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Payne, Dr Kenneth

Senior Lecturer

Dr Ken Payne

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Telephone: +44 (0) 1793 788067

Research Interests
  • International Relations Theory, especially political psychology
  • Strategic Studies
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Technology and strategy, especially Artificial Intelligence

Dr Kenneth Payne joined the department as a lecturer in January 2009. His current research is on evolutionary psychology and strategy. He is currently writing his third book, about the evolution of strategy from apes and early humans to Artificial Intelligence. This research is part of a wider project that considers the role of human psychology in strategic affairs.

Earlier books considered strategy in the Vietnam War, and the relationship between evolutionary psychology and modern, liberal warfare. His future research will focus on the impact of Artificial Intelligence on international relations and war.

Currently a research associate at the University of Oxford's Centre for International Studies, Dr Payne was previously a visiting fellow in that university's Department of Politics and International Relations. He is also a member of the King's Centre for Science and Strategy.

Before returning to academia, Dr Payne was a BBC News producer, working for its Panorama World at One and PM programmes. His PhD, on the security policymaking of the first-term Clinton administration, is from the University of Essex. His MPhil in International Relations is from University College, Oxford. As an undergraduate Dr Payne read Economics and Geography at UCL.

PhD Supervision

Dr Payne is happy to supervisie PhD students in the following subject areas:

  • Political psychology
  • Strategic studies
  • Foreign policy decision-making
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Artificial intelligence


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