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Before entering academia I worked for seven years within the security industry. My PhD in Politics and International Relations was conferred by Newcastle University. Now employed at Northumbria University, I lecture in modules on Terrorism, Genocide, and Governance. I have also written various articles and a monograph on the issues of foreign and defence policy post 9/11.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University, Newcastle


  • 2006 
    Newcastle University, PhD Politics and International Relations
  • 2002 
    Newcastle University, MA Politics (Research)
  • 2001 
    Northumbria University, BA (Hons) European Studies with German


  • 2013
    The challenges of information and communications technologies for transnational efforts at Homeland Security education, Journal of Applied Security Research
  • 2012
    The Precautionary Principle in International Relations: Constructing Foreign and Defense Policy in an Age of Uncertainty,
  • 2012
    Exploring Homeland Security Education across the Atlantic, Journal of Homeland Security Education
  • 2010
    Misleading and dangerous: the use of the precautionary principle in foreign policy debates, Medicine, Conflict and Survival
  • 2009
    Risk assessment, policy-making and the limits of knowledge: the precautionary principle and international relations, International Relations
  • 2008
    The management of risk in foreign and defence policy: the precautionary principle and decisions on war, Medicine, Conflict and Survival
  • 2006
    A precautionary approach to foreign policy? A preliminary analysis of Tony Blair’s speeches on Iraq, British Journal of Politics and International Relations

Grants and Contracts

  • 2009
    Policy project in benchmarking international homeland security education
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    EU/US Atlantis Programme