Department of Social Sciences

  • Critical Security Studies

    The Critical Security Studies (CSS) research group focuses on issues related to traditional security (such as the proliferation, management and resolution of armed conflict) and non-traditional security concerns (including transnational organised crime; terrorism; human security and the everyday spaces and practices of security). The group is particularly interested in the intersections between traditional and non-traditional security and encourages interdisciplinary knowledge-exchange and approaches to the conceptualisation and management of security challenges.


    Core aims

    CSS brings together researchers and scholars who work in the  broad areas of its remit with the aim of:

    • presenting and reviewing work-in-progress by group members or guests
    • commenting on grant applications in progress
    • hosting reading groups
    • generating external grant applications
    • generating internal funding bids to hold events and/or workshops
    • fostering co-operation with external partners


    Work-in-progress presentations:

    • October 2017: Dr Dan Bulley: Ethics at the airport border: flowing and dwelling in securitised space
    • December  2017: Dr Chrissie Steenkamp: The international implications of narcotics in the Syrian civil war 

    Planning of a workshop on ethics and responsibilities of aid workers in emergency situations. More information soon

    Core members

    • Dr Dan Bulley, Reader in International Relations
    • Dr Saipira Furstenberg, Lecturer in Politics
    • Dr Michael Lister, Reader in Politics
    • Dr Tina Managhan, Senior Lecturer in International Relations
    • Dr Chrissie Steenkamp, Senior Lecturer in Social and Political Change (convenor)
  • Contact GPES

    Department of Social Sciences

    +44 (0)1865 483752

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