Professor Timothy Edmunds

Professor Timothy Edmunds

Professor Timothy Edmunds
Professor of International Security

1.10, 4 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 3310574

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

BA (hons) Peace Studies, University of Bradford 1994. Phd, University of Sheffield 1999. ESRC Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham 1999-2000; ESRC Research Fellow and Lecturer at King's College, London, and the Joint Services Command and Staff College 2000-03; Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 2002-03. Lecturer at Bristol from 2003. Senior Lecturer from August 2006. Reader from August 2009. Professor from August 2012.


I am Professor of International Security and Director of the Global Insecurities Centre  in SPAIS, and founding Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of International Security  for Cambridge University Press and the British International Studies Association (BISA). I am also Co-Director of the SafeSeas Network, with Christian Bueger. My work addresses issues of security sector reform, civil-military relations and capacity building, with a recent focus on the maritime environment. My current research focuses on responses to transnational organised crime at sea. I have published on these themes in journals including Cooeperation and Conflict, International Affairs, Survival, Armed Forces and Society, Europe-Asia Studies, and the Journal of Democracy, and authored or edited ten books. These include British Foreign Policy and the National Interest (2014), Out of Step: The Case for Change in the British Armed Forces (2007), and Security Sector Reform in Transforming Societies (2007). 

Current and recent grants

  • ESRC (ES/S008810/1), Transnational Organised Crime at Sea: New Evidence for Better Responses, £433,336. Principle Investigator. 1 Jan. 2019-31 Dec. 2021. 
  • British Academy (GF160017), Safe Seas: A Study of Maritime Capacity Building in the Western Indian Ocean, £264,414. Co-Investigator. November 2016-March 2018.  
  • Horizon 2020, Preventing and Responding to Conflict: Developing EU Civilian Capabilities for a Sustainable Peace (EU-CIVCAP), €1,714,976. Co-Investigator. December 2015-November 2018. 
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship for Dr Filip Ejdus, Local Ownership in EU Security Sector Reform Missions, €183,455. Principle Investigator. October 2015-September 2017. 
  • ESRC (ES/L012944/1), Keeping Enough in Reserve: The Employment of Hybrid Citizen-Soldiers and the Future Reserves 2020 Programme, Co-I with Woodward, R. Higate, P. and Jenkins, N. £296,620. March 2014-March 2018. 


 Journal articles (selected)

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