CGI research covers a range of issues relating to the generation, maintenance and resolution of global insecurities.

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Research Focuses 

CGI engages with a wide range of theoretical perspectives and debates in an interdisciplinary fashion; and CGI researchers have extensive thematic, country and regional expertise. CGI researchers' work ranges across the following research themes:

  • Acts of curating; art of peace
  • Anti-colonial thought and conceptions of the international
  • Arms sales and military cooperation
  • Climate change and ecological crises
  • Colonial violence, dispossession and development
  • Embodied/live experiences of insecurity and war
  • Feminist science and technology studies
  • Gender and sexual based violence
  • Genocide
  • Geopolitics
  • Humanitarianism
  • Imaginaries of liberation
  • Insurgencies, rebel groups and armed groups
  • Militarism, anti- and counter-militarism
  • Political economy of Britain’s relations with Gulf states
  • Politics and sociology of knowledge production
  • Politics of memory
  • Public and global health; biotechnology
  • ‘Race’ and racism
  • Scholarship as civic duty
  • War and armed conflict

We are keen to nurture and promote cutting edge work and to facilitate a vibrant research community. To become part of this community and to inform us about your research, contact centre director, Synne Dyvik: 

Recent articles and books by our members

Ali, N. (2020) Seeing and unseeing Prevent’s racialized borders. Security Dialogue, 51(6):579-596. doi:10.1177/0967010620903238

Ali, N. Whitham B. (2020) Racial capitalism, islamophobia, and austerity

International Political Sociology, 15(2):190-211

Brenner, D. (2019) Rebel Politics: A Political Sociology of Armed Struggle in Myanmar's Borderlands. Cornell University Press

Brenner, D. (2018). Performing Rebellion: Karaoke as a Lens into Political Violence. International Political Sociology, 12(4), 401-417

Brock A, B Sovacool, A Hooks (2021) Volatile Photovoltaics: Green Industrialization, Sacrifice Zones, and the Political Ecology of Solar Energy in Germany. Annals of the American Association of Geographers

Brock A (2020) 'Frack off': Towards an anarchist political ecology critique of corporate and state responses to anti-fracking resistance in the UK. Political Geography

Daoust, G., Dyvik, S.L. (2021). ‘Reconceptualizing Vulnerability and Safeguarding in the Humanitarian and Development Sector’, Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, ONLINE FIRST.

Daoust, G., Dyvik, S.L. (2020). ‘Knowing safeguarding: The Geopolitics of knowledge production in the humanitarian and development sector. Geoforum. 112, June 2020, pp: 96-99.

Evans, S. W., Leese, M., & Rychnovská, D. (2021). Science, technology, security: Towards critical collaboration. Social Studies of Science, 51(2), 189-213

Howell, A. Richter-Montpetit, M. (2020) “Is Securitization Theory Racist? Civilizationism, Methodological Whiteness and Antiblack thought in the Copenhagen School.” Security Dialogue, 51(1): 3-22

Howell, A. Richter-Montpetit, M. (2019) “Racism in Foucaultian Security Studies: Biopolitics, Liberal War and the Whitewashing of colonial and racial violence.” International Political Sociology, 13, 2-19

Ortmann, Stefanie and Whittaker, Nick (2021) Geopolitics and grand strategy. In: Baylis, John, Wirtz, James J and Gray, Colin S (eds.) Strategy in the Contemporary World, 7th edition. Oxford University Press

Ortmann, Stefanie (2020) Spheres of influence. In: Moisio, Sami, Koch, Natalie, Jonas, Andrew E G, Lizotte, Christopher and Luukkonen, Juho (eds.) Handbook on the changing geographies of the state: new spaces of geopolitics. 2020 . Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 313-324. ISBN 9781788978040

Rychnovská, Dagmar (2021) ‘Anticipatory Governance in Biobanking: Security and Risk Management in Digital Health’. Science and Engineering Ethics, 27(3), 1-18

Stavrianakis, A (2020) “Requiem for Risk: Non-knowledge and domination in the governance of weapons circulation,” International Political Sociology, 14(3): 233-251

Stavrianakis, A (2019) “Controlling weapons circulation in a postcolonial militarised world,” Review of International Studies, 45(1): 57-76

Tabar, L and S. Botmeh. (2020). “Real East Development Through Land Grabs: Predatory Accumulation and Precarity in Palestine.” New Political Economy, published online November 2020, 1-14.

Tabar, L. (2017). “From Third World Internationalism to ‘The Internationals’: The Transformation of Solidarity with Palestine.” Third World Quarterly, 38:2, 414-435

Wise, L. (2021). ‘The Genocide-Ecocide Nexus in Sudan: Violent “Development” and the Racial-Spatial Dynamics of (Neo)Colonial-Capitalist Extraction’. Journal of Genocide Research, 23(2): 189-211.

Wise, L. (2017). ‘Social Death and the Loss of a World: An Anatomy of Genocidal Harm in Sudan.’ International Journal of Human Rights, 21(7): 838-865.

Photo credit: Decolonising Development Symposium 2017: Raquel Duron