Professor Timothy Edmunds

Professor Timothy Edmunds

Professor Timothy Edmunds
Professor of International Security

1.10, 4 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 3310574

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

ESRC Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham 1999-2000; ESRC Research Fellow and Lecturer at King's College, London, and the Joint Services Command and Staff College 2000-03; Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 2002-03. Lecturer at Bristol from 2003. Senior Lecturer from August 2006. Reader from August 2009. Professor from August 2012.


I am currently Professor of International Security and Director of the Global Insecurities Centre in SPAIS, and Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of International Security for Cambridge University Press. My research focuses on defence and security institutions in processes of political and organisational change, with a particular emphasis on issues of civil-military relations, security sector reform and strategy making. My work emphasises the normative and contested nature of these processes, rather than understanding them as neutral, technocratic process of organisational betterment or strategic necessity. In so doing, I explore the relationship between constraint and agency in defence and security reform, and the manner in which actors and institutions both resist and engage with dynamics of change. Selected grants and publications follow:

Current grants

  • British Academy (GF160017), Safe Seas: A Study of Maritime Capacity Building in the Western Indian Ocean, £264,414. Co-Investigator with Christian Bueger. 
  • Horizon 2020, Preventing and Responding to Conflict: Developing EU Civilian Capabilities for a Sustainable Peace (EU-CIVCAP), €1,714,976. Co-Investigator.
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship for Dr Filip Ejdus, Local Ownership in EU Security Sector Reform Missions, Principle Investigator, €183,455. Principle Investigator. 
  • ESRC (ES/L012944/1), Keeping Enough in Reserve: The Employment of Hybrid Citizen-Soldiers and the Future Reserves 2020 Programme, Co-I with Woodward, R. Higate, P. and Jenkins, N. £296,620.  


 Journal articles (selected)


I currently teach Foreign Policy Analysis and Conflict, Security and Devlopment at MSc level. In recent years I have taught Conflict, Security and Development (at MSc level), Foreign Policy Analysis (final year undergraduate and MSc level), the Dissertation (final year undergraduate), British Politics and Policy Making (second year undergraduate) and Study Skills (first year undergraduate). I have lectured to both Higher and Advanced Command and Staff Courses at the UK Defence Academy and have been external examiner to the Defence Studies MA at King's College London and the Global Security MA at Cranfield Univeristy.

I offer PhD supervision accross a wide range of topics, but am particualrly interested in issues of defence and security policy, civil-military relations, security sector reform and democratisation. 

During 2009-12 I was Director of Teaching and Learning in the Department of Politics and latterly SPAIS.

Fields of interest

Strategy, complexity, risk, civil-military relations, security sector reform, democratisation.

Key publications

  1. Edmunds, TP, 2014, ‘Complexity, Strategy and the National Interest’. International Affairs, vol 90.
  2. Edmunds, T, 2012, ‘British Civil-Military Relations and the Problem of Risk’. International Affairs, vol 88., pp. 265-282
  3. Edmunds, T, 2010, ‘The Defence Dilemma in Britain’. International Affairs, vol 86., pp. 377 - 394
  4. Edmunds, T, 2009, ‘Illiberal Resilience in Serbia’. Journal of Democracy, vol 20., pp. 128 - 142
  5. Edmunds, T, 2008, ‘Intelligence Agencies and Democratisation: Continuity and Change in Serbia after Milosevic’. Europe-Asia Studies, vol 60., pp. 25 - 48
  6. Edmunds, T, 2007, ‘Security Sector Reform in Transforming Societies: Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro’. Manchester University Press
  7. Edmunds, T & Forster, A, 2007, ‘Out of Step: The Case for Change in the British Armed Forces’. Demos
  8. Edmunds, TP, Dawes, AL, Higate, PR, Jenkings, N & Woodward, R, 2016, ‘Reserve Forces and the Transformation of British Military Organisation: Soldiers, Citizens and Society’. Defence Studies, vol 16., pp. 118-136
  9. Edmunds, T & Bueger, C, 2017, ‘Beyond Seablindness: A New Agenda for Maritime Security Studies ’. International Affairs, vol 93., pp. 1293-1311
  10. Edmunds, TP, 2014, ‘British Foreign Policy and the National Interest’. International Affairs, vol 90.

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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