Emeritus Professor Dennis Hardy has lived in Seychelles for the past ten years, where he was for some of this time Vice-Chancellor of the national university. Prior to this, most of his academic career was with Middlesex University in London, followed by spells in Dubai and Australia. His first degrees were in Geography at Exeter University and he subsequently qualified as a professional town planner at University College London; his PhD was obtained at the London School of Economics. Alongside senior management posts, he has retained an active research profile, with a number of well- reviewed books to his name. Currently, he is a part-time research professor with the James R. Mancham Peace and Diplomacy Research Institute at the University of Seychelles, where he specializes in geopolitics. He is also Editor of the Seychelles Research Journal.