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Dr Brighton researches the field of relations between armed conflict, identity and society. He has written on the philosophy and sociology of war, terrorism and counterterrorism and contemporary strategic debates. This work has particular relevance for understanding how societal dynamics relate to armed forces and foreign, defence and security policy.

With Professor Tarak Barkawi (LSE) Dr Brighton has sought to develop ‘critical war studies’ as an interdisciplinary field including military history, political sociology and postcolonial theory.

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Dr Brighton is open to PhD applications in the fields of; 

  • Critical war studies
  • Sociological and postcolonial approaches to armed conflict
  • Society, identity and security
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  • Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs). Member; Associate Fellow, 2002-2008; Researcher, 2006-2007.
  • Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. Researcher, 2004-2005.
  • ESRC Programme, ‘Domestic Management of Terrorist Attacks’. Researcher, 2002-2004. 


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Critical Military Studies

Critical War Studies at Hurst

Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research 

Research students

PhD Title: ‘Marketing, Messaging and the Jihadi threat in 21st century Europe’.

Name: Anna Kruglova
Years of Study: 1
Country: Russia



Alumni: where are they now?

Althea Maria Rivas

PhD Title: Revisiting the security-development nexus: a critical analysis of the international intervention in Afghanistan.

Years of Study: 3
Country: Canada
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, York University

Thomas Christopher Martin

PhD Title: Prevent: the preclusive identity politics of British counter-radicalisation policy 2001-2015.

Years of Study: 3
Country: UK
Current position: Lecturer in International Relations, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

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