Dr George R Wilkes (MA PhD)

Research Fellow specialising in Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace


I am the founding Director of the Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace Project, and a Research Fellow at the School of Divinity. My teaching focuses on all aspects of the relationship between ethics and religion in war and in peace-building, and ranges further across Judaism and Jewish history to current issues relating to the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace process.

My earliest academic studies began in medieval and contemporary history, moving on to the history of political and ethical thought and focusing on a range of topics relating to the history of Jewish-Christian-Muslim encounter. From 2005-2010, I was a Fellow at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge. I have lectured at Cambridge, Edinburgh, Leuven, and Birmingham universities.



Responsibilities & affiliations

Director - Project on Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace

External appointments

  • British International Studies Association Working Group on Religion, Security and International Affairs, Steering Group
  • Jewish Law Association, Chair, Diaspora, Steering Committee
  • The Stephen S. Weinstein Symposium on the Holocaust, held biennially at Wroxton College (since 1996)
  • The Higher Education Academy, Fellow
  • British Association for Jewish Studies
  • European Association for Jewish Studies

Research summary

More information about research projects by Dr Wilkes are available on his Edinburgh Research Explorer profile.