Dr Mike Bourne
Lecturer in International Security Studies
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My main areas of teaching are International Relations, and International Security. I currently contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in these areas. Previously I have run international courses on security governance and security sector reform in post-conflict countries.
My main areas of research relate to the political economy of illicit trafficking; small arms proliferation and conflict; arms trade and arms control; the political economy of intra-state conflict; the relationships between conflict, security and development; non-state actors in international security; critical security studies; security governance and security sector reform in post-conflict countries; and the privatisation of security. My previous work included an in depth analysis of the structures and dynamics of small arms proliferation – particularly as they relate to legal and illicit flows to conflicts. I was also a project co-ordinator on a major international project to strengthen and monitor global and regional small arms agreements – primarily the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms (including the production of substantial reports that fed into the UN small arms process, and convening informal diplomatic process to strengthen key areas of international agreements in this area). I have been a consultant on numerous security, arms, and conflict related projects for various NGOs and governments, and on UN funded projects.
- Arming Conflict: The Proliferation of Small Arms (Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2007)
- ‘Guns don’t kill people, cyborgs do: a Latourian provocation for transformatory arms control and disarmament,’ in Global Change, Peace and Security. Vol 24(1) Feb 2012: 141-163.
- ‘Controlling the Shadow Trade’ in Contemporary Security Policy, Vol 32 (1), April 2011: 215-240.
- ‘Netwar Geopolitics: Security, Failed States and Illicit Flows’ in British Journal of Politics and International Relations. Vol 13 (4) November 2011: 490-513.
- ‘Securing the Human in Critical Security Studies: The Insecurity of a Secure Ethics’ in European Security, Vol 20 (3): 453-471. (with Dan Bulley)
Chapters in books
- ‘Security Implications of The Arms Trade’ in Craig Snyder (ed), Contemporary Security and Strategy: Third Edition. (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012) (Forthcoming)
- ‘Small Arms and Light Weapons Spread and Conflict’ in Owen Greene and Nic Marsh (eds.) Small Arms, Crime and Conflict: Global Governance and the Threat of Armed Violence, (Routledge, 2011): 29-42.
- ‘Governance and Control of SALW after Armed Conflicts’ in Owen Greene and Nic Marsh (eds.) Small Arms, Crime and Conflict: Global Governance and the Threat of Armed Violence, (Routledge, 2011):183-206. (with Owen Greene)
- ‘Deadly Diversions: Illicit Transfers of Ammunition for Small Arms and Light Weapons,’ in Targeting Ammunition, (Geneva, Small Arms Survey, 2006) (with Ilhan Berkol),
- ‘The Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons,’ pp 155 – 176 in Krahmann, Elke, (Ed), New Threats and New Actors in International Security, (New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)
- ‘Security Sector Reform and the Challenges and Opportunities of the Privatisation of Security,’ in Page, Michael von Tangen, and Lilly, Damian, (eds), Security Sector Reform and the Challenges and Opportunities of the Privatisation of Security, (London, International Alert, 2002)
- ‘Light Weapons and Conflict in Central Africa,’ pp 141 - 159 in Musah, Abdel-Fatau, and Thompson, Niobe, (eds), Over a Barrel: Light Weapons & Human Rights in the Commonwealth, (London, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, 1999)
Co-authored book-length reports
- Survey Report on the Prevalence of Illicit Small Arms in Sri Lanka, (National Commission Against Proliferation of Illicit Small Arms, Colombo. March 2008).
- ‘Action on Small Arms 2006: Assessing Implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms,’ (London, Biting the Bullet/IANSA, 2006)
- ‘International Action on Small Arms 2005: Examining Implementation of the UN Programme of Action,’ (London, IANSA/Biting the Bullet, 2005)
- ‘Implementing the Programme of Action on Small Arms: Action by States and Civil Society: 2003,’ (London, IANSA/Biting the Bullet, 2003)
- ‘SALW and Development TRESA Training Module SAD-06A02 (Bonn, Bonn International Centre for Conversion, 2006)
- ‘Small Arms and Light Weapons Transfer Controls” TRESA Training Module TRA-06A02 (Bonn, Bonn International Centre for Conversion, 2006). ‘Global and Regional Agreements on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Control’ TRESA Training Module GRA-06A02 (Bonn, Bonn International Centre for Conversion, 2006)
- (With Owen Greene) ‘Armed Violence and Conflict Assessments’, a CICS Armed Violence and Poverty Initiative Briefing Paper, March 2005
- (With Malcolm Chalmers et-al), ‘The impact of arms transfers on poverty and development’, CICS Armed Violence and Poverty Initiative Report, September 2004
- (With Owen Greene et-al), ‘Armed violence, governance, security sector reform, and safety security and access to justice,’ a CICS Armed Violence and Poverty Initiative Briefing Paper, September 2004
- (With Jeremy Ginifer and Owen Greene) ‘Considering armed violence in the post-conflict transition: DDR and small arms and light weapons reduction initiatives,’ a CICS Armed Violence and Poverty Initiative Briefing Paper, September 2004
- ‘Conflict Diamonds: Roles, Responsibilities and Responses,’ Department of Peace Studies Working Papers, Fourth Series, Paper 2.1, January 2001
- ‘Light Weapons Flows in the Great Lakes Sub-Region of Central Africa,’ pp 5 – 10 in Greene, Owen; Bourne, Mike; Gardener, Victoria; & Louise, Christopher, Light Weapons and Peacebuilding in Central and East Africa, (London, International Alert, 1998)