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Dr Bourne’s research focuses on a wide range of security issues. He is interested in critical security theories, and the relations of materiality, technology, and violence. His work has engaged issues of arms control (from small arms to nuclear weapons), illicit trafficking, border control, and technology development.

At present his work particularly engages the intersections of sensor technologies and security practices; and theoretical work related to a range of new materialist and process-relational philosophies.

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I am open to PhD applications in the fields of…

  • Weapons politics and arms control
  • Materialities of violence and security
  • Border control
  • Surveillance and sensory politics
  • Critical security theories
  • New materialism, Science and Technology and post-humanisms
  • Interdisciplinary projects
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  •  Dr Bourne has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several RCUK funded projects, and on collaborative projects with colleagues in other universities around Europe.



Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

School Of History, Anthropology, Philosophy And Politics 


Research students

PhD Title: Programming Security Ethics in Cyber-Physical Systems

Name: Konstantin Macher
Years of Study: 2
Country: Germany

PhD Title: Development Efforts to Increase Security and Emancipation to End Female Radicalization

Name: Kathryn Mitchell
Years of Study: 2
Country: USA

PhD Title: Wildlife Security: A posthumanist analysis of violence, surveillance and care in South African poaching and Conservation.

Name: Emma-Louise Fletcher-Barnes
Years of Study: 3

Alumni: where are they now?

Name: Dr Leonie Tanczer

PhD Title: Hacking (In)security: Discourses and Practices of Politics, Technology and Activism

Years of Study: 2016
Country: Here
Current position: Lecturer in International Security and Emerging Technologies, University College London.


PhD Title: Here 

Years of Study: 2
Country: Here
Current position: Here

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