Professor Alex Jeffrey
Official Fellow; Financial Tutor; Tutor; Director of Studies in Geography
Professor of Human Geography
Alex Jeffrey is a political and legal geographer with a particular interest in processes of state building, the geographies of war crimes trials and the contested nature of citizenship in divided societies. Much of Alex's empirical work has focused on the former Yugoslavia, recently examining the establishment of the War Crimes Chamber in Sarajevo.
Alex teaches on various courses on the Geographical Tripos, including introductory Human Geography lectures examining political geography and geopolitics, Part IB (second year) lectures exploring citizenship and civil society and a Part II (third year) course tracing the complex relationships between law and space, in a variety of settings and scales. These lectures and supervisions are designed to explore some of the key questions that have driven Alex’s research over the past decade: how is a new state constructed and communicated to a divided community after a violent conflict? What role can legal processes play in reconciliation between former antagonistic groups? How can international organisations simultaneously govern a post-conflict state while also claiming increased democratization? Alex has also produced two collaborative text books: Political Geography: An Introduction to Space and Power (with Prof. Joe Painter, Sage, 2009) and Geographical Thought (with Prof. Anoop Nayak, Pearson, 2011). Alex was the recipient of the Pilkington Teaching Prize in 2018.
Alex’s research has focused on the governance of post-conflict environments and the role of nongovernmental organizations in fostering democracy. His research has predominantly examined the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina and involved numerous periods of residential fieldwork. In 2013 he published The Improvised State: Sovereignty, Performance and Agency in Dayton Bosnia in the RGS-IBG Book Series (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell). Recently he was principal investigator on a two-year research project funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (RES-061-25-0479, £267 248) examining the nature of public outreach programmes from the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is also participating (as a Research Fellow) on a five-year European Research Council Advanced Grant entitled Youth Experiences of Citizenship in Divided Societies: Between Cosmopolitanism, Nation, and Civil Society (Principal Investigator Professor Lynn Staeheli, University of Arizona). Lists of recent publications can be found on his Department of Geography website.