Dr Columba Peoples

Dr Columba Peoples

Dr Columba Peoples
Senior Lecturer in International Relations

M.01, 4 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 33 11075

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

Lecturer at Swansea University (2006-2008); Lecturer at the University of Bristol (2008-2012); Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol  (2012-present).


My primary research interests are in Critical Security Studies, Critical Theory, and technology and international relations. Within this I focus in particular on how narratives of technological development are employed within the issue areas of nuclear security, ballistic missile defence and space security.


My teaching expertise encompasses the study of the study of international security, critical approaches to security and international theory. I am particularly interested in getting students to think critically about the way key issues in international politics and security are conceptualized and framed, and the practical and theoretical implications that follow. I currently teach the MSc unit 'Security Governance' and 3rd year undergraduate unit 'Critical Security Studies'.


Key publications

  1. Peoples, C, 2010, ‘Justifying Ballistic Missile Defence: Technology, Security and Culture’. Cambridge University Press
  2. Peoples, C, 2011, ‘The Securitization of Outer Space: Challenges for Arms Control’. Contemporary Security Policy, vol 32., pp. 76 - 98
  3. Peoples, C & Vaughan-Williams, N, 2010, ‘Critical Security Studies: An Introduction’. Routledge
  4. Peoples, C, 2008, ‘Assuming the Inevitable? Overcoming the Inevitability of Outer Space Weaponization and Conflict’. Contemporary Security Policy, vol 29., pp. 502 - 520

Latest publications

  1. Peoples, C, 2019, ‘Life in the nuclear age: Classical realism, critical theory and the technopolitics of the nuclear condition’. Journal of International Political Theory, vol 15., pp. 279-296
  2. Peoples, C, 2018, ‘Extra-terrestrial Technopolitics: The politics of technology in space’. in: Daniel R McCarthy (eds) Technology and World Politics : An Introduction. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 182
  3. Peoples, C, 2016, ‘Envisioning ‘Global Security’? The Earth Viewed from Space as a Motif in Security Discourses’. in: Rens van Munster, Casper Sylvest (eds) The Politics of Globality since 1945: Assembling the Planet. Routledge, pp. 164-187
  4. Peoples, CL, 2016, ‘Redemption and Nutopia: The Scope of Nuclear Critique in International Studies’. Millennium, vol 44., pp. 216-235
  5. Peoples, C & Nick, V-W, 2015, ‘Critical Security Studies: An Introduction (2nd edition)’. Routledge

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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