Dr Bleddyn Bowen

Lecturer in International Relations

Dr Bleddyn Bowen 2

Contact Details

  • Feedback and Support Times (Semester 2, 2020-21): By appointment only
  • Dissertation Hour (Semester 2, 2020-21): By appointment only
  • Personal Website: The Astropolitcs Research Portal


I am an expert in space warfare, space policy, and international relations in outer space. I also specialise in strategic theory and military thought. In 2020 my book War in Space: Strategy, Spacepower, Geopolitics was published by Edinburgh University PressYou can watch the launch event here. I have also published in several academic journals, and written many editorials, blogs, and ‘opeds’ on space policy and strategy. I speak, present, and brief frequently to UK and international audiences on these matters as well, including the NATO Engages Summit in 2019, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Royal College of Defence Studies, the Royal United Services Institute, the US Department of Defense, the UK Ministry of Defence, and the UK Parliament to name a few. I am very active in teaching our undergraduate and postgraduate community, from the BA level through to PhD, both campus based and Distance Learning.

I am the Postgraduate Teaching Director for the School’s campus MA programmes in International Relations. I am also a Deputy Director for our Distance Learning MA programme. Information on our MA offerings can be found here, or please email me or pgadmissions@leicester.ac.uk to ask for more details

My primary research interests concern modern warfare, politics, and security in outer space, as well as classical strategic theory. I provide research-led teaching in my 3rd year specialist module PL3144 Politics and War in Outer Space. You can watch the introductory video here. I introduce students to contemporary history, strategy, global politics, and the conduct of international relations in first year module PL1015 The Global Cold War: International Relations 1945-1989. I also take a more ‘casual’ academic interest in 18-19th century international and military history and the conduct and study of strategy in general, and provide additional teaching support throughout the School.

I communicate often with industry and policy communities in the UK space and defence sectors, and have appeared before the UK Parliament’s Exiting the EU Select Committee to provide evidence on the impact of Brexit on UK space policy and the UK’s involvement in EU space projects. I have also appeared before the UK Parliament’s Defence Select Committee to brief MPs about the role of spacepower in UK defence policy. I have appeared on many media outlets, such as Sky News, BBC Radio 4, 5 Live, Radio Cymru, Radio Wales, S4C, Radio FM4 (Austria), and ARTE TV to provide expert analysis on modern warfare and security issues in both Welsh and English languages. I have been quoted as an expert in space policy in numerous print and online outlets such as The Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Economist, CNBC, Le Monde, Wired, The Register, Space News, and Politico. I have also featured as a guest on the podcasts Defense One, Brexit Unspun, Space Rocks, The Dead Prussian, and The Space Show, and write a regular column for SpaceWatch Global.

Before joining HyPIR at Leicester in January 2018, I was a Lecturer in Defence Studies at the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London, which is embedded at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham. Prior to that, I was a Teaching Fellow at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, where I also studied for my various degrees. During my PhD at Aberystwyth University I was also a Visiting Scholar at the Space Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. in Spring 2014.

Media Requests

If you are a journalist, broadcaster, or media researcher and would like to arrange an expert interview or media appearance for your item or news story, please email me at my address above. I can provide interviews in both Welsh and English on areas including but not limited to:

- American, British, Chinese, European space policy
- Space warfare, military space services (e.g. space force)
- Space arms control
- The politics of space debris, space mining, resource sharing in space
- Missile defence, nuclear weapons
- Military doctrine and theory
- High-technology conventional warfare

Research Interests and doctoral supervision

These are my core research interests. Prospective PhD students may request supervision in these areas.
• Spacepower theory
• Space warfare
• Space security
• Space policy
• Strategic theory/Military philosophy
• Modern Warfare and Strategy. In particular nuclear strategy, precision-strike warfare, and maritime strategy


  • PhD, International Politics, Aberystwyth University (funded by the ESRC)
  • MScEcon, Security Studies, Aberystwyth University (funded by the ESRC)
  • MScEcon, Strategic Studies, Aberystwyth University
  • BScEcon, International Politics, Aberystwyth University
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Teaching

    PL3144 Politics and War in Outer Space (watch the introductory video here!)

    PL1015 Cold War, Crisis, and Confrontation: International Relations 1945-1989

    PL1016 Order and Disorder: International Relations 1989-today

    PL7000 MA Dissertation (campus)

    PL7503 MA Dissertation (Distance Learning)


    •(2020) War in Space: Strategy, Spacepower, Geopolitics (Edinburgh University Press)

    •(2020) ‘Neither a silver bullet nor a distraction: Economic warfare in seapower theory’, in David Morgan-Owen and Louis Halewood, eds. Economic Warfare and the Sea: Grand Strategy for Maritime Powers 1650-1945 (Liverpool University Press)

    •(2020, forthcoming) with Andrew Futter, ‘A Perfect Storm? Coronavirus, Brexit, the Integrated Review, Scottish Separatism and the Future of Trident’, RUSI Journal

    •(2019) ‘Space Oddities: Law, War, and the Proliferation of Spacepower,’ in Ernst Dijxhoorn and James Gow, ed., Law, War, and 21st Century Technologies (Routledge)

    •(2019) ‘From the sea to outer space: The command of space as the foundation of spacepower theory’, Journal of Strategic Studies 42:3-4 (first online in 2017)

    •(2018) ‘The RAF and Space Doctrine: A Second Century and a Second Space Age’, RUSI Journal
    (2018) ‘British security strategy and outer space: a missing link?’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations

    •(2014) ‘Cascading Crises: Orbital Debris and the Widening of Space Security’, Astropolitics: The International Journal of Space Politics & Policy

    •Other published works, including editorials, can be found on my personal website, here.


    •SpaceWatch Global, Columnist
    •United Nations Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) Project Group on Space and Cyber Security, Advisor
    •British International Studies Association (BISA), Member
    •International Studies Association (ISA), Member
    •The Space Policy Institute, George Washington University, Visiting Scholar (Spring 2014)
    •Security Research Group, Aberystwyth University, Convenor (2012-2015)

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