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Centre for Science & Security Studies

Centre for Science & Security Studies

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The Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) is a multi-disciplinary research and teaching group that brings together scientific experts  with specialists in politics, international relations and history. CSSS forms part of the School of Security Studies at King’s and draws on experts from the Department of War Studies and the Department of Defence Studies. Members of the Centre conduct scholarly and policy-relevant research on weapons proliferation, non-proliferation, verification and disarmament, nuclear security, space security and mass effect terrorism including the CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) dimension. In addition to academic staff, CSSS host masters and postgraduate research students, as well as visiting fellows and associates drawn from the academic, government and business sectors.

Three Masters Programmes are run within CSSS, an MA in Science and Security (launched 2005), an MA in Non-Proliferation and International Security. (launched 2012) and an MA in Arms Control and International Security (launched 2016). A significant emphasis is also placed on engagement with industry, government and international organisations, and the wider dissemination of research findings through interaction with the media. These activities include executive education and specialised professional development courses for practitioners with a focus on supporting the implementation of nuclear security measures and efforts to counter proliferation-related trade.

The Centre organises conferences and hosts a regular seminar series where internal and external speakers address issues related to science and security. For forthcoming events check the War Studies and CSSS events page.


CSSS was created through a capacity building grant from the John D. and Catherine C. MacArthur Foundation in 2003. The Centre continues to benefit from MacArthur support with the most recent grant awarded in 2016. CSSS has also received funding to support research, outreach and practitioner engagement activities from a wide range of other sources. These include the Leverhulme Trust, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the UK Ministry of Defence, the UK Department of Business and Industrial Strategy, the US State Department, the European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency.



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