At a glance
Head of Politics and International Studies
My expertise is in the study of war and conflict. I have a particular interest in how war is conducted and contemporary military affairs. I also study Arctic Security.
My interests are in the history of the Cold War, Russia and hybrid warfare. My current research is on contemporary war, with a focus on suicide bombers, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and the use of armed drones in counter-insurgency.
I study and write on contemporary war and political violence. I am interested in how the Cold War developed after the Second World War and how the United States and the Soviet Union conducted foreign policy under the shadow of nuclear weapons. I am also study the legacies of the Cold War on current Russian foreign policy and how the 9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan grew out of the fractured politics of the 1980s and 1990s. Here I look at both traditional and new forms of terrorism. Over the last 10 years I have been working on the impact of IEDs on warfare but I am also now researching how the use of armed drones affects counter terror policy and particularly how civilians are affected by drone warfare. On this topic I published with colleagues ‘Drone Chic’ for the Oxford Research Group in April 2016 questioning how precise drones might actually be in terms of civilians affected during and after a ‘strike’. This piece is available on line.
A second part of my current research looks at the possibility for confrontation in the High North and how global warming will affect both human and hard security in the Arctic. I have a piece coming out in ‘Geography’ on this topic in 2018.
A recent publication is ‘Liberal Feminisms, Militaries and War’ in The Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military. Palgrave, 2017. Pp. 23-39 which examines how female soldiers are incorporated in to and affected by combat.
I am currently a Specialist Advisor to the Defence Committee of the House of Commons and a Visiting Fellow at the American Rothermere Institute at the University of Oxford.