Duncan Depledge BA (Hons), MA, MPhil, PhD
Politics & International Studies Fellow
I joined Loughborough University as Politics & International Studies Fellow in 2019. My academic background is in political geography, international relations and security studies. I have extensive experience of working with governments, parliamentarians, think tanks, international organisations and militaries in the UK and abroad.
Prior to joining Loughborough University, I was the Director of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Polar Regions in Westminster, which I also helped to establish (2015-2019). From 2017-2018, I served as special adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee during its inquiry on ‘UK Defence in the Arctic’.
Previous to that, I was a Teaching Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London (2015-2016), and a Research Analyst on the Climate Change & Security Programme at the Royal United Services Institute (2010-2014).
I am a member of the UK Arctic & Antarctic Partnership Steering Committee.
My research is currently focussed on the changing geopolitics of the Arctic. I am particularly interested in the implications for the United Kingdom, which formed the subject of my first monograph, Britain and the Arctic (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018) and several papers published in The RUSI Journal and International Affairs over the past decade. More recently, my research has concentrated on the defence and security implications of environmental and geopolitical change in the ‘Wider North’ (encompassing the Arctic and adjacent areas in the North Atlantic and Northern Europe) and the relevance of that to the UK Ministry of Defence and NATO.
I also have a growing interest in maritime security and geopolitics. I have a book chapter on ‘Military security and the Oceans’ forthcoming in 2019, and will be exploring this subject further.
Both the ‘Arctic’/’Wider North’ and the ‘Maritime’ speak to my theoretical interests, which are rooted in critical geopolitics, vibrant materialisms, and assemblage theory. I have another book chapter forthcoming in 2019 which brings together ideas about ‘geo-power’ and geopolitical ‘stage-making’ as a way of understanding the inevitability of geopolitical change.
My research also informs my broader interest on the geopolitical and security implications of climate change. In 2016, I was a contributing author to the Second UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Evident Report for the Committee on Climate Change.
- Depledge D (2018) Britain and the Arctic (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)
- Depledge, D, Dodds, K and Kennedy-Pipe, C (2019, forthcoming) ‘The UK’s Arctic Defence Strategy: Negotiating the slippery geopolitics of the UK and the Arctic’, The RUSI Journal.
- Depledge, D and Kennedy-Pipe, C (2018) ‘The changing world of the Arctic’, Geography 103 (3): 154-161.
- Depledge, D (2015) ‘Geopolitical material: assemblages of geopower and the constitution of the geopolitical stage’, Political Geography 45: 91-92.
- Depledge, D and Dodds, K (2014) ‘No “Strategy” please, we’re British: The UK and the Arctic Policy Framework’, The RUSI Journal 159 (1): 24-31.
- Depledge, D (2013) ‘Emerging UK Arctic policy’, International Affairs 89 (6): 369-372.
- Depledge, D (2013) ‘Assembling a (British) Arctic’, The Polar Journal 3 (1): 163-177.
- Depledge, D (2013) ‘What’s in a name? A UK Arctic Policy Framework for 2013’, The Geographical Journal 179(4): 369-372.
- Depledge, D and Dodds, K (2012) ‘Testing the Northern Flank: The UK, Norway and Exercise Cold Response’, The RUSI Journal 157 (4): 72-78.
- Depledge, D and Feakin, T (2012) ‘Climate change and international institutions: implications for security’, Climate Policy 12 (Sup01), S73-S84.
- Depledge, D and Dodds, K (2011) ‘The UK and the Arctic: The Strategic Gap’, The RUSI Journal 156 (3), 72-79.
Chapters in Edited Books
- Depledge, D (2019, forthcoming) ‘Constituting the Arctic as a geopolitical stage’, in Meidinger, E, Connolly, KD, and Zubrow, E (eds.) The Big Thaw: Policy, Governance and Climate Change in the Circumpolar North (Buffalo: SUNY Press).
- Depledge, D and Dodds, K (2017) ‘Bazaar Governance: Situating the Arctic Circle', in Keil, K and Knecht, K (eds.) Beyond Geo-politics: Arctic Governance in Global Perspective (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan): 141-160.
- Depledge, D (2016) ‘Climate Change, Geopolitics and Arctic Futures’, in Sosa-Nunez, G and Atkins, E (eds.), Environment, Climate Change and International Relations (E-Book: E-IR).
- Willis, M and Depledge, D (2015) ‘How we learned to stop worrying about China’s Arctic ambitions: Understanding China’s admission to the Arctic Council, 2004-2013’, in Jensen, LC and Hoenneland, G (eds.) Handbook of the Politics of the Arctic (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar): 388-407.
- Depledge, D (2014) ‘(Re)Assembling Britain’s “Arctic”’, in Powell, R and Dodds, K (eds.) Polar Geopolitics? Knowledges, Resources and Legal Regimes (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar): 183-200.
- Challinor, A, Adger, NW, Di Mauro, M, Baylis, M, Benton, T, Conway, D, Depledge, D, Geddes, A, McCorriston, S, Stringer, L and Wellesley, L (2016) UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Evidence Report: Chapter 7, International Dimensions (London: Committee on Climate Change).
- Depledge, D (2015) ‘Hard Security Developments’, in Jokela, J (ed.) Arctic Security Matters: ISSUE Report No. 24 (Brussels: EU Institute for Security Studies): 59-68.
- Depledge, D (2013) ‘Arctic Security and the United Kingdom’ IFS Insights No. 3 (Oslo: Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies).
- Espach, R, Depledge, D and Feakin, T (2013) ‘The Climate and Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities for Transatlantic Security’ (Washington, DC: CNA).
- Feakin, T and Depledge, D (2011) ‘Climate Security: Impacts and Opportunities for Transatlantic Security’ (Washington, DC: German Marshall Fund).
- Depledge, D and Feakin, T (2010) The Implications of Climate Change for Global Governance and International Institutions (London: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills).
- Feakin, T and Depledge, D (2010) Climate-Related Impacts on National Security in Mexico and Central America (London: Royal United Services Institute).