Harvard Sussex Program
on chemical and biological warfare armament and arms limitation

Caitríona McLeish

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Caitríona McLeish is a Research Fellow with the Harvard Sussex Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in History and Philosophy of Science from University College London and a Masters of Science and Doctorate in Science and Technology Policy from SPRU at the University of Sussex. Her doctoral dissertation examined the issue of dual use technologies in the biological warfare environment and what efforts were made to incorporate industry views into recent negotiations for a strengthened Biological Weapons Convention. An abstract of that work is available here.

McLeish’s research interests focus on the dual use problem in both the chemical and biological warfare environments. This includes analysis of past programmes, especially procurement and acquisition routes, assessments of contemporary dual use CBW policies and examination of the roles played by non traditional security actors, such as industry and global civil society, in chemical and biological disarmament. She is currently leading on a three year project examining how new developments in science and technology are, and might in the future be, reviewed for the Biological Weapons Convention.

McLeish leads in HSP teaching and outreach activities: she supervises Masters and Doctoral students writing dissertations in the area of dual use and/or risk, is responsible for HSP's awareness-raising seminar course "Bioterrorism, germ warfare? What's it got to do with me?" and was a co-organiser of the research seminar series New Approaches to WMD Proliferation. She is also responsible for the Sussex Harvard Information Bank (SHIB) which is a systematic information bank built up from published and unpublished documentation on CBW accumulated since the early 1960s. Held at Sussex SHIB, it now occupies nine bays of archive stacks and other space at the Freeman Centre - about 230 metres of shelving in all.


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