civil Society and the Bosnian Police Certification Process: Challenging 'the Guardians'", in Bojicic-Dzelilovic, V. & Ker-Lindsay, J. & Kostovicova, D. (eds), Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
2012: Collantes-Celador, G. "Not There Yet - Spain's Security Strategy from a Human Security Perspective", in Kaldor, M. & Martin, M. & N. Serra (eds), National, European and Human Security: From Co-existence to Converge, London: Routledge, 89-109.
2011: Berdal, M. & Collantes-Celador, G. & Zupcevic Buzadzic, M., "Post-war Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina", in Suhrke, A. & Berdal, M. (eds), The Peace in Between: Post-War Violence and Peacebuilding, London: Routledge, 75-94.
2011: Collantes-Celador, G. & Juncos, A.E., "Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans: The Challenge of Coherence and Effectiveness", in Ekengren, M. & Simons, G. (eds), The Politics of Security Sector Reform: Challenges and Opportunities for the European Union's Global Role, London: Ashgate, 127-154.
2008: Collantes-Celador, G. "The EU and its Policy towards Security Sector Reform: a New Example of the 'Conceptual-Contextual' Divide?", in Soler i Lecha, E. & Carbonell Agustin, L., (eds), 6th International Seminar on Security and Defence in the Mediterranean, Barcelona: Edicions Bellaterra, 153-163.
2008: Collantes-Celador, G. "The EU and the Kosovo Challenge", in Med. 2008 - Mediterranean Yearbook, Barcelona: CIDOB Foundation, 163-167.
2008: Collantes-Celador, G. "Police Co-operation in the Field of Counter-Terrorism: The Continuity of a Bottom-Up Approach" in Barbé, E. (ed.), Spain in Europe 2004-2008, Monograph of the Observatory of European Foreign Policy, no. 4, Bellaterra (Barcelona): University Institute of European Studies, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 69-74.
Reports2008: Collantes-Celador, G. & Soler, E. & Reigeluth, S. & Aytar, V. & Arican, M., Fostering an EU Strategy for Security Sector Reform in the Mediterranean: Learning from Turkish and Palestinian Police Reform Experiences, EuroMeSCo Paper no. 66, Lisbon, 1-31.
2007: Collantes-Celador, G. & Juncos, A.E. "The Reform of Border Management in the Western Balkans: Safeguarding EU External Borders or Preparing for European Integration?", in Ekengren, M. & Stålvant, C. (eds), Nordic and Baltic States and Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans, Ukraine and Afghanistan, Report prepared for the Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Defence Council, 173-205.
2007: Collantes-Celador, G. & Juncos, A.E. "Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans: the Challenge of Coordination and Long-Term Strategy" in Ekengren, M. & Stålvant, C. (eds), Nordic and Baltic States and Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans, Ukraine and Afghanistan, Report prepared for the Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Defence Council, 143-172.
Working papers2007: The European Union Police Mission: The Beginning of a New Future for Bosnia and Herzegovina?, Working Paper no. 9, Barcelona: Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals.
Book reviews2007: Millennium, 36:1, 165-167. Garland H. Williams, "Engineering Peace: the Military Role in Postconflict Reconstruction", Washington DC: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2005.
Publications in Spanish
2012: Collantes-Celador, G. "La UE en la Negociación, Revisión e Implementación del Estatuto de Roma - Sus Limites como 'Actor Mundial Eficiente y Dinámico'" (The EU in the Negotiation, Revision and Implementation of the Rome Statute - Its Limits as an 'Effective and Dynamic Global Player'), in Esther Barbé (ed.), Cambio Mundial y Gobernanza Global: La Interacción entre la Unión Europea y las Instituciones Internacionales (World Change and Global Governance: The EU's Interaction with International Institutions), Madrid: Tecnos, Chapter 7.
2006/2007: Collantes-Celador, G. "La Contribución del Concepto de Seguridad Humana a los Balcanes Occidentales" (The Contribution of the Concept of Human Security to the Western Balkans), Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals, 76: 97-121.
- IP2016 - Global conflict and security
- IP3001 - International Politics project
- IP3014 - Euro-Mediterranean Politics and Security
- IPM004 - Understanding security in the 21st Century
- IPM017 - Governing Global Politics
Dr Collantes-Celador welcomes applications from prospective PhD students in the following areas:
- International and European security
- Post-conflict peace interventions
- Security sector reform
- Western Balkans
Current doctoral supervision
- Mr Neil Wilson - migration and asylum policies
- Mr Dimitrios Mavridis - EU-Turkish relations
- Mr Hisham Sabbagh - US mediation during Syrian-Israeli Peace Negotiations, 1991-2000
- Mr Niloy Biswas - civil society and security sector reform in Bangladesh
Dr Collantes-Celador coordinates the MA International Politics degree programme.