Simon Reid-Henry

Senior Researcher

Simon Reid-Henry
Twitter: @sreidhenry

Research Interests

Simon is a Senior Researcher at PRIO affiliated to the Dimensions of Security research programme. A geographer by training his research interests include the politics of humanitarianism, global health, development, migration, security and 'global science'. ​Simon's work applies an interdisciplinary focus to the making and application of political, economic, technical and legal forms of knowledge in the world. He is currently engaged in two projects at PRIO: Armed Violence in Urban Areas (joint with NUPI) and Protection of Civililans, both funded by the Norwegian Research Council. 


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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Reid-Henry, Simon (2016) Just Global Health?, Development and Change 47(4): 712–733.
Reid-Henry, Simon (2015) Genealogies of Liberal Violence: Human Rights, State Violence and the Police, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 33(4): 626–641.
Reid-Henry, Simon & Ole Jacob Sending (2014) The “humanitarianization” of urban violence, Environment & Urbanization 26(2): 427–442.
Reid-Henry, Simon (2013) An Incorporating Geopolitics: Frontex and the Geopolitical Rationalities of the European Border, Geopolitics 18(1): 198–224.
Reid-Henry, Simon (2013) Review Essay: On the Politics of Our Humanitarian Present, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 31(4): 753–760.


Reid-Henry, Simon (2015) The Political Origins of Inequality: Why A More Equal World Is Better For Us All. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

PRIO Policy Brief

Lidén, Kristoffer & Simon Reid-Henry (2016) What’s in It for Them? Why the Veto Powers All Support Protection of Civilians (And Why They Often Fail to Agree on It), PRIO Policy Brief, 10. Oslo: PRIO.

Blog Posts

Why the Veto Powers All Support Protection of Civilians (And Why They Often Fail to Agree on It)

Posted by Simon Reid-Henry & Kristoffer Lidén on Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The Protection of Civilians (PoC) expands the responsibility of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for international peace and security to the internal affairs of conflict-ridden countries. As such, it bolsters the authority of the five permanent members (the P5) in world politics and presents them with a flexible tool for exercising this authority. In reply to the question “what’s in it for them”, in this blog post we argue that in addition to shaping their responses to situations like Syria and Libya, the principle of PoC shapes the very dynamics of the Council itself, and ultimately the decisions of conflict ...

Reforming the Security Council: the Question that won’t go Away

Posted by Simon Reid-Henry on Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Last week Saudi Arabia took the unprecedented step of turning down the offer of a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, accusing the body of having failed in its “duties and … responsibilities in keeping world peace.” Saudi Arabia may have had the deadlock over Syria in mind, but it had the “work mechanisms and double standards” of the Security Council (UNSC) very firmly in its sights. Read more in Simon Reid-Henry’s (PRIO) blog post at the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies.