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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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Projects 2017 2017

Volkawagen Foundation Travel Grant

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Project: Research-related funding

S.B 7.0 Biosecurity Fellowship

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Project: Research-related funding

Research Output 2012 2018

Resilience, Security and Defence

Edwards, B. Feb 2018 (Accepted/In press) Handook on Defence Studies. Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The politics of international chemical weapon justice: The case of Syria, 2011-2017

Edwards, B. & Cacciatori, M. 25 Jan 2018 In : Contemporary Security Policy. 39, 2, p. 280-297 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

chemical weapon
4 Citations

Point of View: A transatlantic perspective on 20 emerging issues in biological engineering

Edwards, B. & et al, N. V. 14 Nov 2017 In : eLife. 6, e30247

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Administrative Personnel
Research Personnel

We’ve got to talk: The militarization of biotechnology

Edwards, B. 4 Aug 2017 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Decade of Synthetic Biology in the Context of the Biological and Toxin Weapon Convention and the Chemical Weapon Convention

Edwards, B. & Revill, J. May 2016 Biochemical Security 2030 Project. 40 p. (biochemical Security 2030 Project Paper Series)

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

chemical weapon
biological weapon
science and technology