Benjamin (Ben) Francis

Peace Studies & Political Science

Ben Francis (peace studies and political science) is originally from the United Kingdom and has a decade’s worth of experience working in the development and peacebuilding fields through a number of international NGOs. Ben has lived and worked in conflict-affected areas as diverse as Palestine, Libya, Nepal, and Afghanistan, and these experiences have helped to shape how he understands the drivers and mechanics of conflict in different contexts.

He has a particular interest in exploring the changes that take place in the aftermath of violent conflict and how state institutions can shape, or be shaped by, those changes. 

He holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Westminster and an M.A. in Global Development and Political Economy from the University of Leeds.

Ben is a University Presidential Fellow.