I am an academic researcher focused on security and governance aspects of emerging technologies in the life sciences. I am particularly interested in contemporary and historical understandings of the threat of biological weapons, bioterrorism and the strategic use of infection in conflict.
Originally trained in human sciences, I switched to sociology for my doctoral work, and spent the first ten years of my career at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the United Kingdom’s leading social science research university with an unrivalled concentration of social, political, legal and economic expertise. In 2012, I joined King’s College London as part of the team establishing the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, a cutting-edge department carrying out leading research on some of the biggest global health challenges facing the world today.
My work is theoretically driven, empirically informed and policy-relevant. It draws on a range of methods from participant observation, interviews and documentary analysis, to archival research, database searches and statistical analysis. I am committed to rigorous and responsible research that contributes to addressing the significant social, political and security challenges of developments in the life sciences. Responding to these challenges rarely involve simple, reductive or straightforward answers; and so I embrace interdisciplinary perspectives and learning, as well as collaborative research.