Dr Henry Staples

Department of Sociological Studies

Research Associate

Henry Staples
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Dr Henry Staples
Department of Sociological Studies
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

Henry joined the Department of Sociological Studies as a Research Associate in February 2023, having previously worked as Knowledge Exchange Associate for the Faculty of Social Sciences. He completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield in Human Geography (July 2021), which explored the reintegration of guerrilla combatants in Colombia. Henry is broadly interested in the intersection of urban politics and peacebuilding processes, and has taught modules on the MA in International Public and Political Communication (Department of Journalism) and the BA in Human Geography. Prior to joining academia, Henry worked in local government and in the education sector.

Research interests

Henry’s main research areas are: urban violence and securitisation, the local politics of peacebuilding and urban reintegration processes. Henry was previously Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the ESRC-funded project Improbable Dialogues: Participatory Research as a Strategy for Reconciliation, which explored the dynamics of community participation in peacebuilding in Colombia, recipient of the ESRC Outstanding Societal Impact Prize in 2021.

Current Projects:


Journal articles


Research group
  • Blurring the edges: social frontiers as places of encounter’, Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) Response Mode 2022-2023, £22,951.03 (Co-Investigator)
  • ‘Creating partnerships to support community-level peacebuilding and development in Colombia’ Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) Response Mode 2021-2022 £9,980 (Co-Investigator) 
  • Governance And Actor Roles In Sustainable Development in a Global-Local Framework" collaboration between Coventry University and Chapecó-SC, Brazil, July 2018 (£1,539.80)