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Before joining the Defence Studies Department as a Lecturer, Dr Christopher Kinsey was an ESRC post-doctoral fellow at the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he also received his doctoral degree, which examined the impact of private security in international politics, and his MSc (Econ).

Research Interests

  • The Privatisation of Security
  • Strategic Thought
  • New Wars
  • Security Sector Reform


MA Special Subject:

  • Private Soldiers and International Security

PhD Supervision

Dr Kinsey is happy to supervise PhD students in the following subject areas:

  • The Privatisation of Security
  • The Role of Contractors in War
  • Outsourcing Military Capability
  • The Role of the Market in Conflict and Post-Conflict Environments
  • Mercenary Operations in Africa, 1960-1970
  • The Political Economy of European Alpine Huts


Dr Chris Kinsey PURE Profile



  • Kinsey & Olsen, ‘Remote Warfare and the Utility of Private Military and Security Contractors’, in McKay, A., et al, 2020, Remote Warfare: Interdisciplinary Perspectives(E-International Relations) 64-78.
  • Kinsey, Corporate Soldier and International Security: The Rise of Private Military Companies, 196, Routledge, 2006, ISBN 0-415-36583-X.
  • Kinsey, Private Contractors and the Reconstruction of Iraq: Transforming Military Logistics, 191, Routledge, 2009, ISBN 978-0-415-37964-9.
  • Edited Volume with Dr Malcolm Patterson, 2012, Contractors and War: The Transformation of United States’ Military and Stabilization Operations, Stanford: Stanford University Press, ISBN(Cloth): 0804769907, 9780804769907, ISBN(Paperback):0804769915, 9780804769914.
  • Edited Volume with Dr Joakim Berndtsson, The Routledge Research Companion to Security Outsourcing, Routledge, 2016, ISBN (Hardback) 9781472426833.
  • Edited Volume with Dr Eugenio Cusumano, Diplomatic Security: A Comparative Analysis, Stanford University Press, 2019, ISBN 9780804791052.

The Emirates Occasional Papers

  • Kinsey, Transforming Supplying War: The Rise of Private Contractors on the Battlefield, Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, ECSSR: The Emirates, No., 72, ISSN 1682 1246.

Book Chapters

  • Kinsey, ‘Private Security Companies: Agents of Democracy or Simply Mercenaries’, 87-104, Private Military and Security Companies: Chances, Problems, Pitfalls and Prospects, Jäger, T., & Kümmel, G., VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, ISBN 978-3-531-14901-6. 2007
  • Kinsey, ‘Private Security Companies and Corporate Social Responsibilities’, 70-86, Private Military Companies: Ethics, Policies and Civil Military Relations, Alexandra, A., Caparini, M., & Baker, P., Oxford: Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-43275-7. 2008.
  • Kinsey, ‘The Role of Private Security Companies in Peace Support Operations: An Outcome of the Privatisation in Military Affairs and the Transformation in Warfare’, 139-156, The Transformation of the World of Warfare and Peace Support Operations, Michael, K., Ben-Ari, E., and Kellen D., Praeger Security International Series, ISBN 978-0-313-36501-0. 2009
  • Kinsey, ‘Private Security in War’, 183-199, Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Warfare, Professor John Buckley and Dr George Kassimeris, London: Ashgate Publishers, ISBN 978-0-7546-74108. 2010
  • Kinsey & Uttley, ‘The Role of Logistics in War’, Oxford Handbook on War, Julian Lindley-French & Yves Boyer, Oxford: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-956293-0. 2012.
  • Kinsey, ‘Private Security Fighting Pirates and Illegal Fishing in Puntland’, Maritime Private Security: Market Responses to Piracy, Terrorism and Waterborne Security Risks in the 21st Century, Patrick Cullen & Claude G. Berube, Oxford: Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-68862-8. 2012.
  • Kinsey, ‘The Rise of Contractors in 21st Century Warfare’ in The Future of Warfare in the 21st Century, The ECSSR, ISBN 978-9948-14-831-9, 2014.
  • Kinsey & Erbel ‘Privatising Military Logistics’, Routledge Handbook of Private Security Studies, Oxford: Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-72935-2. 2015.
  • Kinsey, ‘Outsourcing Military Logistics and Security Services: the Case of the UK’, The Routledge Research Companion to Security Outsourcing, Oxford: Routledge, ISBN (Hardback) 9781472426833. 2016.
  • Cusumano & Kinsey, ‘What is Driving Outsourcing of Diplomatic Security’, The Routledge Research Companion to Security Outsourcing, Oxford: Routledge, ISBN (Hardback) 9781472426833. 2016.
  • Cusumano & Kinsey, ‘The UK Approach to Controlling Private Military and Security Companies’, Private Military and Security Contractors, UK: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN-10 144226022X, ISBN-13 978-1442260221. 2016.
  • Kinsey & Erbel, ‘The Role of Private Military Corporations in Defence’ Routledge Handbook of Defence Studies, Oxford, Routledge, ISBN (Hardback) 9781138122505. 2018.
  • Kinsey, ‘Diplomatic Security: the United Kingdom’s Informal Approach?’ Diplomatic Security: A Comparative Analysis, Stanford University Press, 2019, ISBN 9780804791052.
  • Kinsey, ‘Les mercenaires, soldats sous-traitants’, Une Histoire De La Guerre, France: Seuil, ISBN 978-2-02-128722-6. 2018.  

