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Dr Stevens is on research leave from 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023.

Dr Stevens is a Reader in International Security and head of the King's Cyber Security Research Group. His research looks at the intersection of technology, politics and global security practices, with specific interests in the politics and governance of cybersecurity. He has also written on time and temporality in International Relations, including in a monograph, Cyber Security and the Politics of Time (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

He joined the Department of War Studies as a lecturer in 2016, having previously taught at King's and Royal Holloway University of London.

Dr Stevens has a BA (Hons) in Archaeology from University College London, and an MA, MRes and PhD in War Studies from King’s College London. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Senior Fellow and Associate Researcher at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Cnam), Paris. He is the inaugural International Fellow at the Research Institute for Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS).

Dr Stevens comments often on cybersecurity and related issues for a range of media outlets (TV, radio, print, online), including BBC, Channel 4, ITN, Sky, Al Jazeera, Reuters, Bloomberg, The Guardian, The Independent, Sunday Times, Wall Street Journal, Daily Telegraph, Newsweek and many others. Please direct media enquiries to

Research Interests

Tim Stevens’ research is situated at the intersection of technology, politics and global security. He is particularly interested in information technologies and their roles in shaping and enabling global security practices. He has written extensively on the politics and governance of cybersecurity, especially in its strategic and international dimensions.

Dr Stevens is currently researching and writing a book on the political economy of cyber risk.

A full list of research outputs and activities can be found here.

Dr Stevens’ research interests include:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Cyberwarfare
  • Global governance
  • Time and politics
  • International political sociology
  • Science and Technology Studies



Book chapters:

  • Tim Stevens (in press). War with shadows: Persistent engagement and the power-topologies of US military cyberspace operations. In S. Matviyenko and K. Hilstob, eds., Cyberwar Topologies: In Struggle for a Post-American Internet. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Joe Burton and Tim Stevens (2023). System, alliance, domain: a three-frame analysis of NATO's contribution to cyber stability. In R. Chesney, J. Shires and M. Smeets, eds. Cyberspace and Instability. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press,] pp. 129-152.
  • Tim Stevens and Camino Kavanagh (2021). Cyber power in international relations. In P. Cornish, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Cyber Security. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 66-81.
  • Tim Stevens (2021). United Kingdom: Pragmatism and adaptability in the cyber realm. In Scott N. Romaniuk and Mary Manjikian, eds., Routledge Companion to Global Cyber-Security Strategy. New York: Routledge, pp. 191-200.
  • Tim Stevens (2019). Strategic cyberterrorism: Problems of ends, ways and means. In D. Martin Jones, P. Schulte, C. Ungerer and M.L.R. Smith, eds., Handbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Post 9/11. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 42-52
  • Tim Stevens (2019). Global code: Power and the weak regulation of cyberweapons. In N. Hynek, O. Ditrych and V. Stritecky, eds., Regulating Global Security: Insights from Conventional and Unconventional Regimes. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 271-295.

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Dr Stevens is on research leave in 2022-23.

PhD Supervision

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