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Summary of Research Interests

My research interests are largely in international relations and political science. I am currently working on political philosophy concerning the ethics of military intervention, the impacts of democratisation and elections and American foreign policy. I am increasingly interested in how international relations theories can explain war and invasions. I have previously conducted field research within the domain of criminology related to police corruption, state corruption and methods of crime control. In particular, I was engaged in how police corruption in developing and war-torn states impacted on poverty, development and terrorism. My studies have also included mechanisms of crime control within indigenous environments, namely in developing and war-torn contexts. Moreover, I research on other criminology-related disciplines. These include international terrorism and human rights. Therefore, my research is interdisciplinary within the fields of international relations, political theory, political philosophy and criminology. 

Research interests

Selected Publications


  • Singh, Danny (2023) The Tripartite Realist War: Analysing Russia's Invasion of Ukraine. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-3-031-34162-5
  • Singh, Danny (2020) Investigating Corruption in the Afghan Police Force: Instability and Insecurity in Post-conflict Societies. Bristol: Policy Press. ISBN: 978-1447354666
  • Cordeiro-Rodrigues, Luis and Singh, Danny (eds.) (2020) Comparative Just War Theory: An Introduction to International Perspectives. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, Explorations in Contemporary Social-Political Philosophy. ISBN: 978-1-5381-1209  


  • Singh, Danny (2022) 'The Causes of Police Corruption and Working towards Prevention in Conflict-Stricken States.' Laws, 11 (5): 69. DOI: 10.3390/laws11050069 
  • Ike, Tarela Juliet, Antonopoulos, Georgios A. and Singh, Danny (2022) 'Community perspectives of terrorism and the Nigerian government’s counterterrorism strategies: A systematic review.' Criminology & Criminal Justice. DOI: 10.1177/17488958221110009 
  • Singh, Danny (2021) 'Anticorruption, Cultural Norms, and Implications for the APUNCAC.' Laws, 10 (2): 23. DOI: 10.3390/laws10020023
  • Ike, Tarela Juliet, Singh, Danny, Jidong, Dung Ezekiel, Murphy, Sean and Ayobi, Evangelyn, Ebi (2021) 'Rethinking reintegration in Nigeria: community perceptions of former Boko Haram combatants.' Third World Quarterly, DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2021.1872376 
  • Ike, Tarela Juliet, Singh, Danny, Jidong, Dung Ezekiel, Ike, Lawrence Mieyebi and Ayobi, Evangelyn Ebi (2021) 'Public perspectives of interventions aimed at building confidence in the Nigerian police: a systematic review.' Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, DOI: 10.1080/18335330.2021.1892167
  • Singh, Danny (2020) 'Understanding corruption in the lower levels of the Afghan police force.' The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 93 (4): 353-383. DOI: 10.1177/0032258X19862014
  • Singh, Danny (2020) 'A Street intercept strategy to research police corruption in Afghanistan.' Policy Studies, 41 (6): 586-602. DOI: 10.1080/01442872.2019.1581154 
  • Ike, Tarela, Singh, Danny, Murphy, Sean, Jidong, Dung Ezekiel, Porritt, Fran and Ayobi, Evangelyn Ebi (2020) 'Community perspectives of former terrorist combatants, militants and reintegration programmes in Nigeria: A systemic review.' Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. DOI: 10.1080/19434472.2020.1834431 
  • Singh, Danny (2019) 'The Management of Legal Pluralism and Human Rights in Decentralized Afghanistan.' The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 51 (3): 350-380. DOI: 10.1080/07329113.2019.1660079
  • Singh, Danny (2019) 'Challenging corruption and clientelism in post-conflict and developing states.' Crime, Law and Social Change, 71 (2): 196-216. DOI: 10.1007/s10611-018-9807-6
  • Singh, Danny (2016) ‘Anti-Corruption Strategies in Afghanistan: An Alternative Approach.’ Journal of Developing Societies: Special Issue on Culture and Corruption in Developing States – Part 1, March, Vol. 32, No. 1: 44-72. DOI: 10.1177/0169796X15609714
  • Singh, Danny (2015) ‘Explaining the Varieties of Corruption in the Afghan Justice Sector.’ Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 231-255. DOI: 10.1080/17502977.2015.1033093
  • Singh, Danny (2014) ‘Corruption and Clientelism in the Lower Levels of the Afghan National Police’, Conflict, Security & Development, Vol. 14, No. 5, pp. 621-650. DOI: 10.1080/14678802.2014.963391  
  • Singh, Danny (2010) ‘An Approach to Linking Reforms in Security and Justice Sectors in Post-War Environments.’ Inquiry and Insight, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Fall), pp. 126-154.

