Dr John Willott, Principal Lecturer

Dr John Willott

Principal Lecturer

John is a Principal Lecturer in Politics & International Relations, and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Following a PhD in Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, John gained a Royal Society Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Manchester University. For this, as well as research on tropical forest loss, he managed a research station in northern Borneo. He subsequently worked on the EU-funded MEDALUS programme at Leeds University on climate change, desertification and land use in the Mediterranean region.

After an academic career break, he joined Leeds Beckett University, securing over £6m EU funding to deliver projects on social inclusion and improving access to Higher Education and employment. From these developed new research interests in marginalised groups, particularly refugees. This led to research and consultancy work funded by the EU, Refugee Council, AHRC/ESRC, local government and HE Academy.

He now combines these research interests on people, environment and development.

Current Teaching

John is Module Leader for the undergraduate Understanding Security and Environment & World Politics modules, and the masters Post-conflict Reconstruction module.

He is also Module Leader and teaches research methods on the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Dissertation modules.

He is currently supervising PhD students working on Non-violence in the Tunisian Arab Spring; Reintegration of Child Soldiers; Religious & Ethnic Minorities in Post-conflict Iraq; and Identity & Conflict in Bangladesh.

Research Interests

John has worked on a UN-funded project to combat violence against women in Uganda, Cambodia and Nepal. He has authored 'Acid Violence in Uganda: A Situational Analysis', presented to the government, legal, health and social services to promote coordinated action to address the problem.

He is currently working on a project funded by BAICE to understand how best to incorporate indigenous language and culture teaching in Colombian primary schools to promote intercultural understanding and a transformative peace education.

Dr John Willott, Principal Lecturer

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Selected Outputs

  • Clegg S; Stevenson J; Willott J (2009) Extending conceptualisations of the diversity and value of extracurricular activities: a cultural capital approach to graduate outcomes.

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  • Willott J (2009) Embedding climate change in the curriculum. Harris PG eds. 18 June 2009 - 19 June 2009, Centre for Asian Pacific Studies and the Environmental Studies Programme, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Hing Kong: Lignan University.


  • Kimura M; Prodgers L; Willott J (2006) Ethnicity, education and employment. London: Continuum,University of East London.

  • Willott SJ; Stevenson J; Ibbetson C (2006) Higher Education: A Guide for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Yorkshire & Humber. Leeds: Leeds Metropolitan University.