PhD Studentships in Geopolitics, Cyber Security and Society at Royal Holloway

logoRoyal Holloway is pleased to announce a number of 4 year PhD studentships in Geopolitics, Cyber Security and Society (see subject areas below).

The studentships are intended to develop research capacity and training in cyber security research, including public understandings of cyber security vulnerabilities and threats in specific geopolitical, economic and cultural contexts. Interested applicants should be cognisant of cyber security discourses, practices and technologies in relation to broader conceptualisations of geopolitics and security, the political and ethical concerns that might pertain to them, as well as areas of critical theory.

The studentships are funded through the recently established Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security at Royal Holloway ( and a new collaboration between Geography and the college’s world renowned Information Security Group (

The collaboration builds on a burgeoning interdisciplinary Geopolitics and Security research cluster between Geography, Criminology, Politics and International Relations and Biological Sciences as well as two successful postgraduate programmes in the form of the MSc in Geopolitics and Security and the MSc in Information Security.

The studentships will undergo 1 year of research training before embarking on a 3 year doctoral studies programme. It is expected that some period of time will be spent working with outside partners and research stakeholders in industry, government or the public sector.  The studentships will be an ideal opportunity for those interested in cyber security and related areas to develop their future career. The studentships are only available on a full-time basis.

Applicants should identify the particular project area that aligns most closely with their research interests. Along with an updated cv, candidates should apply with a 1 page covering letter explaining how their interests relate to that theme, and how they envisage pursuing it within a three year doctoral research project.

Recommended Subject Areas

  • Hacking, Wikileaks and Forms of Cyberprotest
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy, Discrimination and the Civil Snoopers Charter
  • Techno-Orientalism: The geographies of cyber-insecurity
  • Critical Infrastructures: Public understandings of cyber-security
  • Keeping Britain Safe: Cybersecurity and British Security Policy
  • Cybersecurity and the Global South: Drivers and Trends
  • Homeland Security: Social media and emerging forms of extremism


Interested applicants should send their CV and the 1 page covering letter to by Friday 28th June. Expressions of interest and further queries should be directed to either Professor Peter Adey, Professor Klaus Dodds or Dr Alasdair Pinkerton

Applicants will be informed of their shortlisting by Friday 19th July and invited for interview or telephone interview before Monday 29th July. The successful candidates will be expected to begin in September 2013, and will be supervised by staff within the Geography department, with an adviser in Information Security, although this depends on the nature of the project.

The number of studentships to be awarded will depend on the calibre of candidates and their project idea. Candidates who have or are expecting to obtain a first class honours degree or a masters degree (distinction) are especially encouraged to apply. To qualify, the full studentships are available to UK residents only.




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