Director of the School of Government, Plymouth University

Professor Graeme P. Herd is founding Director of the School of Government and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Business, Plymouth University, which he joined in September 2013. The School of Government has four degree programmes – Politics, International Relations, Public Services and Sociology – with 443 undergraduate and postgraduate students and approximately 32 Faculty.

From 2005-2013 Professor Herd was an international faculty member at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), where he served as Co-Director of its International Training Course in Security Policy and Master of Advanced Studies, accredited by the University of Geneva. Before moving to the GCSP in 2005, he was appointed Professor of Civil-Military Relations at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (2002-2005) and a non-resident Associate Fellow of the International Security Programme, Chatham House (2004-2007). Prior to this he was Lecturer in International Relations at both the University of Aberdeen (1997-2002), where he was Deputy Director of the Scottish Centre for International Security (formerly Centre for Defence Studies) and Staffordshire University (1994-97) and a Projects Officer, Department of War Studies, King's College London (1993-94). During his doctoral studies on seventeenth century Russian military and diplomatic history he studied at the Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (1991-1992) as a British Council Scholar.

His own teaching and research interests have focused on diverse aspects of Russian foreign and security policy and Great Power relations. During his 21-year academic career he has written or edited nine books, written over 70 academic papers and has given over 100 academic and policy-related presentations in 46 countries. Recent major publications include: Graeme P. Herd and John Kriendler (eds.), Understanding NATO in the 21st Century: Alliance Strategies, Security and Global Governance. (London and New York: Routlege, 2013), pp. 256; Nayef Al-Rodhan, Graeme P. Herd and Lisa Watanabe, Critical Turning Points in the Middle East, 1915-2015. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011, pp. 272; Graeme P. Herd (ed.), Great Powers and Strategic Stability in the 21st Century: Competing Visions of World Order. London: Routledge, 2010, pp. 256; Paul Dukes, Graeme P. Herd, and Jarmo Kotilaine. Stuarts and Romanovs: The Rise and Fall of a Special Relationship. Dundee: Dundee University Press, 2009, pp. 262; Anne Aldis and Graeme P. Herd (eds.). The Ideological War on Terror: Worldwide Strategies for Counter-Terrorism. London: Routledge, 2007, pp. 285; Tuomas Forsberg and Graeme P. Herd. Divided West: European Security and the Transatlantic Relationship. Chatham House papers. Oxford: Chatham House, 2006, pp. 186.


  • –present
    Director of the School of Government, Plymouth University


  • 1995 
    University of Aberdeen, PhD in Russian History