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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 BioSecu.re & 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.


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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Research Output

Emerging technology, STS and Security Studies: The case of CRISPR

Edwards, B., Hobson, T. & Roessing, A., 2020, (In preparation) In : Critical Studies on Security.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Questioning the Politics of Human Augmentation Technologies

Hobson, T. & Roessing, A., 2020, (Acceptance date) Bioethics and the Posthumanities: Attitudes and Perceptions. Sands, D. (ed.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Solving the problem of war - imaginaries of post-human perfectibility in the Third Offset

Hobson, T., 31 Mar 2020.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Biosecurity and human health: preparing for emerging infectious diseases and bioweapons

    Edwards, B., Hobson, T. & Roessing, A., Sep 2019, National Security Committee

    Research output: Other contribution

    Communist Imaginaries and Queer Futures: Memes as Sites of Collective Imagination

    Hobson, T. & Modi, K., 25 Nov 2019, Post-Memes: Seizing the Memes of Production. Bown, A. & Bristow, D. (eds.). Punctum Books

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter