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Dr Deborah Sanders

Dr Deborah Sanders

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Reader in Defence and Security Studies

Deputy Head of Department Staff Development & Wellbeing.

Research subject areas

  • Conflict
  • Security

Contact details


Dr Deborah Sanders is a Reader in Defence and Security Studies at the Defence Studies Department, where she specialises in security issues in the Black Sea.

She is currently working on Ukraine's military transformation after the crisis, and maritime security in the Black Sea. 

Research Interests

  • Ukraine
  • Military transformation and change
  • The Black Sea
  • Small navies
  • Maritime power

MA Special Subject

Maritime Security in the Black Sea

Doctoral Supervision

Dr Sanders is happy to supervise PhD students studying Ukraine's relations with neighbours and Europe, and Ukraine's military and political transformation, Black Sea security issues including Turkey, as well as contemporary maritime issues, in particular small navies.

Recent Publications

  • ‘The war we want; the war that we get’: Ukraine’s Military Reform and the conflict in the East’, The Journal of Slavic Military Studies, 30, 2017, 30-49.
  • ‘Maritime Security in the Black Sea: Out with the new, In with the Old’, Mediterranean Quarterly, 28:2 Autumn 2017,.4-29
  • • ‘Rebuilding the Ukrainian Navy’, Naval War College Review, Autumn 2017, 70:4,.61-77.


Dr Deborah Sanders PURE Profile