Department of Political Science


Dr Melanie Garson

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Associate Professor (Teaching) in International Conflict Resolution & International Security
Email: m.garson@ucl.ac.uk



I have been teaching International Conflict Resolution & International Security in the Department of Political Science at UCL since 2011. 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 and 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 (New York).

I received my PhD from UCL, and hold a Master’s 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 (Girton College, Cambridge), a Postgraduate 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.

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Podcast: UCL Uncovering Politics

Hear Dr Garson speak about her research on the following podcast episodes:
S7 Ep6 | Global Tech Companies and the War in Ukraine
S9 Ep3 | Military Technology and Intelligent Warfare


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I currently teach ‘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’.