Jonathan’s research is focused on the place and agency of African states in the international system, particularly in the realm of security and conflict. Within this he is interested in the role played by African governments in shaping how they are perceived and engaged with by Western actors. He has a particular interest in eastern Africa and the influence of guerrilla heritage on contemporary patterns of governance, conflict and cooperation across the region. He is also interested in how ‘knowledge’ on African security and conflict is negotiated and constructed in a range of settings.
Speaking of his achievement, Dr Fisher said: “Being nominated for the SCOPUS Young researcher of the year award is a great honour and winning feels just amazing. I do what I do because I love it and think it’s an extremely important topic, getting recognition for my research gives me real confidence in taking my work to the next step. This award helps to highlight the importance of understanding Africa’s relationship with the rest of the world.”
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the US-UK Fulbright Commission honoured the early career researchers for their outstanding contribution to UK science at an awards ceremony attended by over 70 senior figures from government, academia and industry. The keynote speech was delivered by Gareth Davies, Director General for Knowledge and Innovation, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills who said “All the winners should be very proud of their achievements. The UK research base is one of our country’s great success stories and punches well above its weight, so to be at the front of this field is no mean feat. I wish them every success for the future.”
Working closely with the research community, Elsevier recognises and rewards researchers for their vital role in advancing science. The Scopus Young Researcher UK Award programme began in 2011 to highlight the work of early career researchers through six awards across a variety of subject disciplines.