Contact Dr Gemma Collantes Celador


Dr Gemma Collantes Celador is an expert within the field of conflict, security and development, currently focusing on the intersection between state building processes, security sector reform/governance and transitional justice. Her scholarly interests also include the EU Common Security and Defence Policy, the International Criminal Court, asylum/migration, and human security. Much of her scholarly work has focused on the Western Balkans but she is increasingly interested in Latin America. 

Through her work, Dr Collantes Celador has collaborated in projects with Prof. Mary Kaldor’s Human Security Study Group (based at the LSE), the Swedish National Defence College, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) and the CIDOB Foundation. Some of her work has received financial support from the UK Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), the Spanish Government and the Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission (EuroMeSCo). Between 2011-2016 Dr Collantes Celador was co-convenor of the South East Europe Working Group of the British International Studies Association (BISA). 

Dr Collantes Celador holds a MA (Honours) in Politics from the University of Edinburgh, a MSc in Theory and History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a PhD in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (now University of Aberystwyth). During her undergraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, she spent one academic year as an exchange student in the Department of Political Science, Queen’s University (Canada). 

Before joining Cranfield University in October 2016, Dr Collantes Celador held a lectureship post in international security at City, University of London and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). Between 2000-2001, she worked for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Western European Union (Paris) and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (Brussels).

Current activities

Dr Gemma Collantes Celador is currently a Senior Lecturer in International Security at the Cranfield Forensic Institute, where she belongs to the International Security and Law Group. She is also Academic Director for the UK Ministry of Defence programme “Managing Defence in the Wider Security Context” as part of Cranfield University’s contribution to UK Defence Engagement. This programme is taught internationally in a range of countries but also within the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. 

Her teaching portfolio covers a broader range of issues within international security and defence. She currently teaches modules in Cranfield University’s MSc Defence Leadership, MSc Defence and Security and the PGCert Defence and Security Export. In the past she also contributed to the teaching of the MSc Security Sector Management (East Africa). 

Dr Collantes Celador is happy to accept student projects in topics that fall within her scholarly interests.  


Dr Collantes Celador’s has undertaken educational and/or consultancy projects for the UK MOD, the UK Royal Air Force, and the Folke Bernadotte Academy. 


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • McDowell C & Collantes-Celador G Refugee politics, integration risks and security. In: Behavioural and Social Sciences in Security (BASS’18) Conference, Lancaster University, 10-12 July 2018.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2017) Presentation of Case Study: ICC. In: Book Launch Workshop “Global Governance and the European Union: Responses to a Changing World”, Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI), Barcelona, 3 February 2017.
  • McDowell C, Collantes-Celador G & de Silva N (2017) Mapping the Drivers of Diaspora Engagement in Processes of Transitional Justice: The Case of Sri Lanka since 2009. In: ERC Workshop on “Diasporas and Transitional Justice: Local, National and Global Dimensions”, University of Warwick, 3 April 2017.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2017) The EU, the International Criminal Court and a Lifetime of Normative Contestation.. In: 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, European International Studies Association, Barcelona, 13-16 September 2017.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2017) The Changing Internal and External Security Environment in the Western Balkans [Participant at Roundtable WA09]. In: BISA 42nd Annual Conference, Brighton, 14 June 2017.
  • McDowell C, Aronica V, Collantes-Celador G & de Silva N (2017) The Forced Displacement and Migration Cycle – the Missing Link in the Ongoing Securitisation of Refugee and Asylum Populations?. In: Terrorism and Asylum Workshop, London, 8 December 2017.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2016) The Fight against Corruption, Crime and Terrorism: the EU in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In: Invited talk given as part of a Jean Monnet funded module on “EU's Approaches to Corruption and the Crime-Terror Nexus”, Aston, Birmingham, 17 February 2016.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2016) The statebuilding-police reform relationship: Insights from the Bosnian case. In: 41st Annual International Conference of the British International Studies Association (BISA), Edinburgh, 15-17 June 2016.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2016) The defence of an institution under challenge: the EU and the International Criminal Court. In: 23rd International Conference of Europeanists, Philadelphia, PA, 14-16 April 2016.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2015) The Role of Security Governance in Statebuilding Processes. In: Globalizing Dayton: Lessons from 20 Years of Peace Implementation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, City, University of London, 28 October 2015.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2015) The EU and the International Criminal Court: Maintaining its Relevance in the "Almost Perfect" Institutional Marriage of Ideas and Power. In: International Studies Association (ISA) 56th Annual Convention, New Orleans, 20 February 2015.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2014) The International Criminal Court: A Cosmopolitan Project in Theory and Practice?. In: Guest Lecture, Department of Law, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 21 November 2014.
  • Collantes-Celador G & Flessenkemper T (2013) Police Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina – What went Wrong?. In: LSEE-Research on South East Europe : Visiting Speaker Programme, London, 12 February 2013.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2012) The Democratisation of the Police in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Achievements and Shortcomings. In: Police Reform and Human Rights in the Western Balkans, University of Roehampton, London, 28 January 2012.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2011) "Europeanising" Bosnia: The Fabrication of Statehood through Police Reform. In: British International Studies Association (BISA) Annual Conference, Manchester, 27 April 2011.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2011) The Responsibility and Legitimacy of the UN during the Certification Process of the Bosnian Police. In: Guest Lecture, Department of Law, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 19 May 2011.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2011) The police restructuring process in Bosnia: Statehood under Challenge?. In: 16th Annual World Convention, Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), New York, 14 April 2011.
  • Ioannides I & Collantes-Celador G (2010) Internal-External Security Nexus: A Stumbling Block to EU Police Missions in the Western Balkans. In: UACES Conference “Exchanging Ideas on Europe”, Bruges, 6 September 2010.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2010) War Criminals in the Police – The Role of Civil Society in Vetting Processes. In: Workshop organized by LSEE, LSE Global Governance and SEESOX - St. Anthony’s College, London, 7 May 2010.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2009) Becoming "European" through Police Reform: A Successful Strategy in Bosnia and Herzegovina?. In: International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, New York, 14 February 2009.
  • Collantes-Celador G & Juncos AE (2009) The Reform of Border Management in the Western Balkans: Safeguarding EU External Borders or Preparing for EU Integration?. In: British International Studies Association (BISA) Annual Conference, Leicester, 14 December 2009.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2008) Human Security and the EU Perspective. In: Seminar organized by HEGOA Institute, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, 30 June 2008.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2007) EU Police Strategies Abroad: An Overview. In: 2nd Istanbul Conference on Democracy and Global Security, Istanbul, 14 June 2007.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2007) The EU´s Efforts to Control Crime outside its Borders: Trends in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In: SGIR Young Researchers Workshop on “Fighting Crime and Terrorism in the Backyard: European Security Policies in the Balkans”, 6th Pan-European International Relations Conference, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Turin, 11 September 2007.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2007) The EU and its policy towards security sector reform: a new example of the "conceptual/contextual" divide?. In: VI International Seminar on Security and Defence in the Mediterranean, CIDOB Foundation, Barcelona, 5 November 2007.
  • Collantes-Celador G (2007) Is the EU Ready for SSR? Reflections on Police Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In: Workshop organized by the Swedish National Defence College, Stockholm, 26 January 2007.