BUCSIS Research Programme

BUCSIS has a vibrant programme of active research currently being undertaken in a range of topics related to UK, European and Global Security and Intelligence. We offer research degrees both at Master’s level and PhD level. Our research programme is headed by Professor Julian Richards. Supervision is also provided by Dr Bill Kappis and Dr. Melina Dobson.

We are always looking for interesting new research proposals, and prospective candidates are welcome to approach Professor Richards with ideas in the first instance, by emailing julian.richards@buckingham.ac.uk.

More information on studying for a PhD in the Department of Economics and International Studies.


  • Muhammad Tahir Mahmood is researching the judicial system, security and intelligence agencies and counter-terrorism in Pakistan under the question of “The Role of the Judicial System and Law Enforcement Agencies in Combating Terrorism”
  • Bryony Norburn is working on intelligence history and Bletchley Park, researching the role that women played at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.
  • Richard Hallows is researching cybersecurity policy in the UK.
  • Diva Patang Wardak is conducting an evaluation of Afghanistan’s new intelligence agency, the NDS.
  • Andreja Bogdanovski is currently examining the reasons behind states’ involvement in the process of securing ecclesiastical independence in the Eastern Orthodox Church, with special reference to the churches in North Macedonia, Montenegro and Ukraine.

Successful graduates


  • Megan Munroe (PhD): A morphological analysis of sporting mega-even security policy
  • Randy Wilson (PhD): Police intelligence in a counter-insurgency.  Read more about Randy’s experiences.


  • Twana Bawa (PhD): The privatisation of security in the Kurdish region of Iraq


  • Eugene Eji (PhD): Terrorism in Nigeria: Threats, responses and strategy
  • Tony Percy (PhD): Liberal Democracy under Stress: the Oxford Mind and the Threat of Totalitarianism
  • Edmar Salem (PhD): Female Suicide Bombers: a Comparative Study of Public Attitudes within the Conflicts of Iraq, Israel/Palestine, and Sri Lanka
  • Giles Wollenmann (PhD): Liberal Intolerance: Applying Borum’s phase model to help identify an in-group’s susceptibility towards ideological development
  • Mohamed Salem (PhD): Iran and Threat Perception in the Arabian Gulf: A Case Study of the UAE


  • Olamide Samuel (PhD): Analysis of national security culture in Nigeria


  • Andreas Banoutsos (PhD): Greece Unscathed by Jihadism


Reflections on my Research degree studies at BUCSIS


BUCSIS is an associate member of the European Doctoral School on the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)