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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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