Centre for European and International Studies Research


Dr Melita Lazell

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Politics and History, MSc International Relations (Research) (Distinction), PhD International Relations, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy and Subject Leader in Politics and International Relations
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2219
  • Email: melita.lazell@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Melita Lazell is Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy. She gained a distinction for her ESRC funded MSc in International Relations (Research) at the University of Southampton, before undertaking an ESRC funded PhD in International Relations at the same  institution. Melita has held teaching positions at the University of Southampton and University College London, and worked for a European International Development NGO, before joining the department in 2014.

She is part of the Faculty Strategic Research Project ‘Assessing the Shifting Character of Contemporary Intervention in West Africa’ and collaborates with colleagues at Royal Holloway University on the Research Project ‘The Impact of Securitization on the Distribution of Development Aid’. Her most recent article investigates the extent to which aid from multilateral donors reflects the trend towards securitization.

Teaching Responsibilities

Melita teaches principally on the themes of Political Economy, Security and International Development. She coordinates Global Development (level 4) and Global Capitalism: Past, Present and Future (level 6), as well as contributing to various other units including Current Political Issues, Global Issues and International Politics, and at post-graduate level, Contemporary Security in International Relations.


Melita is interested in the political economy of International Development, with a particular focus on the Securitization of International Development, specifically the way in which securitization is reflected in development discourse and the extent to which securitization is reflected in development programming and aid distribution.

Research clusters

  • International Development Studies and Security Issues
  • Transnational Europe

Research profile

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