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Professor Colin McInnes

Chair of the UKNC Board of Directors and Head of the Finance Committee

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Colin McInnes is responsible for the UK National Commission for UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Portfolio; and is the lead author of its papers setting out recommendations for reform of the World Social Sciences Report and on the UNESCO Chairs programme.

Colin has vast experience as defence advisor, having worked as a lecturer in the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst; visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Defence Studies, King’s College London; and Special Adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee. His research interests cover many aspects of global health and
International Relations, but especially the security dimensions of
HIV and AIDS, global health governance and global health
diplomacy.

He was elected Chair of the UKNC in 2019 and works closely with the British government, UNESCO designations and UNESCO HQ in Paris. In 2017 he received the Special Achievement Award at the inaugural Wales Social Research awards, for his ‘outstanding personal achievement in research’.

Professor McInnes has published widely, initially on strategy and security and more recently global health politics. His book, Spectator Sport War: The West and Contemporary Conflict, was a Choice ‘Outstanding academic title’. The wider impact of his work was rated 4* in the 2014 REF, for which he was also a panel member and he is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Alongside his role at UNESCO, he also holds a chair in Aberystwyth University’s Department of International Politics and is the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research. He is currently advising both Public Health Wales and the InterAction Council (an NGO consisting of over 40 former Presidents and Prime Ministers still active in influencing world events) on global health issues.

#Institution

University of Aberystwyth
Pro Vice-Chancellor- Research, Knowledge Exchange and Innovation

SINCE 2007

#Alma-Matter

#Role at UNESCO

Chair and Non-Executive Director of the UK National Commission for UNESCO

SINCE 2019

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Colin McInnes

Liaising with the UK’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO and approved by HM government, our Non-Executive Directors help steer the direction of the UK National Commission for UNESCO, and are each responsible for overseeing a particular field of UNESCO’s work in the UK.

ROLE AT UNESCO

Colin McInnes is Chair and Non-Executive Director of the UK National Commission for UNESCO and is responsible for its Social and Human Sciences Portfolio.

Institutions

UK National Commission for UNESCO
Chair and Non-Executive Director

FROM 2014

University of Aberystwyth
Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor of International Politics

RESEARCH, KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE AND INNOVATION

House of Commons Defence Committee
Special Adviser

Role at UNESCO

Chair and Non-Executive Director of the UK National Commission for UNESCO.

SINCE 2019

COMMISSION

The UK National Commission for UNESCO

ESTABLISHED 1946 – LONDON, ENGLAND

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) is the United Nations body responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. The UKNC is a hub for all UNESCO-related matters in the UK, and the Board of Directors take part in formulating and regularly reviewing the strategic aims of the commission.

Publications

SELECTED PUBLISHED WORK

Read about some of Colin’s work, projects and groundbreaking research.

LATEST

INTERNATIONAL DAY International Migrants Day 18.12 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   December 18 We celebrate the International Migrants Day on December 18. READ MORE BELOW MIGRANTS DAY Photo credit, from top to bottom: Nicola Fioravanti, UNESCO Migration is a global phenomenon driven by many forces. These start with aspirations for…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day of Persons with Disabilities 03.12 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   December 3 We celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3. READ MORE BELOW DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Photo credit, from top to bottom: Nathan Anderson, Arisa Chattasa. The annual observance of the…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 29.11 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   November 29 We celebrate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29. READ MORE BELOW SOLIDARITY WITH THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE Photo credit, from top to bottom: Ahmed Abu Hameeda, Cole-Keister.…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25.11 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   November 25 We celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25. READ MORE BELOW END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Photo credit, from top to bottom: United Nations, Karl…
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