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 and publish regularly on a wide variety of topics in: national security intelligence; cyber security; the evolution and ethics of contemporary war and political violence; war in space and space security; nuclear politics and transformations in nuclear strategy and non-proliferation regimes; organised crime and the international drug trade; war powers; and the politics of the Northern Ireland conflict. The ISSS division has particular regional expertise in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Division Head

Professor Mark Phythian

Division Members

Dr Joshua Baker Dr Andrew Futter Dr Jess Shahan
Dr Bleddyn Bowen Dr Stephen Hopkins Dr Zakia Shiraz
Dr Helen Dexter Dr Jamie Johnson Dr Kelly Staples
Dr Rob Dover Dr Tara McCormack Dr David Strachan-Morris
Dr Myriam Fotou Dr Akali Omeni 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. More information is available 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.

Details of events planned for academic year 2020-21 will appear here shortly.

Film Club

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.

  • ‘Dawn of the Dead’ – introduced by Dr Jamie Johnson and Dr Jan Vandeburie (23 October 2019)
  • ‘When the wind Blows’ – introduced by Dr Bleddyn Bowen and Dr Andrew Futter (6 November 2019)
  • Miracle on 34th Street introduced by Dr Jamie Johnson (11 December 2019)
  • 'Kingdom of Heaven' – introduced by Dr Jan Vandeburie (12 February 2020)

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Department of Politics and International Relations
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester 
LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2702
Email: HyPIR@le.ac.uk