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Alison Brettle

King’s College London


Violent and Peaceful Behaviour

Alison Brettle is a Lecturer at King’s College London, holding a Joint Appointment with the Defence Studies Department and the Department of War Studies. She is an Academic Tutor at the Royal College of Defence Studies and is also a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) . Her research examines war- to-peace transitions in fragile and conflict affected areas with a specific focus on violent state and non-state armed groups. She is particularly interested in the role leadership and relationships play in helping individuals and groups move away from conflict towards peace. 

Alison holds a PhD in War Studies from KCL, an MA in Applied Conflict Resolution from Bradford University’s Peace Studies Department, an MA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Staffordshire, and a BA Hons in History from the University of Durham. She was previously a visiting researcher at the Centre for Experimental Social Science at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. 

Alison Brettle is the Research Lead on Armed Actors for XCEPT.

Alison Brettle’s XCEPT research


29th March 2023
In this blog Dr Alison Brettle talks about her research into a group of ‘forgotten refugees’ – ex-military officers, who deserted the Syrian Army – an...


15th February 2023
Do trauma interventions work? What are the most effective interventions in conflict zones? In this episode of the Breaking Cycles of Conflict podcast,...


8th December 2022
The distinction between ‘civilian’ and ‘combatant’ isn’t always clear cut in a conflict zone – failing to recognise this could undermine efforts to bu...


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