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Research interests

I am Professor of International Security and director of the Global Insecurities Centre at the University of Bristol. I am also co-director of the SafeSeas network on maritime security. 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). My work addresses issues of security policy, capacity building and security sector reform, with focus on the maritime domain. I am author or editor of over 90 publications on these themes, including 14 books and special issues. These include Understanding Maritime Security (forthcoming May 2024), Capacity Building for Maritime Security (2020), and British Foreign Policy and the National Interest (2014). I have advised government departments including the UK Cabinet Office, Ministry of Defence and Department for Transport, most recently on the 2022 UK National Strategy for Maritime Security. I have also provided written and oral evidence to both houses of the UK parliament. My maritime security research has been funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy and EU Horizon 2020 programme. 

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. 

 Books and special issues

 Journal articles (selected)

Other Publications (selected)

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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