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Professor Kivimäki joined the University of Bath in January 2015. Previously he has held professorships at the University of Helsinki, University of Lapland, and at the University of Copenhagen. Professor Kivimäki has also been director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (Copenhagen) and the Institute of Development Studies of the University of Helsinki.


In addition to purely academic work Professor Kivimäki has been a frequent consultant to the Finnish, Danish, Dutch, Russian, Malaysian, Indonesian and Swedish governments, as well as to several UN and EU organizations on conflict and terrorism.


In his forthcoming book Failure to Protect. The Fatal Consequences of Military Humanitarian Intervention in Conflict (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing) Professor Kivimäki reveals some new patterns in contemporary warfare, and makes sense of them by looking at political discourses and cases of humanitarian intervention. Kivimäki's previous book Paradigms of Peace (London: Imperial College Press, 2016) assesses the contribution of various social scientific paradigms to peace research and peace and sets an agenda for constructivist pragmatist peace research. The Long Peace of East Asia by Kivimäki (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014) offers a constructivist understanding of the relative peace of East Asia since 1979. Kivimäki's book, Can Peace Research Make Peace. Lessons in Academic Diplomacy (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012), was nominated for the prestigious Best Book Prize by the Conflict Research Society in year 2014. Kivimäki's recent articles on peace and conflict topics were published in the Chinese Journal of International Relations, Pacific Focus, the Pacific Review, International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of International Relations and Development, Asian Security and the Middle East Policy.

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Terror, Authoritarian Violence and Cosmopolitan Protection

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Projects 2015 2019

Accelerating International Research Collaboration Scheme - Conflict and Security

Galbreath, D., Aslam, M., Jawad, R., Kivimaki, T., Thomas, S. & Wehner, L.


Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

Research Output 2012 2018

How does nationalist selfishness creep into cosmopolitan protection?

Kivimäki, T., 29 Mar 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Global Responsibility to Protect.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

crime prevention
discourse analysis


Kivimäki, T., 5 Jan 2018, All China Review.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
Middle East

Will the Chinese Rise Destroy Pax Americana in the Middle East.

Kivimäki, T., 1 Feb 2018, In : The World Financial Review. January-February, p. 29-32 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Middle East
peace research
book review
institutional change

What South Korea’s election might mean for the long peace in East Asia?

Kivimaki, T., 9 May 2017, In : The Conversation. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
election result
South Korea