Michael James Warren

Senior Fellow

Michael James Warren is a practitioner and researcher whose areas of expertise include the urban context of security reform and peacebuilding, security pluralism, violence and social cohesion, and inclusive local governance.


Michael James Warren joined the Centre for Security Governance as a Senior Fellow in October 2017.

Since 2015, Mr Warren has served as Programme Manager (Kosovo) at PAX, based in The Netherlands. He works at the intersection of local governance and conflict prevention in northern Kosovo, a region characterized by institutional hybridity and poor state-citizen relations.

Prior to joining PAX, Mr Warren served as a Strategy Advisor at UN-Habitat, focusing on urban violence reduction and the role of cities in building peace and legitimate governance;

Director, Project Development and Fundraising at Nonviolent Peaceforce, a civilian protection NGO; and Programme Specialist (Security and Rule of Law) at UNDP Kosovo.

He has supported and advised local and national officials, international policymakers, and civil society actors in more than a dozen countries.

Recently, Mr Warren co-convened Plural Security Insights, a unique two-year research initiative which conducted comparative analysis of plural security provision in Beirut, Nairobi, and Tunis, and produced policy recommendations to strengthen citizen security in related contexts.


Mr Warren has an MSc in the Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.