Teaching

I greatly enjoy teaching and I consider it to be a very important element of academic work.

I am currently lecturing on synthetic biology for the Department of War Studies’ MA in Science & Security, on BWC compliance and verification for the Departments of War Studies & Defence Studies joint MA in Arms Control & International Security, and on critical policy research methods for my own Department’s postgraduate programmes in bioethics, global health, ageing & health policy. I am also lecturing on my Department’s BSc in Global Health & Social Medicine, teaching our students about risk, bioscience and security through case studies on gene drives and potentially pandemic pathogen research.

I have also taught at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels at the London School of Economics and Political Science, University College London, Birkbeck College, and Imperial College London.

I act as my Department’s Dissertation Tutor, looking after the approximately 50 MSc students and 40-50 third year undergraduate students researching and writing their theses every year. I have also had the privilege of supervising a number of doctoral students including Susanna Finlay who is currently completing her thesis ‘Life as Engineerable Matrial: An ethnographic study of synthetic biology’; Alex Hamilton who received his doctorate from the London School of Economics in 2015 for his thesis ‘Governing through Risk: Synthetic biology and the risk management process; and Caitlin Cockerton who received her doctorate from the London School of Economics in 2012 for her thesis ‘Going Synthetic: How scientists and engineers imagine and build a new biology’.

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In addition to my teaching responsibilities at King’s, I am also developing a module on biological weapons for the EU flagship eLearning project on conventional and non-conventional weapons to support distance-learning. The project is led by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt from the network of European non-proliferation and disarmament think tanks, with involvement from the European Security and Defence College.

Occasionally, I give guest lectures. Most recently I gave lectures on biorisk management to the Global Health Security executive programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, on biological weapons at Clare College, Cambridge and on life science governance at the Washington-based Center for Nonproliferation Studies.