A.J.R. (John) Groom is since 2004 Emeritus Professor of the University of Kent at Canterbury, the School of Politics and International Relations of which he had joined in 1978. He has also taught at University College London and has been Guest Professor of Renmin University and Xian International Studies University of China, Sciences-Po Paris, the IEP de Lille and the Diplomatische Akademie Wien. Professor Groom has been particularly active in professional associations having been the Founder and for ten years Chairman of the European Standing Group for International Relations, Chairman of BISA and Vice-President of ISA, a member of the Executive Committee of the European Consortium for Political Research and a Board Member of the Academic Council for the United Nations System. He has been the Editor of the academic journals Global Society and ERIS. His academic interests include conflict resolution, track II diplomacy, international organisations, functionalism and European politics. Among his other interests are opera and music, food and wine, and travel. He is a fervent supporter of Lincoln City, from where he hails.