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Willing to supervise doctoral students

Military affairs
Defence Studies
Conflict Research
Science and Technology Studies

Research interests

David J. Galbreath is Professor of International Security in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. His expertise is on defence and war studies with a particular focus on how science and technology influences doctrine, concepts and tactics as well as broader applications such as defence engagement and defence procurement. He has been the editor of European Security (2008-2015), Defence Studies (2014-2016), and Associate Editor of the European Journal of International Security (2016-2020). He is the co-editor (with John Deni, US Army War College) of the Routledge Handbook of Defence Studies (2019). Along with Aaron Brantly (Virginia Tech) and Manabrata Guha (Australian National University), he is co-editing the Routledge Handbook on War and Technology (expected 2021).

In addition, Prof Galbreath has long worked on the former Soviet Union with work on the Baltic States between 2003 and 2011 as well as the war in Ukraine from 2013 with my co-author Tetyana Malyarenko (Odessa University, Ukraine). His most recent work is to be published in Europe-Asia Studies in 2019 (electronically) and 2020 (hard copy).

Prof Galbreath was the AHRC-ESRC Conflict Theme Leadership Fellow for the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security from 2015 to 2019. He was the principal investigator of the ESRC funded ‘Drivers of European Military Reform’ from 2013 to 2015 as well as the ESRC-DSTL funded project (originally submitted by Alexander Kelle) ‘Bio-Chemical Security 2030’.

He is available for doctoral supervision in the areas of defence and war studies as well as arms control and technology in society.


  • Defence
  • Security
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • War Studies
  • Military Operations
  • Conflict
  • Ukraine
  • Russia
  • Baltic States
  • Minority Rights
  • Ethnic Conflict
  • Strategic Theory
  • Organisational behaviour

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Research Output

Moving the techno-science gap in Security Force Assistance

Galbreath, D., 2019, In : Defence Studies. 19, 1, p. 49-61 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Paramilitary motivation in Ukraine: beyond integration and abolition

Malyarenko, T. & Galbreath, D. J., 10 Mar 2016, In : Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. 16, 1, p. 113-138 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
    176 Downloads (Pure)

    RMA, European militaries and the limits of modernization

    Galbreath, D., 14 Oct 2015, Reassessing the Revolution in Military Affairs: Transformation, Evolution and Lessons Learnt. Collins, J. & Futter, A. (eds.). Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave Macmillan, (Initiatives in Strategic Studies: Issues and Policies).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Western European Armed Forces and the Modernisation Agenda: Following or Falling Behind?

    Galbreath, D., 2014, In : Defence Studies. 14, 4, p. 394-413 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    125 Downloads (Pure)

    Routledge Handbook of Defence Studies

    Galbreath, D. (ed.) & Deni, J. (ed.), 22 Feb 2018, London, U. K.: Routledge. 416 p. (Routledge Handbooks)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Thesis

    Securitisation of Population Dynamics in the People's Republic of China

    Author: Li, N., 14 Nov 2017

    Supervisor: Galbreath, D. (Supervisor) & Thomas, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    The Myths of Fear in Realism: Morgenthau, Waltz and Mearsheimer Reconsidered

    Author: Heydarian Pashakhanlou, A., 4 Nov 2014

    Supervisor: Galbreath, D. (Supervisor) & Hyde-Price, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

    Legitimation of EU Conflict Resolution through Local Actors: Cases of Kosovo and North Cyprus

    Author: Yabanci, B. Y., 17 Jan 2014

    Supervisor: Galbreath, D. (Supervisor), Whitman, R. (Supervisor) & Milner, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Eurocentric Endeavour or Empty Rhetoric? Analysing EU Promotion of Human Rights in China Through a Normative Power Perspective: 1989-2009

    Author: Shen, W., 25 Mar 2012

    Supervisor: Galbreath, D. (Supervisor) & Aggestam, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD