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Dr Matthew Moran

Dr Matthew Moran

  • Academics

Reader in International Security & Co-Director, Centre for Science and Security Studies

Research subject areas

  • Conflict and security
  • International relations
  • Politics
  • Policy and society

Contact details


Dr Matthew Moran is a Reader in International Security in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He also serves as Co-Director of the Centre for Science and Security Studies. Dr Moran’s research trajectory spans a number of disciplines, and ranges from the study of collective disorder and rioting, to the study of proliferation behaviour as it relates to weapons of mass destruction (WMD). He also has a strong interest in open source intelligence (OSINT) and related technological developments. Dr Moran’s current work is focused on understanding the dynamics of chemical weapons use in Syria.

Dr Moran’s research has been supported by the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the MacArthur Foundation, and various national governments. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary lectureship at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

 Research Interests

  • WMD proliferation and non-proliferation;
  • Proliferation behaviour;
  • Nuclear security;
  • Open source intelligence (OSINT)
  • Riots and public disorder

Teaching and Supervision

  • Armchair Intelligence: Open Sources and Online Investigation (MA)
  • Proliferation and International Security, (MA)
  • I am willing to provide PhD supervision in any of my areas of research interest.

Selected Publications

  • Trust in Nuclear Disarmament Verification (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) [with Wyn Bowen, Hassan Elbahtimy and Christopher Hobbs].
  • Living on the Edge: Iran, Nuclear Hedging and Countering Proliferation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) [with Wyn Bowen and Dina Esfandiary].
  • Riots: An International Comparison (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) [with David Waddington].
  • Open Source Intelligence in the Twenty-First Century: New Approaches and Opportunities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) [with Christopher Hobbs and Daniel Salisbury].
  • ‘Fusing Algorithms and Analysts: Open-Source Intelligence in the Age of “Big Data”’. Intelligence and National Security 33, no.3 (2018): 391-406,
  • ‘Terrorism and the banlieues: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks in Context’. Modern and Contemporary France 25, no.3 (2017): 315-332,