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Daniel Salisbury

DanSalisburypicprofileAcademic Coordinator

Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS)

Room K6.64

Department of War Studies

Strand, London WC2R 2LS


Tel.: 0207 848 1343


I am a Researcher in the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) within the Department of War Studies. My current area of work mostly concerns the security of nuclear materials, facilities and sensitive information – and particularly security culture. I am involved in the coordination of a consortium of UK partners sponsored by the British government to deliver a programme of activities to enhance security culture internationally.

Concurrently I am working on my PhD, which considers British nuclear weapons policy and debates in the 1970s and 1980s. I hold a MA with Distinction in Science and Security (2011) and a First Class BA (Hons) in War Studies (2010), both from King’s College London.

I previously worked on the British government-sponsored Project Alpha, which seeks to build partnerships between government and the private sector to mitigate proliferation risks. Prior to joining CSSS, I worked as a Research Assistant on the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. 

Research Interests
  • Weapons proliferation
  • Sanctions and export controls
  • Nuclear security
  • UK nuclear history
Research and Knowledge Transfer

My current research areas include nuclear security and UK nuclear history. I have also been involved in other projects at CSSS and elsewhere, including the UK-China Next Generation Nuclear Dialogue (2013 - 2015), and a joint ESRC and industry-sponsored project on Sanctions and the Insurance Industry.

I am interested in open source intelligence (OSINT) and its application to contemporary security issues. This was the topic of a recent volume co-edited with Dr Christopher Hobbs and Dr Matthew Moran.

I maintain an interest in issues surrounding proliferation and illicit trade. My work on illicit procurement was cited by the United Nations Panel of Experts established pursuant to resolution 1929 (2010) (relating to the implementation of Iran sanctions) and featured on BBC Radio 4.

I am also involved in the delivery of professional development courses (PDC) in nuclear security education. These seek to strengthen global nuclear security by contributing to the development of a new cadre education and training experts. 




Open Source Intelligence in the Twenty-First Century: New Approaches and Opportunities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) [Co-edited with Matthew Moran and Christopher Hobbs]

Journal Articles

‘Exploring the changing role of Chinese entities in WMD Proliferation’, China Quarterly (2016), Vol.225, pp.50-72 [Co-authored with Lucy Jones]

'Sanctions and the Insurance Industry: Challenges, risks and opportunities', Business and Politics (2014), Vol.16, No.2 [Co-authored with Matthew Moran]

‘Trade controls and non-proliferation: compliance costs, drivers and challenges’, Business and Politics (2013), Vol.15, No.4, pp.529 -551.

‘Targeted: A case in Iranian Illicit Missile Procurement’, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (2013), Vol.69, No.3, pp.23-30. [Co-authored with David Lowrie]

Book Chapters and Selected Other Articles

‘70 Years of British Nuclear Debates: A Short Overview’ in Andrew Futter ed. The United Kingdom and Nuclear Weapons: The Trident Debate Renewed (Rowman Littlefield, forthcoming 2016)

‘OSINT and Proliferation Procurement: Combating Illicit Trade’, book chapter (2014) in Christopher Hobbs, Matthew Moran and Daniel Salisbury eds. Open Source Intelligence in the Twenty-First Century: New Approaches and Opportunities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

Is Belgium’s nuclear security up to scratch?’, The Conversation (29 March 2016)

Centres of Excellence in East Asia: Encouraging Collaborative Approaches to Nuclear Security’, Stanley Foundation Policy Analysis Brief (October 2015)

‘Shadow Channels: Iran’s use of illicit procurement methods’, Jane’s Intelligence Review (October 2015), pp.46-52.

The obscure Chinese businessman accused of selling missile parts to Iran’, Vice (23 July 2015)

'Engaging China in Proliferation Prevention', Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (October 2013)

How the Private Sector can do More to Prevent Illicit Trade’, Arms Control Today, (July/August 2013)

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