My research and teaching interests centre on global ethics, critical security studies, normative and critical international relations theory. On an empirical level, I am interested in UK and US foreign policy, human security, UN peacekeeping, and the politics of civilian protection in violent intra-state conflicts.
My recent work has centred on the ways in which cosmopolitan commitments to human security and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) have been translated into the practice of UK and US national militaries. I have explored the ways in which military doctrine, training, organisation and procurement have evolved, over the past 25 years, to help national armed forces perform more effectively in peace operations and the prevention of mass atrocity crimes. This research has been published in a number of leading international journals and forms the basis for my monograph The Cosmopolitan Military: Armed Forces and Human Security in the 21st Century, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.
My current research project explores ideas of good statehood, ethical foreign policy and the challenges of rooting cosmopolitan consciousness within contemporary understandings of national citizenship and everyday societal practices.
In line with my own areas of expertise, I am particualrly interested in supervising PhD projects that relate to:
- Ethics and Foreign Policy
- Applied Cosmopolitanism in World Politics
- The English School of International Relations Theory
- Critical Security Studies
- Human Security
- Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)
- United Nations Peacekeeping
- Militaries and Militarisation in Society
POLI10601: Introduction to International Politics
POLI32132: United States Foreign Policy
POLI71121: Critical Military Studies