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Scott Fenn

Scott Fenn

Ax:Son Johnson Institute for Statecraft and Diplomacy Doctoral Fellow


Scott is a doctoral candidate in the War Studies Department at King’s College London and a member of the Centre for Grand Strategy. He is a Predoctoral Fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Ax:son Johnson Institute for Statecraft and Diplomacy (AJI); a partnership between the Centre for Grand Strategy at King’s College London, the Centre for Geopolitics at Cambridge University, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and the Center for Statecraft and Political Communication at the Stockholm School of Economics.

His research focuses on the grand strategy of climate security in the UK’s foreign and national security communities between 1972 and 1997; asking whether a grand strategy to mitigate and prepare for climate risks emerged during that period and if so, then in what form, by who, to what extent and to what effect.

Scott is a civil servant who works in the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office. Previously he worked in the Cabinet Office and with the United Nations. He has worked in various strategy and security positions, including the 2021 Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy. He holds a BSc in Politics and International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London.


Research Interests 

  • History of UK Climate Change Strategy and Policy
  • Environmental Security
  • Climate Security
  • Grand Strategy
  • Foreign Policy
  • Diplomacy
  • Climate Change and International Order
  • World Order  



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