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Professor Kenneth Payne's research is in political psychology and strategic studies. His latest book, I, Warbot, considers the ways in which Artificial Intelligence will change strategy. It was chosen as a book of the year by The Economist newspaper and by leading IR journal International Affairs.

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.

Professor Payne has consulted for the governments of the United Kingdom and United States. He’s appeared before Parliamentary committees in the UK and Netherlands. He’s been a NATO research fellow and visiting fellow at Oxford University.

Research Interests

  • Strategic studies
  • Political psychology
  • Artificial Intelligence

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







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

PhD Supervision

Professor Payne is happy to consider PhD proposals in his research area.


Dr Kenneth Payne PURE Profile