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Lyndon Burford is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Centre for Science and Security Studies, , where he studies the theory and politics of nuclear deterrence, arms control, and disarmament. His PhD research looked at the relationship between national identity and nuclear disarmament policy in Canada and New Zealand. In 2015, he was an advisor to the New Zealand delegation at the 2015 NPT Review Conference and in 2011, he won the McElvany Prize from the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey, for his essay on a user-pays model for nuclear risk reduction.

From 2009-15, Lyndon was a member of the Pacific Forum CSIS Young leaders programme and simultaneously represented New Zealand on the WMD study group of the Council for Security Cooperation in Asia-Pacific. Lyndon speaks excellent French and basic Russian and Spanish. He has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Auckland, an MA in Political Science from the University of Canterbury (NZ), and a BA in Russian Studies from the University of Otago. In addition to nuclear policy work, Lyndon is passionate about film, having studied film history and theory, and worked on big-budget studio films and independent shorts and documentaries. 

Research Interests

  • Nuclear disarmament
  • Nuclear deterrence
  • Nuclear risk
  • Risk reduction

Lyndon is interested in the theoretical, practical and political dynamics linking nuclear deterrence, disarmament, arms control and risk.


Book chapters

  • “Australia, New Zealand and the Cuban Missile Crisis” (with Laura Stanley), chapter in The Nuclear Crisis of 1962: Inaugural Crisis of the Age of Global Nuclear Vulnerability?, ed. Benoît Pelopidas [currently under peer review with Johns Hopkins University Press].
  • New Zealand and Disarmament: Where National and Global Interests Converge (with Kate Dewes), chapter in Small States and the Changing Global Order: New Zealand Faces the Future, ed. Anne-Marie Brady (Cham: Springer, 2019).

Research report

Journal articles