Oxford Research Group’s Global Security Consultant Professor Paul Rogers has received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Leeds Beckett University.
Paul has worked in the field of international security, arms control and political violence for more than 30 years. He lectures at universities and defence colleges around the world and has written and edited at least 27 books. His new book Irregular War: ISIS and the New Threats from the Margins was published on 14 July.
Paul said: “Getting an award from this university is an honour particularly as it has such a good reputation for peace studies. I think it is going to be an incredibly important area to work in; over the next 20-30 years we as a world community need to make a transition to creating a more stable and sustainable planet. Anyone who is contributing to that will be doing an incredibly important job.”
He began his career as a biologist, working in East Africa in the late 1960s and with the Haslemere Group, an early pressure group on trade and development issues. He embarked on an academic career in the early 1970s, bringing together ecology, politics and development issues. He taught first at Huddersfield and, since 1979, in the University of Bradford’s Peace Studies Department.
Leeds Beckett University Chancellor, Sir Bob Murray CBE, said: “Paul’s work on trends in international conflict, with a particular focus on the interactions of socio-economic divisions and environmental constraints, is of great importance and he is highly respected as both a consultant and academic.
“We are delighted to recognise Paul’s great contribution to the professions with this Honorary Doctorate and we look forward to welcoming him our Honorary Graduate alumni network.”