Intelligence, Security and Strategic Studies (ISSS)

The Intelligence, Security and Strategic Studies (ISSS) brings together a range of scholars from across the field of international studies whose research responds to the most pressing issues and challenges in contemporary global politics.

Members work on a variety of topics, including: the politics of citizenship, migration and asylum; the evolution and ethics of contemporary war and political violence; organised crime and the international drug trade; transformations in nuclear strategy and non-proliferation regimes; approaches to understanding intelligence and cyber-security in an insecure world.



Dr Joshua Baker

Dr Helen Dexter

Dr Rob Dover

Dr Haian Dukhan

Dr Myriam Fotou

Dr Andrew Futter

Dr Stephen Hopkins

Dr Jamie Johnson

Dr Tara McCormack

Dr Jon Moran

Professor Mark Phythian

Dr Zakia Shiraz

Dr Kelly Staples

Dr Alex Waddan

MA Degree Programmes

The ISSS has a series of affiliated postgraduate taught programmes that reflect the diversity of research and teaching expertise within the research group.


Doctoral Research

The ISSS is also home to a vibrant postgraduate research community. We warmly welcome applications for doctoral research linked to the research areas outlined above. Click the links for more information on the Department’s campus-based and distance learning PhD programmes.


Events and Workshops

The ISSS organises a series of events that provide staff, as well as postgraduate and undergraduate students an opportunity to develop, collaborate and reflect upon world-leading research.


The Global Challenges Seminar Series invites a range of leading scholars, policy-makers and practitioners who speak to the core themes of the research group. If you are interested in participating in this speaker series then please contact Dr Jamie Johnson.

Previous invited speakers to the ISSS have included: Air Chief Marshall Sir Brian Burridge, Professor Paul Cammack (University of Manchester), Professor Paul Jackson (University of Birmingham), Dr Sam Raphael (co-founded of the Rendition Project), Professor Paul Rogers (University of Bradford).


The Global Challenges Working Paper Series is designed to provide a platform for scholars to share work-in-progress within the research group.

  • Dr Zakia Shiraz (29 November 2017)


The Global Challenges Workshop Series provides a forum for staff and students to respond to unfolding events or debates of significant scholarly and public interest. The following workshops are to be hosted in the academic year 2017/18:

  • ‘The North Korea nuclear crisis’ – with Dr Joshua Baker, Dr Helen Dexter, Dr Andrew Futter and Dr Jamie Johnson (18 October 2017)
  • ‘The politics of the Poppy Appeal’ with Dr Matthew Allen, Dr Helen Dexter, Dr Stephen Hopkins and Dr Jamie Johnson (15 November 2017)
  • ‘A year of Trump’ - with Dr Marianna Charountaki, Dr Tara McCormack, Dr Alex Waddan and Dr Jamie Johnson (21 March 2018)

Previous workshops have been hosted on issues such as ‘Perspectives on the Refugee Crisis in Europe’ and ‘New Labour: A Retrospective’.


Shoot! is a politics and film club in which staff and students come together to reflect upon the relationship between popular culture and politics. Each film is introduced by a guest speaker with related research expertise and the screening is followed by in-depth discussion and debate.

  • ‘Eye in the Sky’ – introduced by Dr Elke Schwarz (24 October 2017)
  • ‘City of God’ – introduced by Dr Zakia Shiraz (21 November 2017)
  • Miracle on 34th Street introduced by Dr Jamie Johnson (12 December 2017)

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Department of Politics and International Relations
University of Leicester
University Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2702