Staff profile

Dr Francis Jegede

Associate Professor – International Relations & Diplomacy Chair of the College Research Committee, College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Political Sciences


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am an Associate Professor in International Relations and Diplomacy and Chair of the College Research Committee (CRC) of the College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences. As Chair of CRC and a member of the University Research Committee (URC), I work with Heads of Departments, Discipline Heads, Research Centre Leads, Directors of Studies, Supervisors, PGR students and colleagues across disciplines and departments in the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences and the University in supporting and enhancing the research experience of our Post Graduate Research Students. As an experienced ex-programme/subject leader my work relates to enhancing students’ learning and research experience. 

I helped set up the students’ exchange programme between University of Derby and The Hague University of Applied Sciences in The Hague, Netherlands and I am currently the coordinator of the year-long exchange for all our International Relations and Diplomacy students studying part of their degrees in The Hague.

As an International Relations and Diplomacy lecturer, I also teach several  modules in tInternational Relations and Diplomacy.

My current research interests include diplomacy, conflict resolution, negotiations, terrorism and political economy of violence.

Over the course of my career, I have developed academic links with a number of national and international organisations including the United Nations Office in Geneva, the European Union and International Aid Agencies.

Teaching responsibilities

I currently teach a number of core modules in International Relations and Diplomacy. These include Introduction to International Relations and Global Development, International Institutions and Diplomacy, Independent Study in International Relations and Diplomacy, Internship/Vocational module and Global Watch: International Events and the Media

Professional interests

My teaching/research interests include International Studies, Global Development and Population Studies. I am also interested in Statistical/ and Quantitative Techniques as tools to help our analysis of the real world.. I have carried out teaching/research engagements in a number of academic institutions in the UK and abroad. I originally qualified in geography up to PhD level and was a lecturer specialising in human geography in both Nigeria and the UK, specializing in development studies.

I was always interested in societal and community issues and with my background in developing countries, I helped develop a course called Third World Development for the University of Derby. This course examined issues about poverty: why some countries are rich and why some are poor and how this gap could be narrowed.  After several successful years of running this course, I began to realise that in today’s world, poverty is always related to politics, so my research branched into international relations and politics.

I completed another master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Nottingham and that eventually led to me creating the current International Relations and Diplomacy degree programme for which I currently serve as Programme Leader.

In 2001/2 I undertook a major piece of research work for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Opportunities Industrialisation Centres International (OICI).  They wanted research to be conducted on- the-ground in Nigeria, so they could understand what the country needed in terms of workforce development and aid. The project was a success and since then, I’ve done further consultancy work for other organisations including the European Regional Development funded project of Derby City Partnership.

Research interests

My current research interests include terrorism and global security. I am particularly interested in the political economy of violence with regards to the rise of state and non-state armed groups.


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

My knowledge of international institutions and my educational training in different social science subjects together with contacts I have developed over the years with international organisations have given me the opportunity to approach international relations and politics from an inter-disciplinary perspective.

International experience

Additional interests and activities

In my spare time, I teach dance as a hobby as a way of promoting community relations and social well being through physical exercise. People from all walks of life come together to dance, learn about Afro-Latin cultures and enjoy themselves at these events held once a month in Derbyshire.

In the media

Media article on Greece’s Economic Crisis – ‘Continue to reach across the globe and ther will be rewards for all’ Derby Evening Telegraph (Business Weekly), 17thApril 2013, pp 12.


Dance4 Google Conversation No. 6 on Immigration  - how dance and arts are used to explore pressing social issues.

Recent publications


Chapters in Books

Refereed Conference Papers

Research Reports

Other Publications

Book Review

people protesting, someone is holding a sign that reads 'we are better than this'.

Dr Francis Jegede, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Derby, discusses the importance of empowerment of women.