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Professor Didier Bigo

Professor of International Relations 

Didier BigoDepartment of War Studies

Room K6.08a

King's College London

Strand, London. WC2R 2LS

Tel: 020 7848 1360





I am Professor of International Relations at Sciences-Po, Paris and researcher at the Center for International Studies and Research/National Foundation of Political Science (CERI/FNSP).  I was scientific coordinator of the CHALLENGE project on the Changing Landscape of Liberty and Security in Europe, supported by 4.5m euro under FP6, and with 23 academic partners, running from 2005-10. I was also CI on the INEX project (2011-14), focussing on critical infrastructure, mobility and traceability at the borders and beyond, with 1.25m funding under FP7 and 7 academic partners. In addition, I led the King's contribution to the FP7 funded SAPIENT Consortium, which has explored the human consequences of new surveillance technologies. This too produced a number of interdisciplinary outputs, including, Bigo, ‘Sorting out smart surveillance,’ Computer Law & Security Review 26 (2010).

Research Interests

My research interests cover:

  • Security and liberty, biometrics identifiers and databases
  • Antiterrorist policies in Europe after September 11 2001
  • Merging of internal security and external security
  • Migrants and refugees in Europe
  • Critical security studies
  • International Political Sociology

I am the editor of the quarterly journal, Cultures & Conflicts, published by l'Harmattan and the co-editor of the journal International Political Sociology published by ISA and Blackwell and editor of C&C.

I have published extensively in the field of sociology of mobilisation and conflict, sociology of policing and armies at the European level, frontiers and visas, international relations theory.

For a list of publications, please see my Research Portal page or download the following document : Didier Bigo's publications


I teach and convene the following MA modules:

  • 7SSWm033 Interdisciplinary Approach to (In)security
PhD Supervison

I will consider PhD supervision in the following broad areas:

  • International Political Sociology
  • Bourdieu, Foucault and other continental European theorists and their impact on IR
  • Critical (in)security studies : terror, fear, risk, unease and logic of management
  • Professional of politics and emergence of transnational expert networks
  • Surveillance studies : relations between liberty, mobility, traceability, technology, prevention and security
  • International and European policing, intelligence, border guards networks
  • The de-differentiation of war, peace, policing, social order
  • Anti terrorist policies, data bases and privacy.
  • Freedom of movement, diasporas, borders crossing, social movement and resistances

More information about PhD supervision can be found here.

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