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Sarah Tzinieris is a Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. She holds a MPhil and PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Before taking up an academic position, Sarah worked at the BBC as a strategist and prior to that in consultancy focusing on political risk, economic development and sustainability. She also served as a UN Security Council Advisor for the European Union Delegation at the United Nations.

Sarah works in the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) at King’s, a multidisciplinary group that conducts scholarly and policy research. She has recently started a research project in CSSS focusing on government sanctions and nuclear security. Supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the research is analysing the future of sanctions policy from the perspective of how governance structures underpin coercive policy tools in the area of nuclear security and nuclear proliferation. Sarah is also co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Nuclear Security being published by Oxford University Press (OUP).

Sarah contributes to the Nuclear Security Culture Programme, funded by the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). This academic-industry programme works to strengthen non-proliferation and the security of nuclear and radiological materials around the world. Funded by a multi-million pound grant, it forms a key strand of the UK’s Global Nuclear Security Programme (GNSP). Sarah was invited to the Royal Garden Party for her contributions to the programme.

Sarah’s recent highlights include giving evidence to the House of Lords inquiry on nuclear disarmament and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and co-editing a briefing book provided to state parties at UN negotiations on the NPT. She also had the opportunity to participate in the Project on Nuclear Issues mid-career programme at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), being nominated to represent the Women in International Security (WIIS) network.


  • International relations
  • Nuclear non-proliferation and threat reduction
  • Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism
  • Nuclear security
  • Foreign policy


A select list of publication is available on Dr Tzinieris’s PURE Profile