Our Experts

Our Researchers and Teachers

Klaus Dodds
Professor of Geography

Klaus is Professor of Geopolitics and Director of the Politics, Development and Sustainability research group. His areas of specialism are geopolitics and security and in particular popular geopolitics and the international politics of the Polar Regions. He has worked with UK government departments such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and acted in the past as a specialist adviser for the House of
Lords Select Committee on the Arctic.

Peter Adey
Professor in Geography

Peter is programme director of the MSc in Geopolitics and Security and Professor of Human Geography. His areas of specialism are to be found in the relationship between mobility and security, focusing especially on aerial subjects, spaces and materials; military cultures; and the way that emergencies are governed in the context of uncertain futures.

Alasdair Pinkerton
Senior Lecturer in Geopolitics

Alasdair is a lecturer in Geography and Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research principally focuses on issues relating to international communications, conceptions of public/cultural diplomacy, while critically addressing the strategic redeployment of international broadcasting resources post-9/11.

Rikke Bjerg Jensen
Post-Doctoral Researcher

Rikke is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Geography and the School of Law, Royal Holloway University of London. Her research positions itself in the intersection of media, geopolitics and security, focusing on the mediatisation of defence, conflict and crisis and with particular interests in the Middle East and the North Atlantic region.

Pip Thornton
Phd Researcher

Pip Thornton is an EPSRC funded PhD student in Geopolitics and Cyber Security. Pip’s research interests are in military geographies and in the agencies and implications of search algorithms. Pip’s thesis is titled Language in the Age of Algorithmic Reproduction and she also has a research blog http://linguisticgeographies.com/

Andreas Haggman
Phd Researcher

Andreas is a PhD researcher in Royal Holloway’s Cyber Security Centre for Doctoral Training. His thesis is about wargaming cyber attacks. His wider research interests lie at the intersection of policy and technology, particularly: cyber security strategies, weaponised code proliferation, and cyber forces recruitment.

Rachael Squire
Phd Researcher

Rachael is a PhD student in Geopolitics and Security. Her research interests center around the geopolitics of undersea space with a specific focus on undersea habitats and Navy experimental diving during the Cold War. More broadly, Rachael is interested in the intersections between extreme environments and the body, subterranean geopolitics, and ideas pertaining to ‘territorial volume’.

Steve Hersee
Phd Researcher

Steve is a PhD student from Royal Holloway’s Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security. He is studying the construction of cyberspace as a threatening place and the impact that this has on different actors. In particular he is focusing on the digital rights movement, the state, social media companies and the Television show ‘Hunted’.

Nick Robinson
Phd Researcher

Nick is a PhD student in Royal Holloway’s Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security. His research interests focus on initiatives such as Estonian e-Residency and the Estonian Virtual Data Embassy, and their impact upon our conventional understandings of nation-state, border and embassy.

Elizabeth Alexander
Phd Researcher

Elizabeth is a cross-departmental PhD researcher in Political Geography and Politics & International Relations. She focuses on topics related to materiality, political identity and place. Her thesis project is titled ‘From the angle of the ship: Material entanglements in the production of political identity,’

Daniela Sampaio
PhD Researcher

Daniela is a PhD candidate at the International Relations Institute, Universidade de São Paulo, and a visiting PhD student at the Department of Geography, Royal Holloway University of London, funded by the Brazilian National Council for the Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). Her research interests are Antarctic Politics and Governance, focusing on how sovereignty and cooperation constitute Antarctic practices. Daniela is a former trainee at the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat (2015), and advisor for the 38th and 39th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings.