Professor Andrew Futter

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  • BA (BHAM), MA (KCL), MRes (BHAM), PhD (BHAM)
  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA)

I joined the Department as a Lecturer in International Politics in January 2012, was promoted to the position of Associate Professor in International Politics in 2014, and to Professor of International Politics in 2020. Prior to this I was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham (where I completed my PhD in 2011) and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick. During 2010, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington DC. From September to December 2015, I was a Visiting Scholar at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California. In Spring 2017, I took up a Fellowship position at the Norwegian Nobel Peace Institute in Oslo. From September 2017 to January 2020 I was Director of Research for Politics and IR.

I am a member of the cyber-nuclear security threats task force run by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, an Honorary Research Fellow in Nuclear Strategy at the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham, and a member of the Euro-Atlantic Security next generation working group.

From July 2020, I will be working on my €1.6m European Research Council-funded "Nuclear Revolution" project.



Politics of nuclear weapons 2nd ed The politics of nuclear weapons, 2nd Ed, (Palgrave, 2020)

Hacking the bomb Hacking the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Cyber Threats and the Incipient Digital Age (Georgetown University Press, 2018)

The Politics of Nuclear Weapons - by Dr Andrew Futter The Politics of Nuclear Weapons (London, SAGE: 2015) 272pp

Ballistic Missile Defence book cover


Ballistic Missile Defence and US National Security: Normalisation and Acceptance after the Cold War (New York & Basingstoke, Routledge: 2013, pb 2015) 230pp

Edited books

Threats to Euro-Atlantic Security Threats to Euro-Atlantic Security, (London, Palgrave: 2019).

The United Kingdom and Nuclear Weapons book cover


The United Kingdom and the Future of Nuclear Weapons (New York, Rowman & Littlefield: 2016) 244pp

Book cover "Reassessing the Revolution in Military Affairs" edited by Dr Andrew Futter

Reassessing the Revolution in Military Affairs: transformation, evolution and lessons learnt (with Jeffrey Collins) (London, Palgrave: 2015) 208pp


Journal articles

Book chapters

  • "Emerging non-nuclear technology and the future of global nuclear order" chapter in The Nobel Peace Institute, "Nuclear Disarmament: A Critical Assessment", (Routledge, 2019)
  • "The proliferation of nuclear weapons: dynamics, threats and challenges for Europe", chapter in Hugo Wyss & Hugo Meijer (eds), "The Handbook of European Armed Forces", (Oxford University Press, 2018)
  • "Chinese nuclear thinking: antecedents, current challenges and future trajectories", in M Kouhi-Esfahani (ed), "Nuclear politics in Asia", (Routledge; 2017) (with James Johnson)
  • "The nuclear deterrence dynamic in Asia", in Harsh V Pant & Ritika Passi, "Raisina Files: Debating the world in the Asian century", (Observer Research Foundation: 2017)

Selected professional publications

  • “Where now for Ballistic Missile Defence: Opportunities and Constraints for the Obama Administration”, World Defence Systems, 12:1 (2009), pp.119-122 (with David Dunn)

I have also written widely for professional and trade publications, including The Conversation, World Politics Review, Argentia, City AM and


My research is primarily concerned with contemporary nuclear weapons issues and how emerging technologies are impacting nuclear strategy, stability and arms control.

I recently completed a a three-year Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Future Research Leader's project looking at the link between cyber weapons and nuclear strategy, and from August 2020 will begin a five-year European Research Council funded project looking at the impact of emerging technology on nuclear order.


I am interested in supervising doctoral projects looking at contemporary nuclear weapons issues.

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