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Dr Alex Gould

Dr Alex Gould

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ESRC New Investigator - Practice, Assemblage and Emergence in the Governance of Freight Shipping. Programme Director, MA International Affairs.

Research subject areas

  • International relations
  • Policy

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Alex became Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department in September 2018, having previously been a Teaching Fellow and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Security Studies at King’s. Prior to this, he completed his BA in International Relations at Durham University, before moving to King's to take his MA in War Studies and PhD in Political Sociology. 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 is currently the Principal Investigator of the ESRC New Investigator Project 'Practice, Assemblage, and Emergence in the Governance of Freight Shipping'

Research Interests

Alex’s research uses interdisciplinary theoretical platforms to examine how different forms of practice, knowledge, and authority coalesce in sets of fields and institutions in global politics and security.

Alex has written on (maritime) private policing, military-technical development and global shipping; more general interests include ocean governance and maritime geography, public-private security assemblages, risk and epistemology and international political theory.


  • Morgan-Owen, David and Gould, Alex (2022) The politics of future war: civil-military relations and military doctrine in Britain. European Journal of International Security, Vol. 7 Issue 4, pp. 551-571
  • Ford, Matthew and Gould, Alex (2021) From warrior geek to prototype warrior: entrepreneurialism, future war, and the emergence of 21st-century civil-military relations. Journal of Digital War, Vol. 2, pp. 35-50
  • Gould, Alex (2021) Sovereign Control and Ocean Governance in the Regulation of Maritime Private Policing. Policing and Society, Vol. 31 Issue 3, pp. 337-353

Dr Alex Gould PURE Profile

PhD Supervision

Alex will consider PhD applicants in any of his research areas.