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Biography

Christopher Hobbs is Professor in Science and International Security within the Department of War Studies (DWS) and Director of the King’s Institute for Applied Security Studies (KIASS). A scientist by training he holds a PhD in physics from the University of London and a MPhys from Oxford University. He has served as Programme Director for the UK’s Nuclear Security Culture Programme (NSCP) since its inception in 2014.

His research focuses on bridging the gap between policy and practice in the areas of nuclear security, non-proliferation and open source intelligence (OSINT). Taking an interdisciplinary approach using tools and frameworks from the natural and social sciences, he has sought to explore the implementation of security at the operational level. His work has involved frequent collaboration with practitioners, in international organisations, government and industry, both to gather research data for his research and to ensure real-world impact.

Dr Hobbs’ work is supported by a number of large grants from funders that have included the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the US State Department and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

He is a member of the Executive Advisory Board for the International Nuclear Security Forum (INSF), Associate Fellow of Advance HE and former Chair of the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN).

Research

  • Nuclear Security
  • WMD Proliferation and Counter-proliferation
  • CBRN Terrorism and Counter-terrorism
  • Insider Threats
  • Security Culture
  • Nuclear Smuggling and Radiation Detection for Border Monitoring
  • Open source intelligence (OSINT)

Teaching and Supervision

  • Science and Security of Nuclear and Biological Weapons (MA)
  • Current Issues in Science and Security (MA)

Dr Hobbs is willing to provide PhD supervision in any of my areas of research interest.

Publications 

Please see Professor Hobbs' PURE profile for a full list of publications.