Simon Massey

Main Duties:
  • Programme Manager – ISS postgraduate programme


  • Ph.D., Coventry University
  • M.A., Coventry University
  • B.A (Hons), University of Ulster at Coleraine


Research Interests:
  • International Security, especially peacekeeping and the evolution of the concept of African self-policing and Western peacekeeping capacity enhancement initiatives in Africa
  • African Politics, especially the democratisation process in Africa with particular reference to current developments in Chad, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar and Comoros
  • African Studies
  • International Relations
  • Terrorism
  • Border and territorial disputes in Africa
  • The political/electoral process in Francophone and Lusophone Africa
  • Extractive industries in Africa
  • Human trafficking between Africa and Europe
  • British settlement migration
  • Indigenous dispute management practice in Africa


Selected Outputs:
  • Massey, S. (2012) 'Ties that bind and ties that don’t: France’s role in bringing together and pulling apart the people of the Comoros archipelago'. In France in Africa. Chester: Chester University Press
  • Massey, S., and May, R. (2011) Chad: Social, Political and Economic Situation. WRITENET for UNHCR/CDR
  • Massey, S., and Baker, B. (2011) The constitutional crisis in Madagascar. Chatham House Briefing Paper
  • Massey, S. (2010) Dead End. drama-documentary produced as part of EC-UNDP-funded project Migration Aware
  • Massey, S., and May, R. (2009) 'Oil and war in Chad'. In The New Scramble for Africa. Ed. by Southall, R., and Melber, H. Durban: UKZN Press
  • Massey, S. (2006) 'Guinea-Bissau'. In Ending Africa's Wars. Aldershot: Ashgate Press
  • Massey, S., and May, R. (2006) 'The Crisis in Chad'. African Affairs 105 (420)
  • May, R., and Massey, S. (2005) 'Dallas to Doba: Oil and Chad, external controls and internal politics'. Journal of Contemporary African Studies 23 (2)
  • May, R., and Massey, S. (2002) 'The Chadian party system: Rhetoric and reality'. Democratization 9 (3)
  • Massey, S. (2001) 'Intervention in Guinea-Bissau'. In African Interventionist States. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • May, R., and Massey, S. (2000) 'Two steps forward, one step back: Chad's protracted 'transition to democracy''. Journal of Contemporary African Studies 18 (1), 107-132
  • May, R., and Massey, S. (1998) 'The OAU interventions in Chad: Mission impossible or mission evaded?'. International Peacekeeping 5 (1), 46-65


Selected Funding:
  • 2009-2011, Irregular Migration: Filling the Information Gap, EC-UNDP, £196,000
  • 2008-2009, Criminal networking in the human trade between North Africa and Italy, British Academy, £7,280
  • 2007-2008, Collaboration with the University of The Gambia, Coventry University Applied Research Fellowship, £4,950


Research Students:

 PhD:     1 completion     5 current students
MSc/MA by research:     1 completion


  • BA International Relations - Introduction to International Relations
  • MA Terrorism International Crime and Global Security - International Terrorism
  • MA Terrorism International Crime and Global Security - Governance for Security in a Developing World
  • MA Diplomacy, Law and Global Change - Diplomacy in the International System
  • MA Diplomacy, Law and Global Change - Foreign and Security Policy Formulation in Africa
  • BA Politics - Comparative Governance
  • BA Politics - International Organised Crime
  • BA Politics - World Politics since 1945


Other Responsibilities:
  • Programme Manager for ISSS Post-graduate Programme
  • Course tutor (MA Diplomacy, Law and Global Change; MA African Governance and International Relations)
  • ISS Strategic Development Support for Business Development, Applied Research and Curriculum Development/Course Design
  • ISS Internationalisation Champion

Senior Lecturer in International Relation

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Building: George Eliot

Room: GE110


Coventry University No.1 Modern University No.1 Modern University in the Midlands
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021