Dr David Blagden
Senior Lecturer in International Security
Dr Blagden has worked in – and subsequently consulted for – the UK Cabinet Office, provided evidence for a number of Parliamentary Select Committees and HM Government policy reviews, and participated in various 'track-two' diplomatic exchanges.
As Academic Lead for the University's research partnership with the UK Ministry of Defence's Development, Concepts, and Doctrine Centre, he is a regular participant in the Chief of Defence Staff's Strategic Forum. He also serves as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords' International Relations and Defence Committee, and has consulted for several other UK/allied government departments/agencies, military commands, think-tanks, private firms, and political campaigns.
In terms of popular media contributions, he has provided television and radio analysis for the likes of the BBC and Bloomberg, been quoted in the UK and US national press, and written for outlets including The Guardian, The Spectator, and the New Statesman.
He is also an officer in the Royal Naval Reserve and, prior to his doctoral study, was an analyst with the London-based economic advisory firm BMI Research (now part of Fitch Group).
Dr Blagden’s scholarly publications have appeared in International Security, the European Journal of International Relations, Security Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Survival, International Affairs, Foreign Policy Analysis, and International Studies Review, among other outlets; he is also the editor (with Mark de Rond) of Games: Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation (Cambridge University Press, 2019).