Academic Journal Articles

  • Kinsey & Krieg, 2021, ‘Assembling a Force to Defeat Boko Haram’ in Journal of Defence and Security Analysis. 
  • Kinsey, ‘Private Military Companies: Option for Regulation’, 127-137, Conflict Security & Development, 2:3, 2002, ISSN 1467-8802.
  • Kinsey, ‘International Law and the Control of Mercenaries and Private Military Companies’, 91-116, Cultures & Conflits, No. 52, 2004, ISBN 2-7475-6065-1.
  • Kinsey, ‘Regulation and Control of Private Military Companies: the Legislative Dimension’, 84-102, Contemporary Security Policy, Vol: 26, 2005, ISSN 1352-3260.
  • Kinsey, ‘Challenging International Law: A Dilemma of Private Security Companies’, 269-295, Journal of Conflict Security and Development, Vol: 5, 2005, ISSN 1467-8802.
  • Kinsey, ‘The Organisational Structure of Private Security Companies’, 188-212, Defence Studies, Vol: 5 2005, ISSN 1470-2436.
  • Kinsey, ‘The Role of Private Security Companies in Civil Wars’, 584-614, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Vol: 18, 2007, ISSN 0959-2318.
  • Kinsey, ‘Privatising Maritime Security in Somalia: the Rationale and its Effects on Governance’, 147-162, Cambridge Review, Vol: 22, 2009, ISSN 0955-7571.
  • Kinsey and Frost, ‘Ethically Accounting for the Conduct of Private Military and Security Companies’, 92-107, The Journal Human Rights and International Legal Discourse, HRILD, Vol. 6 No. 1,  ISSN 1783-7014.
  • Kinsey and Erbel, ‘Contracting out Support Services in Future Expeditionary Operations: Learning from the Afghan Experience’, Journal of Contemporary European Research, 2011, Vol. 7 Issue 4, ISSN1815-347X.
  • Cusumano & Kinsey, ‘The Bureaucratic Politics of Outsourcing Security: The Privatisation of Diplomatic Protection in the United States and United Kingdom’, Armed Forces & Society, March 2014, DOI: 10.1177/0095327X14523958.
  • Kinsey, ‘Transforming Supplying War: Considerations and Rationales behind Contractor Support to UK Future UK Overseas Military Operations in the 21st Century’, International Journal, 2014, Vol. 69, no. 4. On Line Publication, August 2014, DOI: 10.1177/0020702014542814.
  • Kinsey & Krieg, ‘The Role of Commercially Provided Security in Africa’s Patrimonial Security Complex’, Austral: Brazilian Journal of Strategy & International Relations, Jan-Jun. 2014, Vol. 3, no. 5, pp. 69-96, e-ISSN 2238-6912, ISSN 2238-6262. Published in English and Portuguese.
  • Erbel & Kinsey, ‘Think Again Supplying War’, Journal of Strategic Studies, at <> (accessed 12th January 2015).
  • Kinsey & Liu, ‘The Myth of the Anti-Mercenary Norm’, Journal of Global Security Studies, 2018, 3(1), 93–110, doi:10.1093/jogss/ogx024.

Non-Academic Articles

  • August 2005, Private Military Companies: Options for Regulating Private Military Services in the United Kingdom, BASIC NOTES, OCCASSIONAL PAPERS ON INTERNATIONAL SECURITY POLICY. 
  • 5 August 2008, ‘The Role of Private Security Companies in International Relations’, e-IR.
  • February 2009, ‘PSCs and Human Rights’ paper presented to the European Union Sub-committee on Human Rights.

Reviewed Books  

  • Simon Chesterman and Chia Lehnardt, From Mercenary to Market, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008 in Journal of Modern African Studies, 46 (2008).
  • Elke Krahmann, States, Citizens and the Privatisation of Security, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, in Armed Forces & Society 37: 563 (2011).
  • Molly Dunigan, Victory for Hire, Stanford: SUP, 2011, in The Journal of Military History, Vol 75, No. 4, (2011).
  • Thomas C. Bruneau, Patriots for Profit, Stanford: SUP, 2011, in Journal of Strategic Studies.