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Dr Christopher Eldridge

Senior Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Conflict and security
  • Arts, culture and media

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Christopher Eldridge received his Ph.D. in History from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA in 2002. His research there explored the interactions of technological development and international politics, specifically focusing on the collaboration of the U.K. and U.S. in the development of radar technology during World War II.

From 2000 to 2005, Christopher worked on the staff of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC) at the U.S. National Academies in Washington DC. There he supported and facilitated the work of the committee and other research groups to produce reports on issues related to nuclear security and treaty verification. Many of these reports were produced collaboratively with the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Since 2005, Christopher has been a member of the staff of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Department of Safeguards, where he has worked primarily as an analyst in the department’s open-source information group.

Christopher is currently on a one-year leave of absence from the IAEA to work at CSSS as a Senior Research Fellow.

Research Interests

Broadly defined: the interactions of culture with science and technology, for example science and/or technology as expressions of national culture.

More specifically: the extent to (and process by) which cultural context can and should be taken into account in the design of nuclear safety and security systems and processes.


•  Eldridge, C., Hobbs, C., & Moran, M. (2017). Fusing algorithms and analysts: open-source intelligence in the age of ‘Big Data’Intelligence and National Security, 1-16. doi:10.1080/02684527.2017.1406677

•  Co-author, “Enabling Collaborative Analysis: State Evaluation Groups, the Electronic State File, and Collaborative Analysis Tools,” Symposium on International Safeguards, International Atomic Energy Agency, October 2014.

•  Best Practices in Nuclear Materials Protection, Control, and Accounting: Rapporteur’s Summary of a Workshop (Editor), National Academies Press, 2005. (paywall)

•  “Obstacles & Opportunities: U.S. & Russian Academies Forge Ties for Nuclear Security,” IAEA Bulletin, 2005.

•  “U.S.-Russian Relations: the Future of Cooperative Threat Reduction,” presentation at the Atlantic Council of the United States, August 2004.

•  Review of Patrick Blackett: Sailor, Scientist, Socialist, Peter Hore, ed., Naval War College Review 57 (Winter 2004): 156-7.

• “Competing By Cooperating: Anglo-American Radar Development in World War II,” presentation at Society for the History of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2003.

•  “Electronic Eyes for the Allies: Anglo-American Cooperation on Radar Development during World War II,” History & Technology 17 (2000): 1-20. 

• “Poisoned Painters: Organized Painters’ Responses to Occupational Lead Poisoning in Early Twentieth Century America,” Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society 18 (1998): 23-30.

• Review of The Invention that Changed the World: How a Small Group of Radar Pioneers Won the Second World War and Launched a Technological Revolution, by Robert Buderi, Science, Technology & Society Curriculum Development Newsletter 111 / 112 (Spring / Summer 1997): 28.