Tom Hobson


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Research interests

My research takes place at the intersection between security, technology, politics & society. 

I'm interested in how technologies and societies are co-produced - and more specifically, in how these sociotechnical interactions condition security practices & modes of technological warfare. I'm also particularly interested in techno-futures and how imaginaries of futures (that can be realised through technology) are co-constitutive of our techno-discourse/practice in the present.

My thesis asks: How can the development of convergence technologies and the evolution of a particular techno-scientific mode of future war in the Third Offset, be understood through the interaction of socio-technical imaginaries in elite level discourse within the US military-defence establishment?

Previously, my work has covered a range of issues including: the development and use of autonomous weaponry; biosecurity and the military application of advanced biotech; biometric surveillance; taboo weaponry; the role of technology in the practice of war and state violence; water security and environmental sustainability. 

In addition to my academic work, I work on practical biosecurity and biosafety matters - consulting on best practice, project screening & RRI. I've worked on international projects with & with the iGEM Foundation.  In 2017, I completed a Research Fellowship with VERTIC. 

Prior to joining the Centre for Technology and War at Bath University, I worked for several years in various professional and NGO organisations. I hold an MSc. in Global Security from the University of Glasgow as well as an MA in Central and East European Studies from the same institution.


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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Research Fellow, VERTIC

15 Mar 2017 → …

Associate Consultant, BioSecure Ltd

1 May 2016 → …


  • Critical Security Studies
  • CSS
  • Security Studies
  • International Relations
  • IR
  • Science and Technology
  • STS
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Biotechnology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Robots
  • Surveillance
  • US Military
  • Military Ethics
  • discourse analysis
  • Political Violence
  • Third Offset
  • politics


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