Project Staff

Prof. Andrew Futter

Principal investigator

Dr Cameron Hunter

Research Associate

Dr Olamide Samuel

Research Associate

Dr Benjamin Zala

International expert, and Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University

Krupesh Mistry

Research Support Administrator

Anum A Khan

Doctoral Researcher

Project Associates

Dr Bleddyn Bowen

Bleddyn is an academic expert in space warfare and astropolitics, and the author of War in Space: Strategy, Spacepower, Geopolitics, published by Edinburgh University Press.

Dr James Johnson

James is a Lecturer in Strategic Studies in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen. James is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the University of Leicester and a Mid-Career Cadre with the Center for Strategic Studies (CSIS) Project on Nuclear Issues.

Dr Clare Stevens

Clare is an expert in cybersecurity politics and the contemporary security issues of digital technologies in international security. Her current research interests concern government secrecy in cyber operations, and putting them into historical and grand strategic context.

Anuradha Damale

Anu is a Doctoral Research at Leicester and a Policy Fellow at the British Information Security Council. She is also the UK Director of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security​

Dr Ann George

Ann is an Honorary Research Fellow and University Teacher at the University of Sheffield.

Dr Mansoor Ahmed

Mansoor is a Visiting Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI).

Harry Spencer

Harry is a Senior Operational Analyst and former Postgraduate Scholar of the University of Birmingham. An Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Leicester, his research focuses on nuclear strategy and warfighting, missile defence operations, and emerging military technologies. Harry also currently sits on the executive boards of both British Pugwash and Student/Young Pugwash UK.

Project Advisory Board

Lord Des Browne (Chair)

Lord Browne is a former UK Secretary of State for Defence and current Vice President of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and Vice Chairman of the European Leadership Network.

Dr Benoît Pelopidas

Benoît is the founding director of the “Nuclear Knowledges” program at Sciences Po (CERI) (formerly chair of excellence in security studies) and an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University

Dr Vipin Narang

Vipin is the Frank Stanton Professor of Nuclear Security and Political Science and member of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Shatabhisha Shetty

Shata is Director of the APLN and Co-Founder and Former Deputy Director of the European Leadership Network

Dr James Acton

James Acton holds the Jessica T. Mathews Chair and is co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Professor Paul Bracken

Paul Bracken is Professor of Management and Political Science at Yale

Dr Raji Pillai Rajagopalan

Dr Rajeswari (Raji) Pillai Rajagopalan is the Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology (CSST) at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. 

Professor Keir Leiber

Keir Lieber is Director of the Center for Security Studies and Security Studies Program, and Professor in the School of Foreign Service and Department of Government at Georgetown University.

Dr Tong Zhou

Dr Tong Zhou is a Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, based in Beijing.