Editorial team

Kristin Smette Gulbrandsen

Co-Editor in Chief

Kristin is a doctoral student at the Department of Human Geography, Lund University, Sweden. She has a BA in International Relations from the University of Leeds and an MA in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University. She has previously conducted research on digitalisation and social exclusion in the European High North as a research assistant at Swansea University. Her current research interests are in critical discourse analysis, regionalism, and processes of regional institutionalisation and peripheralisation.


  • Overseeing the Collective’s project development
  • Editing incoming submissions

Francesca Freeman

Associate Editor

Francesca has an MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a BA in Anthropology, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies from the University of Chicago. Her Master’s thesis on rescuing during the Rwandan genocide was awarded the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Humanities Thesis Prize. Francesca currently works in development at a social science research lab at MIT and is the founder of DAWNetwork, a mentorship program for Syrian high school aged girls. She previously worked at Mercy Corps, Americans for a Free Syria, and the Social Science Research Council.


  • Project Manager: Narratives
  • Outreach and communications with contributors
  • Peer reviewer

Emma Bapt

Co-Editor in Chief

Emma is a recent MA graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna and Washington, D.C., where she concentrated in conflict management, international economics and Arabic. She previously worked as a research assistant at the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, where she focused on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Emma has worked in think tanks in London, Washington and Paris, and has a BA in War Studies & History from King’s College London. Her interests are in conflict management, specifically the role of women in peace negotiations and processes.


  • Overseeing the Collective’s project development
  • Editing incoming submissions

Charlotte Abbott

Associate Editor

Charlotte has a BA in International Relations from the University of Leeds. She has since worked as a researcher on various projects including investigating the role of former terrorists in de-radicalisation processes, academic partnerships with NGOs, nuclear weapons politics in the Pacific, working with staff to advance the quality of teaching and learning and non-state armed groups in Somalia.


  • Project Manager: Interview Series
  • Outreach and communications with interviewees
  • Website development and editing

Ananya Mozumdar

Social Media Manager

Ananya has a BA in International Relations from the University of Leeds and is working towards an MA in History from University College London. She previously worked as the social media manager for the University of Leeds chapter of WaterAid and hopes to bring her experience to her new role at the Responsibility Collective. Her interests are in conflict management, feminist studies, and post-colonial relations.


  • Overseeing the Collective’s social media platforms
  • Outreach and communications

Peer reviewers

Our team of peer reviewers are an integral part of the Collective, responsible for editing and quality-checking all submissions to the Special Issues.

Liam Bagshaw

Liam is a PhD research student and sessional lecturer at the University of Reading. He is working on a project examining the relationships between international law, global capitalism, and the creation/reduction of disaster risk. Prior to this, he completed Master’s degrees in international relations and international law, achieving a Distinction in both. Liam wrote both his master’s dissertations on R2P but is also interested in human rights, disasters, and other humanitarian concerns.

Emily Faux

After completing her BA in International Relations at the top of her cohort, Emily is pursuing an MA in Political Communication on a scholarship from the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on metaphor, rhetoric and political discourse, usually within security studies or popular culture. She is a research assistant for the government-funded ‘Communicating the Pandemic’ research project and has worked as a discourse analyst for Joe Biden’s foreign policy. Emily is a mentee at the International Affairs Institute (IAI) and the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP). @EmilyFaux3

Alexander Gilder

Alexander is a Lecturer in Law at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests lie in international conflict and security law. Alex’s work looks at themes related to UN stabilization mandates, the operationalisation of human security, and the role of the individual in international law. He holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Lincoln, an LLM in Public International Law from Utrecht University, and is finishing his PhD at City, University of London. Alex was previously an Executive Editor for the Utrecht Journal of International and European Law (Ubiquity) and the Editorial Assistant for the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law (Routledge). @DrAlexGilder

Samuel Jarvis

Samuel is a PhD research student at the University of Sheffield. He is currently completing an ESRC funded PhD entitled “Moral Progress and its Political Limits: ‘Common Humanity’ as a Driver of State Behaviour”. Prior to joining the University of Sheffield, Samuel completed both a Masters (Distinction) and BA (First Class) in IR at the University of Leeds. His dissertation “Understanding Normative Contestation: The Added Value of International Legitimacy in the Case of R2P” was awarded best Masters dissertation in POLIS (2014). He is also a member of the White Rose ESRC DTC PhD network Responsibility to Protect and Prosecute: Its Problems and Alternatives. @Sam_Jarvis_

Blake Lawrinson

Blake is a PhD Candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds. His thesis assesses the changes and continuities in the UK’s commitment to human protection from mass violence and atrocity crimes between 1997 and 2020, funded by a Leeds Doctoral Scholarship (2017-2020). Other research interests include mass atrocity prevention, preventing sexual violence in conflict, foreign policy analysis, UK foreign policy on human protection, humanitarian intervention, human rights and trade, world order, and the UN Security Council in relation to human protection.

Thu Anh Nguyen

Thu is a PhD candidate at the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University, Australia. Her research interests center around norms, operationalisation in international relations, international refugee laws, R2P, and human protection in Southeast Asia. She obtained her BA in International Studies from Hue University of Foreign Languages, Vietnam, and an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from Chualongkorn University, Bangkok. She has six years of experience teaching at the Department of International Studies at Hue University of Foreign Languages.

Henry Staples

Henry is a Research Associate at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield. His research interests lie at the intersection of critical geography and conflict and peace studies. His PhD dissertation, ‘From guerrilla insurgency to movement-party: A territorial analysis of armed group transition in Colombia’, explored the trajectories of members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerilla group in the wake of Colombia’s 2016 peace agreement. He holds an MsC in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a BA (Hons) in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge. @DrHenryStaples.

Rachael Steer

Rachael is a graduate student in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focuses on threat perception and intercultural communication. Prior to her time in London, she attended the University of Akron, Ohio, graduating in Spring 2019 with a degree in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics. During her undergraduate studies, she completed internships in both Washington, D.C. and Rome for the U.S. Department of State, as well as academic programs in Los Angeles, Beijing, and Tokyo. She also worked in refugee integration services in the Greater Akron area.

Evan Supple

Evan is a Master’s candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at Athabasca University, Canada, with a focus on political philosophy and post-Marxist theory. His present research straddles a series of exigencies ranging from environmental stewardship to post-capitalist political emancipation, informed by the philosophies of Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek. A ballet dancer by career, Evan holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Marymount Manhattan College in New York. As a trained sexual assault advocate and HIV/AIDS activist, Evan continues to find new ways to meaningfully integrate theory and practice in everyday life.

Sabrina White

Sabrina is an ESRC funded-scholar working on her MA in Interdisciplinary Social Research at the University of Leeds in preparation for her PhD in Politics and International Relations. She holds an MA in International Relations from Webster University and a BM in Music Performance from Valdosta State University. Sabrina has eight years of lecturing experience in International Relations and Gender Studies. Her current research focuses on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, sexual exploitation in peacekeeping operations, and post-structuralism in international political discourse at the United Nations. @sabrina_white1