Book Chapters 

  • Singh, Danny and Cordeiro-Rodrigues, Luis (2020) Introduction: International and Comparative Perspectives to Just War Theory. In: LuisCordeiro-Rodrigues and Danny Singh (eds.) Comparative Just War Theory: An Introduction to International Perspectives. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, Explorations in Contemporary Social-Political Philosophy: 1-9.  
  • Singh, Danny (2020) Undertaking Critical Legal Theory to Examine Just War Intervention: A Smokescreen for Political Ambitions. In: LuisCordeiro-Rodrigues and Danny Singh (eds.) Comparative Just War Theory: An Introduction to International Perspectives. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, Explorations in Contemporary Social-Political Philosophy: 61-79.   

Working Paper Series 

  • Singh, Danny (2011) ‘A Holistic Approach to Post-War Reconstruction: Linking Security and Justice Sector Reforms’. In: Envisioning the Future of Social Science: A White Rose Working Paper, 11 April 2011, University of York White Rose Consortium: 6-12. 

Book Reviews

  • Singh, Danny (2022) 'Policing Iraq: Legitimacy, Democracy, and Empire in a Developing State. By Jessie S. G. Wozniak. Oakland: University of California Press, 2021. Pp. ix+241. $85.00 (cloth); $29.95 (paper).' American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 127, No, 6, pp. 1946-1948.
  • Singh, Danny (2022) 'Police-Related Deaths in the United States: By David Baker.' Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Vol. 64, No. 4, p. 4.  
  • Singh, Danny (2012) ‘Matteo Tondini – Statebuilding and Justice Reform: Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Afghanistan, Oxon: Routledge, 2010.’ Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 148-149.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Undergraduate - Level 4

  • Introduction to International Relations

Undergraduate - Level 6

  • International Law 

Postgraduate - Level 7

  • Theorising International Relations 
  • Diplomacy and Peacekeeping in Practice 
  • The Responsibility to Protect and Justice 
  • International Law 

Academic Responsibilities

  • Course Leader for MA International Relations / MA International Relations (Applied). 
  • Panel Member: International Sub-Committee. 
  • Director of Studies and Second Supervisor for doctoral students.
  • Internal examiner for doctoral students. 

PhD and Research Opportunities

I am willing to supervise PhD students within the following fields: 

  • Police corruption
  • Political corruption 
  • The ethics of armed conflict and humanitarian intervention
  • Corruption in developing and war-torn states
  • Human rights
  • Security Sector Reform
  • Indigenous justice
  • International criminal justice
  • Just war theory
  • The use of force
  • International law
  • Transitional justice
  • The United Nations system
  • Humanitarianism 
  • Drug use in sport 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, A Political Economy Approach to Understanding Corruption in Afghan Law Enforcement, Leeds Beckett University

Award Date: 5 Sept 2017

Master, MPhil: An Approach to Linking Security and Justice Sector Reforms, University of York

Award Date: 11 Jul 2014

Master, MA Global Politics & International Law, University of Sheffield

Award Date: 21 Nov 2008

Bachelor, BA (Hons) Social Science & Law, Sheffield Hallam University

Award Date: 29 Jun 2007


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