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Alex became Lecturer in the Future of Conflict in DSD in September 2018, having previously been a Teaching Fellow and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Security School at King’s. Alex completed his undergraduate degree in International Relations at Durham University, before moving to KCL to take his MA in War Studies and PhD in Political Sociology. 

Alex’s primary research interest is multilateral policing governance, and the roles of different assemblages of security in the constitution of space, public-private relations and political order. His doctoral project ‘Offshore Assemblages: Private Security and the Politics of Maritime Space’ sought to explore the relational politics of (private) policing at sea; Alex has also published on the sociology of military-technical development. A full list of publications can be found on the research portal. 

Alex has taught on courses in the War Studies Department and Royal College of Defence Studies as well as the Joint Services Command and Staff College. Alex is also an associate member of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). 


Research Interests

  • Private Policing
  • Ocean Governance
  • International Political Theory
  • Risk and Epistemology
  • Contemporary Conflict
  • Socio-technical Development


Dr Alex Gould is also co-editor of the Defence-in-Depth blog.