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Reader in Security, University of Leicester

My research interests lie in the area of security studies, an interest which grew from work on political development and democratisation. I am interested in the continuing power of the state in the international system and specifically in the role of the state and military and intelligence agencies both domestically and internationally. I am also interested in issues of intelligence and security accountability. I remain interested in other areas of security and state power including the effect of democratisation on the state (including the role of intelligence agencies before and after democratisation) and types and patterns of elite corruption. I have conducted field research with police and security agencies and civil society activists in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, South Africa and East Asia. My latest book is ‘From Northern Ireland to Iraq: British Military Intelligence Operations, Ethics and Human Rights’ which covers the role of army intelligence and special forces since the 1970s.


  • 2010–present
    Reader in Security Studies, University of Leicester


  • 2002 
    University of Newcastle, PhD Politics


  • 2013
    From Northern Ireland to Afghanistan. British Military Intelligence Operations, Ethics and Human Rights,