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Dr Kenneth Payne joined the department in January 2009. His research is on psychology and international relations, and he is currently 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 Intelligencestrategy in the Vietnam War, and the relationship between human evolution and modern, liberal warfare.

A senior member of St Antony’s College, Oxford, Dr Payne was earlier a research associate at that university's Centre for International Studies, and before that, a visiting fellow Department of Politics and International Relations.

Before returning to academia, Dr Payne was a BBC News producer, working for its Panorama World at One and PM programmes. His PhD, on the security policymaking of the first-term Clinton administration, is from the University of Essex. His MPhil in International Relations is from University College, Oxford. As an undergraduate Dr Payne read Economics and Geography at UCL.

Research Interests

  • International Relations

  • Political psychology

  • Strategic studies

PhD Supervision

Dr Payne is happy to supervisie PhD students in the following subject areas:

  • Political psychology
  • Strategic studies
  • Foreign policy decision-making
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Artificial intelligence


Dr Kenneth Payne PURE Profile