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.
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.