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Jez Littlewood

Jez Littlewood

Visiting Senior Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Policy
  • Security


Jez Littlewood is a senior analyst in the Government of Alberta (Canada) with extensive experience in research and strategic policy analysis, policy development and implementation at international, national, and sub-national levels.

He previously served as a member of faculty at Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (2007–2018) working on arms control, terrorism, and national security issues.

Prior to moving to Canada he served on secondment to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office to support the Biological Weapons Convention (2005–2007), completed post-doctoral research at the Mountbatten Centre for International Security at the University of Southampton (2002–2006) and served on the Secretariat of the Biological Weapons Convention Ad Hoc Group between 1998 and 2001 at the United Nations in Geneva.


  • National security
  • Arms control and disarmament
  • Biological weapons, biodefense and biosecurity


  • Jez Littlewood and Filippa Lentzos (2022) Russia (again) peddles its debunked US-Ukrainian bioweapons claims at the United Nations, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 15 November.
  • Jez Littlewood and Filippa Lentzos (2022) Russia’s alleged bioweapons claims have few supporters, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 11 October.
  • Filippa Lentzos and Jez Littlewood (2022) Russia finds another stage for the Ukraine biolabs disinformation show, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 8 July.
  • Jez Littlewood (2022) Potential Outcomes of the Ninth BWC Review Conference (Geneva, Switzerland) UNIDIR.
  • Filippa Lentzos and Jez Littlewood (2022) Don’t let finger-pointing doom this key treaty against bioweapons The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 4 March.
  • Filippa Lentzos and Jez Littlewood (2020) How Russia worked to undermine UN bioweapons investigations The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 11 December.
  • Jez Littlewood (2020) The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in Stephanie Carvin, Thomas Juneau, Craig Forcese (eds.) Top Secret Canada (Toronto, University of Toronto Press) pp 45-71.
  • Jez Littlewood, Lorne Dawson, and Sara K. Thompson (eds.), (2020) Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Canada (Toronto; University of Toronto Press).
  • Jez Littlewood (2018) The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention in Michael Crowley, Malcolm Dando, Lijun Shang (eds.) Preventing Chemical Weapons: Arms Control and Disarmament as the Sciences Converge (London: Royal Society of Chemistry) pp.69-99.
  • Jez Littlewood The Biological Weapons Convention in Guy Olivier Faure (ed.) Unfinished Business: Why International Negotiations Fail (Athens & London: University of Georgia Press) pp.107-129.
  • Jez Littlewood and Nicholas A Sims (2011) Ambitious Incrementalism The Nonproliferation Review 18:3 pp.499-511.
  • Jez Littlewood (2010) Accountability of the Canadian security and intelligence community post-9/11: still a long and winding road? In Daniel Baldino (Editor) Democratic Oversight of Intelligence Services and its Challenges (Sydney, AU., Federation Press) pp.83-107.
  • Jez Littlewood Export controls and the non-proliferation of materials: national boundaries in international science in Brian Rappert and Caitríona McLeish (eds.) A Web of Prevention: Biological Weapons, Life Sciences, and the Governance of Research, (London, Earthscan Publishers) pp.143-161.
  • Jez Littlewood and John Simpson (2007) The Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Weapons Threat in Paul Wilkinson (Editor) Homeland Security in the UK: Future Preparedness for Terrorist Attack since 9/11 (London, Routledge) pp.57-80.
  • Jez Littlewood (2005) The Biological Weapons Convention: A Failed Revolution (Aldershot, UK; Ashgate Publishers).