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Research interests

I am Professor of International Security and Director of the Global Insecurities Centre in SPAIS. Between 2015-19, I was founding Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of International Security  for Cambridge University Press and the British International Studies Association (BISA). I am also Co-Director of the SafeSeas Network. My work addresses issues of security sector reform, civil-military relations and capacity building, with a recent focus on the maritime environment. My current research focuses on responses to transnational organised crime at sea. I have published on these themes in journals including the Review of International StudiesArea, Marine Policy Cooperation and Conflict, International Affairs, Survival, Armed Forces and Society, Europe-Asia Studies, and the Journal of Democracy, and authored or edited ten books. These include Capacity Building for Maritime Security: The Western Indian Ocean Experience (2020), British Foreign Policy and the National Interest (2014), Out of Step: The Case for Change in the British Armed Forces (2007), and Security Sector Reform in Transforming Societies (2007). 

Current and recent grants

  • ESRC (ES/S008810/1), Transnational Organised Crime at Sea: New Evidence for Better Responses, £433,336. Principle Investigator. 1 Jan. 2019-31 Dec. 2021. 
  • British Academy (GF160017), Safe Seas: A Study of Maritime Capacity Building in the Western Indian Ocean, £264,414. Co-Investigator. November 2016-March 2018.  
  • Horizon 2020, Preventing and Responding to Conflict: Developing EU Civilian Capabilities for a Sustainable Peace (EU-CIVCAP), €1,714,976. Co-Investigator. December 2015-November 2018. 
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship for Dr Filip Ejdus, Local Ownership in EU Security Sector Reform Missions, €183,455. Principle Investigator. October 2015-September 2017. 
  • ESRC (ES/L012944/1), Keeping Enough in Reserve: The Employment of Hybrid Citizen-Soldiers and the Future Reserves 2020 Programme, Co-I with Woodward, R. Higate, P. and Jenkins, N. £296,620. March 2014-March 2018. 


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Structured keywords and research groupings

  • SPAIS Global Insecurities Centre
  • Security Studies
  • Maritime Security
  • Security Sector Reform
  • Capacity Building
  • Civil-Military Relations


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