Dr Mike Bourne
Senior Lecturer in International Security Studies
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My teaching focuses on theories and practices of international security and international relations. This includes convening and teaching modules on security, terrorism, and conflict issues.
My main research interests relate to security politics and practices drawing particularly on critical security studies, new materialism/post-humanism, and mobilities. My current research projects focus on the role and development of new security technologies, arms and arms control, illicit trafficking and prohibition regimes, and border controls. My recent work has also included substantial work on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) proliferation, illicit trafficking networks (arms, technologies, drugs, etc), wider arms control theory and practice, and security theory.
I am currently Principal Investigator on the RCUK funded project entitled TRUST: Tracing Risk and Uncertainty in Security Technology. This project explores the socio-technical processes of the development of security technologies through inter-disciplinary research. (http://www.esrc.ac.uk/my-esrc/grants/ES.K011332.1/read). It is funded by the ESRC/RCUK under the Science and Security call of the Global Uncertainties Programme (£235,568 FEC).
I am interested in supervising doctoral research in areas such as security theory, arms control and non-proliferation, illicit trafficking, new materialism in international relations, and a wider range of security issues. I currently supervise PhDs on biological weapons control, private military companies, cyber-security, and fear, affect and security.
- Understanding Security (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
- Arming Conflict: The Proliferation of Small Arms (Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2007)
Journal Articles, Book Chapters and Other publications
- ‘International Trafficking in Weapons,’ in Reichel, Phil and Albanese, Jay (eds), Handbook on Transnational Crime and Justice: Second Edition, (Thousand Oaks: SAGE, 2014) 85-100.
- ‘Security Implications of the Arms Trade,’ in Snyder, Craig (ed), Contemporary Security and Strategy: Third Edition, (Basingstoke, Palgrave: 2012) 105-127.
- ‘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.
- ‘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), 2011: 453-471. (with Dan Bulley)
- ‘Controlling the Shadow Trade’ in Contemporary Security Policy, Vol 32 (1), April 2011: 215-240.
- ‘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).
- Survey Report on the Prevalence of Illicit Small Arms in Sri Lanka, (National Commission Against Proliferation of Illicit Small Arms, Colombo. March 2008). (Co-authored)
- Action on Small Arms 2006: Assessing Implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms, (London, Biting the Bullet/IANSA, 2006) (co-authored)
- 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)
- ‘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)
- International Action on Small Arms 2005: Examining Implementation of the UN Programme of Action (London, IANSA/Biting the Bullet, 2005) (co-authored)
- ‘Armed Violence and Conflict Assessments’, a CICS Armed Violence and Poverty Initiative Briefing Paper, March 2005 (With Owen Greene).
- ‘The impact of arms transfers on poverty and development’, CICS Armed Violence and Poverty Initiative Report, September 2004. (With Malcolm Chalmers 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 Owen Greene et-al),
- ‘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. (With Jeremy Ginifer and Owen Greene)
- Implementing the Programme of Action on Small Arms: Action by States and Civil Society: 2003,’ (London, IANSA/Biting the Bullet, 2003) (co-authored)
- ‘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)
- ‘Conflict Diamonds: Roles, Responsibilities and Responses,’ Department of Peace Studies Working Papers, Fourth Series, Paper 2.1, January 2001
- ‘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).
- ‘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).