Nicholas Turner

Senior Programme Coordinator

  • Nicholas Turner
    UNU Center, 53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku 150-8925, Tokyo
    +81 3 5467-1317
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    Research Interests

    • Human rights and ethics
    • International peace and security


    M.A. (with Distinction), International Relations (Human Rights), University of Kent
    B.Sc. (Hons), Business and Computer Science


    Peer reviewer for DFID grant applications
    Technical editor for ADB publications

    Biographical Statement

    Nicholas Turner is a Senior Programme Coordinator at UNU-IAS. His responsibilities include strategic planning and analysis, programme and project management, institutional governance, research and funding development, internal and external reporting, and communications. His own research interests lie in international peace and security, development, human rights and ethics. Nicholas has published the peer-reviewed books World Religions and Norms of War (co-editor, UNU Press, 2009) and Foreign Direct Investment in Post-Conflict Countries (co-editor, Adonis & Abbey, 2010), as well as chapters in Human Rights Regimes in the Americas (UNU Press, 2010), Legality and Legitimacy in International Order (Oxford University Press, 2011) and An Institutional Approach to The Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press, 2013), among others.

    Nicholas holds an M.A. in international relations (with distinction) from the University of Kent at Canterbury, as well as a B.Sc. (Hons) in business and computer science. Prior to joining UNU he worked for local government and several NGOs in Hampshire and Kent, for QinetiQ Ltd. on the Defence Review Programme for the UK Armed Forces, and in Japan as Chief of European Affairs at a centre supporting Japanese students studying abroad.

  • Technical Papers, Policy Briefs, etc

    • Nicholas Turner and Nanako Otsuki, “The Responsibility to Protect and the Problem of the Kin State”, UNU Policy Brief No. 2, 2010
    • Nicholas Turner, Obijiofor Aginam and Vesselin Popovski, “Post-Conflict Countries and Foreign Investment”, UNU Policy Brief No. 8, 2008
    • Vesselin Popovski and Nicholas Turner, “Legality and Legitimacy in International Order”, UNU Policy Brief No. 5, 2008
    • Vesselin Popovski and Nicholas Turner, “Religious Perspectives on the Use of Force”, UNU Research Brief No. 1, 2007
    • Vesselin Popovski, Nicholas Turner and Gregory Lowden, “Human Rights Regime in the Americas”, UNU Policy Brief No. 3, 2008
    • Robert Zuber, Nicholas Turner and Christina Ayo, “Maximizing the Impact of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, 10 Years On”, UNU Policy Brief No. 8, 2010

    Other Publications (Conference Proceedings, etc)

    • Nicholas Turner, “Intercultural Leadership and Change” in Pathways Towards a Shared Future: Changing Roles of Higher Education in a Globalized World (conference proceedings, UNESCO 2007)
    • Nicholas Turner, “Education and Learning”, in Globalization and Languages: Building on Our Rich Heritage (conference proceedings, UNESCO 2008)
    • Nicholas Turner, “International Science Workshop on Assessments for the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” (co-lead author), UNU-ISP, 2010
    • Nicholas Turner, Kei Otsuki and Mitsuko Suzuki, “Climate Change, Global Health and Human Wellbeing in West Africa”, CECAR-Africa Workshop Final Report, UNU-ISP, 2011