School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature


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: Principal Lecturer in Political Economy and Subject Area Leader for Politics and International Relations
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2219
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  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am Principal Lecturer in Political Economy and Subject Area Leader for Politics and International Relations. My most recent publications focus on the securitisation of both multilateral and bilateral development aid. I am currently engaged in the research project “Assessing the Shifting Character of Contemporary Intervention in West Africa”.

I joined the University of Portsmouth as a lecturer in 2014, having previously taught  at University College London and the University of Southampton and worked for a European International Development NGO. I gained a distinction for an ESRC funded MSc in International Relations (Research) at the University of Southampton, before completing an ESRC funded PhD in International Relations at the same institution.

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels principally on the themes of Political Economy, Security and International Development. I coordinate the modules Global Development (level 4) and Global Capitalism: Past, Present and Future (level 6), as well as contributing to various other modules including International Politics and Contemporary Security in International Relations.

Media Availability

I am happy to take calls and emails from media on my research, and am aware of the need to respond to journalists in a timely manner.  Interested journalists can also contact the University's Media and Communications team for support and advice on all media engagement, including out of hours.


I am interested in the political economy of international development, with a particular focus on the securitization of international development and development aid. Specifically, my recent research investigates the way in which securitization is reflected in the development policy discourse of bilateral and multilateral donors and the extent to which securitization is reflected in actual development programming and aid distribution. This research investigates, for example, how the national security interests of donors and the way in which donors perceive conflict and fragility in the Global South impacts how they spend development aid. I welcome proposals from PhD candidates on the political economy of, securitisation of, and global governance of development and development aid.

Research clusters

  • International Development Studies and Security Issues
  • Transnational Europe

Research profile

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