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Associate Professor, School of Security Studies, King's College London

Dr David B Roberts joined the Defence Studies Department in October 2013 and is the theme lead in the School of Security Studies for Regional Security and Development. In addition to these roles at King’s, Dr Roberts is Adjunct Faculty at Science Po’s Paris School of International Affairs, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute Washington. Prior to moving to King’s, Dr Roberts was the Director of the Qatar office of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI Qatar). He obtained his PhD from Durham University.

Research Interests
Dr Roberts’ primary research interest focuses on comparative politics, international relations, security, and defence matters on and around the Arabian Peninsula. Current projects include a monograph putting contemporary changes in the Gulf monarchies into historical perspective, examining how the monarchies develop military capabilities, analysing the role ontological security concerns play in regional relations, and exploring how concepts of national security are shifting on the Peninsula.


  • –present
    Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer School of Security Studies lead for Regional Security and Development , King's College London