This blog is written by experts in Geopolitics and Security 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 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.
Professor Klaus Dodds researches popular geopolitics, and the international governance of the Antarctic and the Arctic. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship holder (2017-2020). He has published many books (sole authored and co-edited): Ice: Nature and Culture (University of Chicago Press/Reaktion 2018), co-edited Handbook on the Politics of the Antarctic (Edward Elgar 2017) and Geographies, Genders and Geopolitics of James Bond (Palgrave 2017). His next book with be co-authored with Mark Nuttall and entitled The Arctic: What Everyone Needs to Know (OUP 2019). He is Director of Research and REF 2021 Lead for the Department of Geography.
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.
Dr. Rachael Squire is a Lecturer in Human Geography with a particular focus on Political Geography. Her research interests include the geopolitics of territory, terrain, extreme spaces (with a particular interest in the ocean), and earth/after-earth futures. Rachael teaches on courses including Political Geography and Oceans: people, place, politics. Beyond academia, Rachael has undertaken consultancy work with the Ministry of Defence and Government Office for Science.
Dr. Anna Jackman is a Lecturer in Political Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. Anna’s research explores technologized military practice (focusing in particular on remote control warfare), and technological mobilities, visibilities, and futures more widely. Anna leads a third year undergraduate module entitled Remote control: Geographies of contemporary warfare, and runs, with Dr. Rachael Squire, a second year undergraduate module on Political Geography.
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.
Nick Robinson is an EPSRC funded PhD student in Geopolitics and Cybersecurity. Nick’s research is primarily grounded in Estonia, focusing on the multitude of digital technologies its government have started to employ since the regaining of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Exploring initiatives such as Estonian e-Residency, the government’s use of blockchain technology, and now the utilisation of ‘data embassies’, Nick’s work aims to develop a greater understanding of the impact these technologies have on our traditional conceptualisations of the nation-state, border and embassy.
Laura Shipp is an EPSRC funded PhD student in Geopolitics and Cybersecurity. Her current research interests are in cyber security and feminist geopolitics and the way these two research areas can intersect and interact with one another. In particular, Laura is interested in emerging reproductive technologies and the political issues they raise.
Alex Hardy is a Leverhulme Trust PhD student in Geopolitics and Security. Alex’s PhD research is interdisciplinary, based in both the Geopolitics and Information Security departments. He is interested in everyday cyber securities, and how social, cultural and (geo)political differences shape public cyber security concerns and narratives.
Nicola Wendt is a second-year PhD student and part of the interdisciplinary Magna Carta Doctoral Centre for Individual Freedom, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Having a strong interest in Indigenous Rights and Arctic Geopolitics, Nicola‘s PhD project focuses on political identity formation in the digital public sphere of Greenland. Using Community Based Participatory Action Research Methods, Nicola’sresearch investigates the intersection of the digital and the social, looking at how technology-induced transitions are negotiated against a backdrop of historic and contemporary inequalities.
Christopher J. Stewart is a Project Manager at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, responsible for the delivery of innovative models that combine expertise from the technology, communications and marketing, and academic sectors to ‘upskill and upscale’ the civic response to online hate and extremism. Christopher has an expertise in research focussed on the effectiveness of counterspeech and civil society efforts to challenge hate speech and extremism. Christopher’s most recent publications include: The Impact of Counter-Narratives, exploring the effect of online counter-narrative content, following a year-long cross-platform pilot study conducted in cooperation with Google; and an article on lone actor terrorism in the Chatham House journal The World Today. Christopher holds a Masters in Geopolitics & Security and a Joint Honors Bachelor in Geography, Politics and International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London.