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Dr Kenneth Payne

Dr Kenneth Payne

  • Academics
  • Supervisors

Deputy Head, Director of Research

Reader in International Relations .

Research subject areas

  • Politics
  • International relations

Contact details


Dr Payne's research is in political psychology. He’s just finished writing his fourth book, which considers the ways in which Artificial Intelligence will change strategy.

Earlier books explored the evolution of strategy from apes and early humans to Artificial Intelligence; strategy in the Vietnam War, and the relationship between human evolution and modern, liberal warfare.

Dr Payne has consulted for the governments of the United Kingdom, United States and the Netherlands. He’s been a NATO research fellow and visiting fellow at Oxford University.


Research Interests

  • International Relations
  • Political psychology
  • Strategic studies

Dr Payne is currently exploring the role of empathy and personality in shaping foreign policy, using the period of the Kennedy administration as a case study.







Dr Payne teaches across the range of strategic studies topics, with specialist modules on the psychology of conflict and artificial intelligence.


PhD Supervision

Dr Payne is happy to consider PhD supervision in his research area.


Dr Kenneth Payne PURE Profile