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Research interests

Dr Brett Edwards has a wide range of interests at the interface of technology, governance and security. He is currently involved in a number of projects examining the security implications of cutting-edge biotechnology, the governance of biological and chemical weapons as well as humanitarian intervention. He has also published on international responses to chemcial weapon use in Syria. Generally speaking, Dr Edwards adopts a qualatative and constructivist approach to his research. He is particularily intrested in the processes through which norms, values and authority are reproduced and contested, especially in the defintion of 'technical' problems.

Before holding his current post, Dr Edwards held a number of research and teaching positions. This included work on an ESRC funded project examning technology assessment in the context of the global prohibition regime directed at biological and chemcial weapons.

He also completed a Wellcome funded research fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology in 2013. He has an interdisciplinary academic background in the natural and social sciences. His PhD involved a comparative case study of national approaches to addressing security challenges raised by 'synthetic biology'. Dr Edwards also holds a MA in biotechnological law and ethics.


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Strand 3 - PhD Mobility 2019

Edwards, B., Barrinha, A., Roessing, A. & Jasanoff, S.


Project: Research-related funding

Volkawagen Foundation Travel Grant

Edwards, B.


Project: Research-related funding

S.B 7.0 Biosecurity Fellowship

Edwards, B.


Project: Research-related funding

Research Output

Emerging technology, STS and Security Studies: The case of CRISPR

Edwards, B., Hobson, T. & Roessing, A., 2020, (In preparation) In : Critical Studies on Security.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Biosecurity and human health: preparing for emerging infectious diseases and bioweapons

Edwards, B., Hobson, T. & Roessing, A., Sep 2019, National Security Committee

Research output: Other contribution

Emerging Issues in Biotechnology Security

Edwards, B., Henschke, A. (ed.), Hobson, T. & Li, N. C. H., 2019, (In preparation) National Security: Theories, Actors and Issues . Palgrave Macmillan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)

Technology Security and Ethics Research Group Website and invited blog series

Edwards, B., 2019

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site


The Ethics and Governance of Dual-Use Synthetic Biology within the United States and the United Kingdom (2003 - 2012)

Author: Edwards, B., 17 Sep 2014

Supervisor: Kelle, A. (Supervisor) & Hyde-Price, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


“How many divisions has he got?” The Holy See’s soft power on the US Wars in Iraq, 1991 & 2003

Author: Cahill, L., 19 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Edwards, B. (Supervisor) & Thomas, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD