Department of Political Science


Dr Melanie Garson

Melanie Garson
Senior Teaching Fellow in International Conflict Resolution & International Security
Room: 3.01, 31 Tavistock Sq.



Melanie has been teaching international conflict resolution and international security at UCL for the last seven years.  She is 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. She has 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).
Melanie received her PhD from UCL and holds a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Medford, MA), specialising in conflict resolution and negotiation. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Oriental Studies from Girton College, Cambridge.  She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Law and is a solicitor under the Law Society of England and Wales.

Melanie continues to work as an independent mediator, dialogue consultant and negotiation trainer.  She is a member of the Conflict and Change group as well as the UCL Centre on US Politics (CUSP) and regularly provides political analysis in the media including for the BBC, CNBC, CNN, and Sky News.


Melanie’s research focuses on the resolution of international crises and conflicts, especially the social-psychological dimensions of conflict and their role in effective negotiation and mediation of international agreements. She is particularly interested in the impact of emerging technologies such as cyber weapons, AI driven technologies and nanotechnology on the future of international conflict and diplomacy She is particularly interested in.     role of reconciliation in stabilising peace agreements and the reversal of conflict psychologies in protracted identity conflicts
Having spent many years working and researching  the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israeli-Arab conflicts, Bosnia and Northern Ireland, she has a specialises in protracted conflicts, reconciliation and the reversal of hatred thinking to promote social trust and cohesion in societies divided by political, social and violent conflict.  As a practicing mediator Melanie has a special interest in innovative methods of simulation-based teaching of problem-solving methods, practical negotiation skills and communication, much of which she shares in her blog The Melanie Dialogues.

  • Garson, M., 2020. Defying gravity: Evaluating the trickle-up effects of reconciliation programmes. Ethnopolitics, 19(2), pp.188-208.
  • “Is it Time for Israel to Give Up Its Chemical Weapons?”  The Conversation, 21 May, 2019.
  • www.melaniedialogueconsulting.com
  • In 2020/2021 Melanie will be teaching PUBL0088 International Negotiation, PUBL0087 From Cyberwarfare to Robots: The Future of Conflict in the Digital Age, PUBL0082: International Conflict Resolution and Post-War Development PUBL0065: Governing Divided Societies.
  • As well as Conflict and Cooperation. She has also taught International Security, Theories of International Relations, and International Peace and Security.