Charlie Pearson

Charlie Pearson

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Charlie is a NINE DTP funded PhD Researcher within the field of International Relations at Queen's University Belfast.

His research focuses on the nature of military-based governmental approaches to combatting irregular migration at sea. 

Research Interests

Research interests include: Politics of Migration; Border Studies; International Organisations; Conflict Studies; Human Rights Law; EU Policy.


Charlie graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, with BA in International Relations in 2018. He went on to study LLM Human Rights Law at Queen's University Belfast, graduating in 2019. His PhD research subsequently began in 2020 under the supervision of Professor Alister Miskimmon and Dr Mike Bourne.

Before commencing postgraduate research, Charlie worked in government liaison for a parliamentary training organisation in Whitehall and has worked as a contract negotiator for a Tier 1 Investment Bank. 

Now a TA in the School of HAPP, he teaches International Relations and Contemporary Europe in weekely tutorial groups.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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