Dr Melanie Garson
Room: 3.01, 31 Tavistock Sq.
Melanie has been teaching in the Department of Political Science at UCL since 2011. She is also the Internet Policy Lead for Europe, Israel, and the Middle East in the Technology and Public Policy Department of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change where she focuses on cybersecurity policy as well as the intersection of technology and foreign policy. Her work at TBI also covers the geopolitics of the internet, AI regulation and ethics, online harms & platform regulation.
Melanie 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 work focuses on the impacts, governance and regulation of new and emerging technologies, such as cyber operations, AI driven technologies, information warfare and nanotechnology on international security and diplomacy. She also explores the role of negotiation in resolving complex tech disputes, and the use of new technologies in negotiation practice and pedagogy.
Having spent many years working and researching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israeli-Arab conflicts, Bosnia and Northern Ireland, she has expertise in examining 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.
- 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.
- In 2021/2022 Melanie will be teaching PUBL0088 International Negotiation, PUBL0087 From Cyberwarfare to Robots: The Future of Conflict in the Digital Age.
- She has also taught PUBL0082: International Conflict Resolution and Post-War Development PUBL0065: Governing Divided Societies, International Security, Theories of International Relations, and International Peace and Security.