Eric Herring is Reader in International Politics and Research Director in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol. Previously, Eric has been been a University of Bristol Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University, a Social Science Research Council MacArthur Fellow at Columbia University and a tutor at the University of Aberystwyth. He was Specialist Adviser to the Select Committee on Economic Affairs of the House of Lords for its inquiry into UK economic sanctions policy; an advisory board member for the Oxford Research Group’s Every Casualty programme; Assistant Director of the Global Insecurities Centre; and Book Reviews Editor of the International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies. He was a member of the Transformative Research Call Commissioning Panel of the Economic and Social Research Council. He has given oral evidence on Iraq to the Select Committee on Defence of the House of Commons and have written expert reports on Iraq in relation to cases before the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. He serves on the editorial boards of Critical Studies on Terrorism, Globalizations, Critical Military Studies and the International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies and the advisory board of the Institute for Policy Research and Development and he is a reviewer for the Transformations to Sustainability Programme of the International Social Science Council. He chairs the advisory board of the Somali-led social enterprise Transparency Solutions.
Public engagement via the news media has been an important part of Eric’s work. For the print media this has included articles, interviews or quotes for Rzeczpospolita Poland, Pravdy Slovakia, L’Avvenire Italy, Fars News Agency Iran, Folha de Sao Paulo Brazil, New York Times, Helsingen Sanomat Finland, Today Singapore, El Nacional Venezuela, the Press Association, Daily Telegraph, The People, The Times, Sunday Herald, Daily Mirror, New Statesman, Scottish Daily Record, Western Mail, Bristol Evening Post, Western Daily Press and The Big Issue. He has written background and presenter material for BBC 2 Newsnight; had a regular current affairs slot on Channel 4’s Big Breakfast; was academic consultant for John Pilger’s documentary Paying the Price about the economic sanctions on Iraq; and has appeared on Sky news and various national current affairs and local news programmes. For radio, he has appeared on or had material broadcast by SBS Radio Australia, the South African Broadcasting Corporation and the Finnish Broadcasting Company. For BBC radio, he has contributed to the World Service and World Service Asian Network; Radio 4 6 O’Clock News, Today, Moral Maze, You and Yours, The Westminster Hour and The Turning World; Radio 5 Live Magazine, Drivetime and After Hours; Radio 2; Radio Wales and Radio Scotland. He has also appeared many times on LBC London, TalkSport Radio and BBC local radio across the UK.