Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

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Professor Graeme Davies

Professor in International Security

I am interested in issues relating to international conflict and public opinion. I joined Leeds in 2009 having taught at Aberystwyth University. I hold an MA and PhD in International Relations from the University of Essex.

Before coming to Leeds, I was a lecturer in International Politics at Aberystwyth University.

Research Interests

Recent research has examined British, American, Japanese and Chinese public attitudes about international relations and the use of force.  I have also published research on US coercive diplomacy, North Korean and Iranian foreign policy and the interrelationship between domestic politics and  state behaviour in the international system.

I primarily use quantitative approaches for my research although I have done qualitative case study work as well.  Currently using experimental methods to investigate public support for military action.

I am part of the Intervention and International Society Research cluster, specifically investigating under what conditions the public will support humanitarian interventions.


Module Convenor Security Studies

Module Convenor Crisis Diplomacy

PhD Supervision

I am keen to supervise students in the following fields.

  • Public attitudes about international relations
  • Coercive Diplomacy
  • International Conflict
  • Terrorism
  • Foreign Policy Analysis

Key Publications

Journal articles

  • Davies GAM, Johns R, ‘The domestic consequences of international over-cooperation: An experimental study of microfoundations’, Conflict Management and Peace Science, 33.4 (2016), 343-360
    DOI: 10.1177/0738894215577556, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/86189/

  • Davies GAM, ‘Policy selection in the face of political instability: do states divert, repress or make concessions?’, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 60.1 (2016), 118-142
    DOI: 10.1177/0022002714541842, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/86188/

  • Johns R, Davies GAM, ‘Coalitions of the willing? International backing and British public support for military action’, Journal of Peace Research, 51.6 (2014), 767-781
    DOI: 10.1177/0022343314544779, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/86187/

  • Davies GAM, ‘British Public Confidence in MI6 and Government Use of Intelligence: The Effect on Support for Preventive Military Action’, Intelligence and National Security, ed. by Johns R, Vol. 27.5 (2012), pp.669-688
    DOI: 10.1080/02684527.2012.708520

  • Davies GAM, ‘Coercive Diplomacy Meets Diversionary Incentives: The Impact of US and Iranian Domestic Politics during the Bush and Obama Presidencies’, Foreign Policy Analysis
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-8594.2011.00164.x

  • Davies GAM, Johns RA, ‘Audience Costs among the British Public: The Impact of Escalation, Crisis Type and Prime Ministerial Rhetoric’, International Studies Quarterly: journal of the International Studies Association

  • Davies GAM, Johns RA, ‘Democratic peace or clash of civilizations? Target states and support for war in Britain and the USA’, The Journal of Politics, ed. by Mishler B and Leighley J

Media Contact Areas

  • British Foreign Policy
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Public Attitudes towards international conflict
  • Regional Disputes in North East Asia
  • Iran’s nuclear programme

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