About Project Alpha
Project Alpha is associated with the Centre for Science and Security Studies at KCL but operates in an autonomous way.
The programme takes an academically rigorous but policy orientated approach to studying the problem of nuclear proliferation by drawing on a wide range of open sources, tools and techniques. The programme focuses on all aspects of non-proliferation including country issues; safeguards; trade controls implementation and non-proliferation policy.
A unique feature of the programme is its data centric approach. Project Alpha houses perhaps the most comprehensive datasets on issues related to non-proliferation through its research platform – Alpha-POST (The Alpha Proliferation Open Source Tool).
Project Alpha was established with UK government funding in 2011 to bridge government-private sector understanding of non-proliferation issues. As such, the programme continues to have a strong export control and illicit trade component.
Project Alpha currently has a staff of more than 10 persons and is directed by Dr Ian Stewart, who is also a senior researcher in the Department of War Studies. It works closely with external partners, including the James Martin Centre for Non-proliferation Studies (CNS), industry, and international organisations.
Project Alpha is also an integral part of the EU's P2P program on dual-use goods which provides capacity building on export controls to governments in around 30 countries.