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Academic Overview

I am a PhD Student under the supervision of Dr Brett Edwards and Dr Andre Barrinha. My main research studies British chemical and biological weapons (CBW) discourses. My PhD looks into how CBW insecurity discourses have evolved overtime across differing era’s. I am therefore interested in Britain’s historical relationship with CBW has been informed by this discourses. Therefore, my research looks at Britain’s CBW program during the cold war, its policy towards disarmament. I also study CBW discourses around contemporary security concerns including Iraq, Syria, Salisbury and most recently AI.

Outside of this, I have also studied the institutional dynamics and institutional politics of the chemical and biological weapons conventions. I am also fascinated more broadly, in the history of disarmament and arms control institutions. The current research project I am working on primarily looks at how CBW association with AI, has impacted discourses and the perceptions of the threat that AI poses. I am also currently researching the social history of chemical weapon defence.

Professional Activities
I have attended and presented at many workshops and conferences in the field of military affairs, international disarmament and on CBW I have worked closely with numerous policy makers, academics, and specialists within the field of chemical and biological weapons. I also have experience in organising a workshop for the study of CBW defence. In my most recent paper, I argued with my co-authors in response to the 9th review of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) that far more can be done by civil society and scientists to support the BWC, whilst also highlighting key institutional constraints the BWC faces.

 

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Keywords

  • JZ International relations

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