Dr Julia Welland - Conference Chair

Julia is an associate professor of war studies and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick. Her current research uses feminist insights to explore the emotional landscape of war and militarism. She has been a BISA trustee since January 2017 and previously co-convened the Gendering International Relations Working Group. She is also an associate editor of Critical Military Studies.

Juliet Dryden - BISA Director

Juliet has worked in the field of international relations for the last 25 years specialising in programme management, international development/humanitarian affairs and donor relations.

Juliet has previously worked at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the London School of Economics (LSE Ideas) and for 15 years with the United Nations in Cairo, Gaza and Jerusalem (UNRWA, UNOCHA, UNOHCHR). Her most recent position prior to joining BISA was at the West Asia - North Africa (WANA) Institute in Amman where she was the Director of Programmes. Juliet holds an MA in International Relations from the University of East Anglia.

Outside of BISA, Juliet loves reading political biographies, outdoor swimming, spending time with her family and living a quiet life after years of living dangerously!

Amal Abu-Bakare - Conference Assistant

Amal Abu-Bakare is a Canadian scholar based in Aberystwyth, Wales, who researches the connectivities between racialisation and counterterrorism in the context of International Relations Theory. She identifies as a Black Muslim Feminist scholar who is interested in postcolonial analyses of contemporary security affairs ongoing in the Global North, particularly in the area of transnational counterterrorism/counter-extremism practices and the politics of migration-security in the European Union. She has written for E-International Relations and Media Diversified, and has recently been published in International Politics Reviews. Amal also frequently writes and comments on international politics on Twitter @nawalabu_72.

Chrissie Elliot-Duxson - Communications Manager

Chrissie has worked in marketing communications for 10 years with experience of both the public and private sectors. Her most recent positions prior to joining BISA were at the University of Warwick and spanned marketing, communications, recruitment, student experience and project management.

Chrissie has also run her own business and was formerly the Chair of her local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses as well as Chair of Coventry and Warwickshire First Young Professionals.

Outside of BISA Chrissie is a singer/songwriter, reviews gigs for Birmingham Live and enjoys travelling.

Dee Pettifer - BISA Administrator

Dee has been seconded to BISA as Administrator since January 2018. Based at the University of Birmingham, she has worked within the School of Government for four years. Prior to that, for the best part of twenty years, she worked as an Arts Administrator providing administrative and financial management support to a number of small arts organisations based in Birmingham.

Outside of BISA Dee enjoys theatre - both as a performer and part of the audience - dressmaking and reading.

If you'd like to contact the conference team please email conferences@bisa.ac.uk.