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Dr Rob Geist Pinfold

Lecturer in Peace and Security

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Lecturer in Peace and Security in the School of Government and International AffairsElvet Hill Cottage 001+44 (0) 191 33 44851



Dr. Rob Geist Pinfold joined the School of Government and International Affairs in 2022. Alongside his role at Durham, he is a Research Fellow at the Peace Research Center Prague and a Senior Fellow at Charles University's Herzl Center for Israel Studies. Rob holds a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London. Previously, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Haifa. 

Rob is a scholar of international security whose research intersects the study of strategy and territorial conflict. His existing work has focused on two key themes: (i) military occupation and exit dilemmas and (ii) how 'grand strategy' is studied within the academy. His work has been published in International Studies Perspectives, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Mediterranean Politics. His full-length book manuscript, Understanding Territorial Withdrawal: Israeli Occupations and Exits, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2023. 

Research interests

  • Israeli foreign and security policy
  • Military interventions and occupations
  • Strategy and grand strategy
  • Territorial conflict

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Security, territory and boundaries:
  • International politics:
  • Middle eastern and Islamic studies:
  • Terrorism:
  • Politics & Society: Israel-Arab Conflict


Authored book

  • Pinfold, Rob Geist (2023). Understanding Territorial Withdrawal: Israeli Occupations and Exits. Oxford University Press.

Chapter in book

  • Pinfold, Rob Geist (Accepted). Israel: A Nation of Contrasts and Cleavages, in Peters and Geist Pinfold (Eds.), Understanding Israel: Political, Security and Societal Challenges (Oxford: Routledge): 1-9. In
  • Pinfold, Rob Geist (2022). Security in the Israel-Palestine Conflict: Applying a Territorial Prism. In Routledge Companion to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Asaf Siniver Routledge.

Edited book

Journal Article