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This blog is written by experts in Security and Geopolitics from Royal Holloway, University of London, one of the leading centres of geopolitical research in the UK. This will be a site for us to share the results of our research, and a place for us to comment on latest global events. We welcome your feedback on any of our stories.


Professor Klaus Dodds researches in the areas of geopolitics, media and the international governance of the Antarctic and the Arctic. He has published many books (sole authored and co-edited) including The Ashgate Companion to Critical Geopolitics (Ashgate 20120, The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press 2012), Spaces of Security and Insecurity (Ashgate 2009), Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2007), Global Geopolitics: A Critical Introduction (Pearson Education, 2005) and Pink Ice: Britain and the South Atlantic Empire (I B Tauris, 2002). His next books will involve two publications on the contemporary geopolitics of the Polar Regions (Polity and Edward Elgar) and another on International Politics and Film (Columbia University Press) working with Mark Nuttall, Richard Powell and Sean Carter respectively.

paProfessor Peter Adey researches at the interface of mobility, space and security, focusing on the airport-border, air and verticality, and the spaces of emergency. He has published several books and research papers including Mobility (Routledge 2009); Aerial Life: spaces, mobilities, affects (Wiley-Blackwell 2010), the forthcoming books: Air (Reaktion); Handbook of Mobilities (eds, Routledge) and From Above (eds, Hurst) among others. Peter is the Director of a new MSc programme in Geopolitics & Security which was launched by Royal Holloway in September 2012. Further details can be found here.

AlasdairPinkerton Dr Alasdair Pinkerton is a Lecturer in Geography and Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research principally focuses on issues relating to international communications, conceptions of public/cultural diplomacy (what Joesph Nye has termed ‘soft power’), while critically addressing the strategic redeployment of international broadcasting resources post-9/11. Working with Klaus Dodds, I have also developed research into the origins of, so called, ‘communications research’ in the Cold War United States.

Arctic Phil VerycroppedProfessor Phil Steinberg researches the historical, ongoing, and, at times, fanciful projection of state power and social imagination onto spaces whose geophysical and geographic characteristics make them resistant to state territorialization, including the world-ocean, the internet, and the Arctic. His authored and co-authored a (U of Georgia Press, 2008).  His next book will be Contesting the Arctic: Rethinking Politics in the Circupublications include The Social Construction of the Ocean (Cambridge UP, 2001), Managing the Infosphere: Governance, Technology, and Cultural Practice in Motion (Temple UP, 2008), and What Is a City? Rethinking the Urban after Hurricane Katrinmpolar North (under contract with IB Tauris). Phil was at Royal Holloway as a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow through to the end of 2013, and, following 16 years at Florida State joins Durham University in the Department of Geography. Phil is also acting director of the International Boundaries Research Unit.


Duncan Depledge is a PhD student at Royal Holloway researching the changing  geopolitics of the Arctic with a specific focus on the implications for UK maritime security, energy security and scientific research. He is funded by an ESRC-CASE studentship with the Royal United Services Institute, a leading defence and security thinktank based in Whitehall, London.


Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander is a PhD student in Political Geography at Royal Holloway University of London with particular interests in materiality, identity and place. Prior to embarking on the PGR journey, she earned an MSc . in Geopolitics and Security, also at RHUL. In a former life, she was a Director in the software business for fifteen years with experience in both technical and product management roles. She was inevitably bored by software, but believes the study of politics, power and place will never be dull.

IMG_0406 (6)Rachael Squire is an ESRC funded PhD student in Geopolitics and Security at Royal Holloway. Prior to this she gained a Masters in Geopolitics and Security whilst working for a British MP. Her research interests include the concept of territorial volume, underwater geopolitics, military diving and undersea habitats.




Pip Thornton is an EPSRC funded PhD student in Geopolitics and Cybersecurity. She holds BA degrees in History and Politics (Liverpool) and English Literature (Open University), and a Masters in English from King’s College London (KCL). Prior to entering full-time academia in 2013, Pip spent fifteen years as a Metropolitan police officer and was also a reservist soldier, serving with the Royal Artillery in Iraq in 2003. Her research interests are in military geographies and in the agencies and implications of search algorithms.





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