Past Administrators/CEOs

Miss Gail Birkett 2006 - 2018

Mrs Pauline Kelly 1975 - 2006


Michelle Bentley

Nominee statement

I am Senior Lecturer in International Relations and a long-standing BISA member. I am on the Advisory Committee for the US Foreign Policy working group, as well as an active member of several other working groups.
The REF/TEF era means intense pressure on IR scholars. BISA should be a support network that helps our members deal with this, by offering innovative research, leadership, and professional opportunities. I want to be a trustee to make these opportunities happen and explore new ways to ensure IR academics are secure in the current research environment and to build up our important academic community. .
Proposed by Dr Charlotte Heath-Kelly University of Warwick
Seconded by Dr Adam Quinn University of Birmingham

Nick Robinson

Nominee statement

With over 20 years experience in UK HE (post-92 sector and Leeds University), an unshaking commitment to inter-disciplinarity, and a strong belief in teaching-led research (I have been Chair of the BISA Learning and Teaching committee since 2015), I hope to continue to bring my energy, experience and enthusiasm to BISA. I am a regular participant at the annual and specialist group conferences and within BISA's learning and teaching portfolio. My relevant experience includes: active BISA exec member, impact case study author and extensive media work; above all, I am a firm believer in the enormous value of collegiality. .
Proposed by Lee Jarvis University of East Anglia
Seconded by Chris Baker-Beall Nottingham Trent University

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We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website. 
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February 2015

Influencing Change

The Association aims to raise the profile of international studies with the public and government.
We seek to:
  • engage with consultations and influence policy with international studies evidence
  • work with partners to ensure our voice is heard and collectively respresent our wider discplinary area
  • speak with authority on the state of the discipline of international studies
  • promote the benefits of investment in international studies and politics education and research
British International Studies Association


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