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Dr Claudia Aradau

Reader in International Politics

AradaucollargeRoom K6.43

Department of War Studies

School of Security Studies

King's College London


London WC2R 2LS

Contact Details


Tel: 020 7848 7497

Office hours: Wednesday 11.30-12.30 and by appointment (during term time)



Claudia is Reader in International Politics in the Department of War Studies and Co-chair of the Research Centre in International Relations. Claudia joined the Department in 2011, after five years of teaching and research at The Open University. Her work has explored security practices globally and has critically interrogated their political effects. She has published widely on critical security studies and critical International Relations.

Her current research focuses on the transformation of knowledge through anticipatory security practices. Taking her earlier work on governing unknowns into a new direction, it analyses contemporary articulations of security and unknowns, particularly as mediated through data and digital devices.  She is Associate Editor of Security Dialogue and a member of the editorial collective of Radical Philosophy

Research Interests

Areas of research

  • Critical security studies
  • International political sociology
  • Anticipatory security practices
  • Critical methods in international relations
  • Data and digital devices

Claudia’s current research develops three main themes. The first theme, Security’s unknowns, expands the concern with catastrophic futures in Politics of catastrophe: Genealogies of the unknown, to analyse how unknowns are not just ‘tamed’ but also produced in security practices. The second project, Algorithmic Reason: The New Government of Self and Other develops an analysis of the transformations that (big) data and digital devices have entailed for how social and political problems are made knowable and governable through. This project is a collaboration with Dr Tobias Blanke from the Department of Digital Humanities. Thirdly, she is developing a programme on critical methods in security studies and international relations, taking forward work published in Critical security methods: New frameworks for analysis.

Recent Publications

Aradau, C and Blanke, T (2016), Politics of prediction: security and the time/space of governmentality in the age of big data European Journal of Social Theory doi:10.1177/136843101666762.

Aradau, C, and Blanke, T (2015), The (Big) Data-security assemblage: Knowledge and critique, Big Data & Society vol. 2(2) October 2015.

Aradau, C (2015), ‘Crowded places are everywhere we go’: crowds, emergency, politics, Theory, Culture and Society vol. 32(2): 155-175.

Aradau, C (2015), The signature of security: Big data, anticipation, surveillance, Radical Philosophy vol. 191 (May/June 2015).

Aradau, C., Huysmans, J., Neal, A., Voelkner, N. eds (2014), Critical security methods: New frameworks for analysis (London: Routledge).

Aradau, C. and Huysmans, J. (2014), Critical methods in International Relations: The politics of tools, devices and acts, European Journal of International Relations 20 (3): 596-619.

Aradau, C. (2014), The promise of security: resilience, surprise, and epistemic politics, Resilience: International Policies, Practices, and Discourses 2(2): 73-87.

For a full list of publications, please consult the Research Portal at King’s or Claudia’s page on


Claudia convenes the following modules:

7SSWM080 The Global Governance of Conflict and Security: Theories and Methods (MA International Conflict Studies core module)

7SSWM065 Risk and Uncertainty in Global Politics (MA option)

PhD Supervision

Claudia is interested in offering supervision for students working in the following subject areas:

  • Critical Security Studies, including its recent digital transformations.
  • International Political Sociology
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