Department of Political Science


Dr Melanie Garson

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Associate Professor (Teaching) in International Conflict Resolution & International Security
Room: 3.01, 31 Tavistock Sq.
Email: m.garson@ucl.ac.uk



I have been teaching International Conflict Resolution & International Security in the Department of Political Science at University College London since 2011. I currently teach From Cyberwarfare to Robots: The Future of Conflict in the Digital Age (PUBL0087) and International Negotiation (PUBL0088). I am also the Cyber Policy Lead in the Internet Policy Unit at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change working on cybersecurity policy, tech and internet geopolitics, tech diplomacy and tech & foreign policy. 

I am an accredited mediator and prior to joining UCL worked as a solicitor in the International Disputes department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, covering Public International Law, International Arbitration, and International Corporate Investigations, as well as teaching mediation and negotiation techniques.

I have also worked as Director of Development and New Programmes for the Centre for Jewish Arab Economic Development (Israel), Director of Communications for Peaceworks LLC (New York), as well as for the People-to-People department of the Economic Cooperation Foundation (Israel), and the Education Programmes Department for the United Nations Association of the USA (NYC).

I received my PhD from University College London, and hold a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Medford, MA), specialising in conflict resolution and negotiation. I have a BA (Hons.) in Oriental Studies from Girton College, Cambridge., a Post Graduate Diploma in Law and I am a qualified solicitor under the Law Society of England and Wales.


My research currently focuses on the impact of new and emerging technologies on international relations and international security, particularly cyber security and cyber resilience, as well as the geopolitics of the internet, tech diplomacy, artificial intelligence, and information disorder.  Recent publications have examined the role of tech companies as geopolitical actors, as well as how leaders can build a tech forward foreign policy, and the cyber dimensions of the Ukraine conflict.

I have a longstanding interest and experience in the role of inter-group reconciliation and the reversal of hatred narratives in conflict resolution and negotiation, particularly in the Middle East.

I also enjoy combining my love of tech and conflict resolution and I am currently researching innovative methods to teach negotiation, particularly the impact of negotiating in VR/AR on negotiating behaviour






In 2022-2023 I will be teaching International Negotiation (PUBL0088) and From Cyberwarfare to Robots: The Future of Conflict in the Digital Age (PUBL0087).

Previously I have taught: International Conflict Resolution & Post-War Development, Governing Divided Societies, International Peace and Security, Conflict & Cooperation, Theories of International Relations, and International Security.