BA (University of Kent), MA and PhD (University of S. Carolina, Columbia)
Nicholas Rees is Professor of International Relations and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
He was formerly Associate Provost at Abu Dhabi University and Dean of Arts and Humanities at Liverpool Hope University. He also worked in Ireland, serving as Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at the National College of Ireland and founding Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Limerick (UL). His areas of teaching and research include international relations, the European Union, Irish foreign policy and the UN & international peacekeeping.
He has led and managed a number of large scale EU funded research and teaching projects. He has acted as referee and reviewer for leading academic journals and publishers, as well as having edited the journal, Irish Political Studies. Key leadership positions have included being President, Political Studies Association of Ireland, executive committee member of the National Committee for the Study of International Affairs (Royal Irish Academy) and a member of the Institute of International and European Affairs (Dublin). As a researcher, he has authored/edited a number of books, as well as having edited a number of conference proceedings and produced numerous book chapters and refereed journal articles. He is currently working on a study of the implications of the financial crisis and Brexit for Irish foreign policy, as well as a longer-term project on the role and powers of the UN Secretary-General.