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Kienzle, Dr Benjamin

Dr Benjamin Kienzle

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Telephone:  +44 (0) 1793 788199

Research Interests

  • Multilateral security cooperation
  • European security
  • International non-proliferation institutions
  • European Union non-proliferation policies
  • Relations between Europe & Iran and between Europe & India

PhD Supervision

Dr Kienzle is happy to offer PhD supervision in the following broad subject areas:

  • Security Cooperation
  • International Security Institutions
  • Nuclear Proliferation
  • European Security
  • EU Foreign, Security and Defence Policies


Dr Kienzle is a Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies and an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Science & Security Studies (CSSS) at King’s College London. He is also a member of the Observatory of European Foreign Policy, an international research group based in Barcelona. His current research focuses on multilateral security cooperation, in particular in Europe. Dr Kienzle has published articles in this area in a number of international peer-reviewed journals such as International Affairs, Cooperation and Conflict, Mediterranean Politics and the Journal of World Trade. He is also a contributor to a number of handbooks and edited volumes in both English and Spanish about European security policies.

Previously, he was the Marie Curie Fellow at CSSS, where he implemented his EU-NONPROLIF project, a two-year, research-only fellowship project funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. The project analyzed the increasing interaction between the European Union and international non-proliferation institutions in the field of nuclear and chemical weapons. Before joining King’s College, Dr Kienzle was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, where he coordinated the DYNAMUS project financed by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. The project examined the dynamics of the multilateral system, in particular the interaction between the European Union and global institutions.

Dr Kienzle holds a PhD in International Relations and European Integration from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2010) and an MA with distinction in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ulster (2003). During his doctoral studies, Dr Kienzle was a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley (Institute of European Studies, 2006-2008), the University of Cambridge (Centre of International Studies, 2008) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Institute of European Studies, 2008-2009).

During his academic career, Dr Kienzle has been eager to maintain close links with the world of practitioners: He has gained work experience at the UN Headquarters in New York (UN-DPADM), at the Secretariat of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels and at IGADI (Instituto Galego de Análise i Documentació Internacional), a Spanish think-tank.

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