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Payne, Dr Kenneth

Senior Lecturer

Dr Ken Payne

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0) 1793 788067

Research Interests
  • International Relations Theory, especially political psychology
  • Strategic Studies
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Technology and strategy, especially Artificial Intelligence

Dr Kenneth Payne joined the department in January 2009. His research is on evolutionary psychology and strategy, and he is currently writing his fourth book, which considers the ways in which evolved sex differences shape modern foreign policymaking. This research is part of a wider project about the role of human psychology in strategic 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.

A senior member of St Antony’s College, Oxford, Dr Payne was earlier a research associate at that university's Centre for International Studies, and before that, a visiting fellow Department of Politics and International Relations.

Before returning to academia, Dr Payne was a BBC News producer, working for its Panorama World at One and PM programmes. His PhD, on the security policymaking of the first-term Clinton administration, is from the University of Essex. His MPhil in International Relations is from University College, Oxford. As an undergraduate Dr Payne read Economics and Geography at UCL.

PhD Supervision

Dr Payne is happy to supervisie PhD students in the following subject areas:

  • Political psychology
  • Strategic studies
  • Foreign policy decision-making
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Artificial intelligence


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