Department of Social Sciences

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  • 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.

    It brings together researchers and scholars who work in these areas 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

    Core members

    • Dr Chrissie Steenkamp (convenor)
    • Dr Dan Bulley, Reader in International Relations
    • Dr Michael Lister, Reader in Politics 

    Activities during Semester 1, 2017-18 

    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.