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Professor Malcolm Chalmers

Visiting professor

 Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI),
61 Whitehall,
Tel: +44 44(0)20 7747 2602
Fax +44 (0) 7747 2636 
Since leaving the Foreign Office in 2007, Professor Chalmers has been based at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), where he is conducting research on UK security policy.  Malcolm Chalmers joined the Department part-time as Professor of Defence and Foreign Policy in October 2008. In November 2008, he gave oral evidence to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee enquiry into non-proliferation.

Areas of expertise

  • UK Foreign and Security Policy
  • Conflict Prevention 
  • Arms control
  • International burden sharing
  • The economics of defence 


Malcolm Chalmers has a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge, an MA in Development Economics (with Distinction) from the University of East Anglia, and a PhD in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford.

Malcolm Chalmers is currently on leave from the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, where he is Professor of International Politics. He was previously Special Adviser to Foreign Secretaries Jack Straw MP and Margaret Beckett MP. He has been an economist in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Government of Botswana, Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Security and Arms Control, Stanford University, and Senior Consulting Fellow, International Institute for Strategic Studies. During 2005-2008, he was a member of the Higher Education Funding Council’s Sub-Panel for Politics and International Studies.

Doctoral supervision

Professor Chalmers is prepared to consider PhD supervision in the following broad areas:
  • UK foreign and security policy
  • Arms control
  • The political economy of security
  • Defence economics


Professor Chalmers' monograph Global Inequality and Security Policy: A British Perspective was published by RUSI in May 2008. Forthcoming publications include studies of UK foreign policy since 1997, options for UK defence policy, and the international nuclear arms control agenda. He is planning to write a book on UK foreign policy.

A full list of publications is at: Chalmers publications
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