Research

My research interests are in the politics and ethics of security, with further interests in energy security, climate politics, and China.

My current research is grouped under three main related themes:

The Energy Security Paradox

This work investigates the politics and ethics of energy security, with a focus on the United States and China. It draws on critical approaches to security to understand how energy is constructed as a security issue by key actors, both in discourse and in policy practice. I’m particularly interested in contestation over the meaning of energy security, and what attaching security ‘does’ to energy. This is the focus of my forthcoming book, titled The Energy Security Paradox: Rethinking Energy (In)security in the United States and China, which is in production and scheduled for publication in April 2018 with Oxford University Press. I have also published three articles on different aspects of this work.

The Politics and Ethics of Security

I’m also interested in how we can theorise the politics and ethics of security more broadly, going beyond energy security. This has developed into further projects, including a co-edited book on Ethical Security Studies and an article on the value of security, published in Review of International Studies.

Chinese foreign and security policy

Drawing both on my previous research on Chinese energy security politics, and on my broader interests in the politics of security, I am in the early stages of a new major research project on Chinese security politics, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. I’m particularly interested in ‘Chinese’ constructions of security and current debates in Chinese IR.