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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 former Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2016-2022). 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 (forthcoming).

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’. More recently he was the principal investigator for a grant from the Australian Army Research Centre under grant number AARC 13/19 as part of the Australian Army Research Scheme 2019.

He is available for doctoral supervision in the areas of defence, security and war studies as well as studies to do with science and technology in politics and society. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • 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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