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Dr Kienzle is a Senior Lecturer (Assoc. Prof.) in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. In this position, he is one of the academic tutors at the Royal College of Defence Studies, the senior college of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He is also an Associate Researcher at King’s Centre for Science & Security Studies (CSSS) and a member of the Observatory of European Foreign Policy, an international research group based in Barcelona, Spain.

Dr Kienzle joined the Defence Studies Department in 2014 after completing a Marie Curie fellowship at CSSS and a postdoctoral research project at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). He holds a PhD (summa cum laude) in International Relations from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2010) and an MA with distinction in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ulster (2003). As part of his doctoral studies, he was a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley (Institute of European Studies), the University of Cambridge (Centre of International Studies) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Institute of European Studies).

During his academic career, Dr Kienzle has been eager to maintain close links with the world of practitioners: He has gained work experience at the UN Headquarters in New York (UN-DPADM), at the Secretariat of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels and at IGADI (Instituto Galego de Análise i Documentació Internacional), a Spanish think-tank.

Research Interests

Dr Kienzle studies international security cooperation and is particularly interested in the control of nuclear weapons, European defence and ‘Brexit’. His research has been supported by the European Commission, the Economic and Social Research Council and the British Academy. It has appeared in a number of international peer-reviewed journals such as International Affairs, Cooperation and Conflict, Mediterranean Politics, European Security, Global Affairs and the Journal of World Trade. Dr Kienzle is also a contributor to several handbooks and edited volumes in both English and Spanish about European security policies

Dr Kienzle is also lead of the Defence & Diplomacy research theme.

Dr Ben Kienzle PURE Profile

PhD Supervision

Dr Kienzle is happy to offer PhD supervision in the following broad subject areas:

  • Security Cooperation
  • International Security Institutions
  • Nuclear Proliferation
  • European Security
  • EU Foreign, Security and Defence Policies