Meet the new GNO team

The BISA Global Nuclear Order Working Group has a new leadership team for 2019/20, comprising scholars of nuclear order from around the UK. We will be working over the coming months to expand the group’s reach, involve more members – including postgraduate students – in our programme, and reinstate our web and social media presence to share our developments.

Introducing the GNO team:


Dr Hassan Elbahtimy is Lecturer in Science and Security at the War Studies Department. He holds hold a PhD and MA in Science and Security from the War Studies Department at King’s College London, a Diplôme d’Université (D.U.) in International Nuclear Law from the University of Montpellier, and M.B.B.Ch (Medicine) from Cairo University. His research to date has focused on the interplay between science and global security, particularly the politics of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons; and the modern history of the Middle East. He has published extensively on various aspects of arms control verification, the politics and history of nuclear energy in the Middle East, the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Affiliate Researcher with the Nuclear Knowledge Programme at Sciences Po, France.

Dr Laura Considine is a lecturer in International Relations at University of Leeds specialising in Global Nuclear Politics. Her research interests include issues of language and meaning in the politics of nuclear weapons. Her current work challenges traditional ways of understanding and explanation in International Relations through the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosophy of language and ideas about literature, narrative and myth in international politics. She is also interested in broader Cold War History, nuclear disarmament and International Relations Theory. Laura received her Ph.D in International Politics from Aberystwyth University in 2014.


Dr Patricia Shamai is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations in University of Portsmouth. Her main areas of interest are US and UK national security and foreign policy, focusing on issues of chemical, biological and nuclear counter proliferation and terrorism,  nuclear non-proliferation, arms control and energy security issues. She has extensive experience teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, researching issues relating to international security, nuclear non-proliferation and arms control. Patricia has presented and published on these issues at a number of  national and international conferences.  Recently she has been working with the MoD to support the development of a UK based Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance.

Postgraduate Officer:

Tom Vaughan is PhD student in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, funded by the ESRC. Tom’s research examines how ‘local’ configurations of nuclear technopolitics feed into the norms and structures of the global nuclear order (and vice versa) via an empirical study of the South African nuclear experience, both during and after apartheid. His work draws largely from International Relations, but also incorporates insights and concepts from the disciplines of History, Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies, and Geography. Tom is a committee member and vice-chair of the BISA Postgraduate Network (PGN). 

We are also planning conference and workshop events for the next academic year. Join our networking by e-mailing the convenors with the details listed on our Contact/Join page, and feel free to direct any queries to the relevant team member.

Follow us on Twitter @BISANuclear to keep up to date with our activites.

Finally, come and meet us at the BISA Annual Conference 2019, 12th-14th June at the Royal Society, Carleton House, London.

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Call for Papers: Global Nuclear Futures conference at SOAS

Call for papers now live for the “Global Nuclear Futures” conference at SOAS 21-22 Sept 2017.

Please see the link below for further information:

BISA GNO Working Group Annual Conference 2017 call for papers

Please send an abstract of no more than 200 words by 31 May 2017 to Dr Dan Plesch at

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Interrogating Global Nuclear Order Conference now open for registration

Registration is now open for the fourth annual BISA Global Nuclear Order working group conference: “Interrogating Global Nuclear Order: Methods, Theory and Praxis” at Kings College London on 8th and 9th September.

The excellent schedule can be found here: BISA_Nuclear_Order_Working_Group_Fourth_Annual_Conference programme

We hope you will be able to join us in London; if you wish to attend, please email Pippa Aitken at by Monday 29 August. Please indicate what day or days you will attend as well as if you wish to join us for the pay-your-own-way dinner on Thursday, so that we can make appropriate catering arrangements. (Please also let Pippa know if you have any dietary requirements.)

For those looking for accommodation options in London, we may be able to block book some hotel rooms at the Strand Palace Hotel. Depending on availability,  if we do this you might get a slight discount; the price of rooms could run from £130-£180.  If you are interested in this, please contact Jessica Marcos at for further details.

Alternatively, you can book yourself at the Travel Lodge in Covent Garden; this tends to be less expensive than the Strand Palace Hotel. KCL also offers its student accommodation as a B and B option over the summer. See You can book this directly, and it will be significantly cheaper than other central London options.

We are hoping to see you all in London in September.

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Interrogating Global Nuclear Order Conference – Kings College London

The call for paper proposals is now open for the “Interrogating Global Nuclear Order: Methods, Theory and Praxis” conference to hosted by the Centre for Science and Security Studies at Kings College London on 8-9 September 2016.


The deadline for proposals is 15 May 2016.  Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be send directly to Dr Susan Martin (


Please see attached for more information: BISA GNO Working Group Annual Conference 2016 call for papers final

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New BISA Global Nuclear Order Digest

Please find attached the first BISA GNO working group “Digest” containing information on upcoming events, news and publications.

2016 Feb BISA GNO newsletter

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Registration now open to “Global Nuclear Order” conference

Registration is now open for the “Global Nuclear Order: Power, Challenges and Responses” conference to be held at the University of Birmingham 17-18 September.


More details and the link to register can be found here:

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Call for Papers: “Global nuclear order: power, challenges and responses”

Papers are now being accepted for the forthcoming “Global nuclear order: power, challenges and responses” conference at the University of Birmingham on 17-18 September 2015.

Queries, questions and abstracts should be sent to Dr Andrew Futter (

The deadline for proposals is 15 May.

For more information please click on this link: GNO Bham conference Sept15

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