Ken Booth

Photograph of Ken Booth.

Senior Research Associate President, David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies

BA University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
PhD University College of Wales, Aberystwyth


Phone: +44 (0)1970 622694
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622709
Office: 3.13


Former E.H. Carr Professor and Head of Department.  Former Chair and President of the British International Studies Association, and present Vice-President.  Visiting positions at the US Naval War College, Dalhousie University (Canada), Cambridge University, University of Southern California, Antwerp University.  Fellowships: FBA, AcSS, FRSA.  Current editor of International Relations, previously on the editorial team of the Review of International Studies.  International Editorial Board member of seven journals.  Papers and addresses given in nearly 30 countries.  Twice served on the HEFC RAE panel for Politics and International Studies.  Recipient of the Susan Strange Award from the International Studies Association, Montreal, 2004.   


Main research areas in the past (until the mid-1980s): strategic studies with special reference to nuclear weapons, disarmament and arms control, naval strategy, and security in Europe.  Main research areas since the mid-1980s: the theory and practice of security, international relations theory, human rights, nuclear disarmament, and security in Africa.  Current projects include: realism and critical theory, an intellectual biography of John Herz, food and water security in Africa, the future of global security.




Booth, K. 2008. Theory of World Security., Cambridge University Press Cadair Other


Booth, K., Wheeler, N. 2008. Rethinking the Security Dilemma. P. Williams (Eds.) Security Studies: An Introduction., Taylor & Francis pp. 131-150. Cadair Other



Booth, K., Wheeler, N. 2007. The Security Dilemma: Fear, Cooperation, and Trust in World Politics., Palgrave Macmillan Cadair Other



Booth, K. 2005. Critical Security Studies and World Politics., Lynne Rienner Publishers Cadair Other



Dunne, T., Booth, K. 2002. Worlds in Collision: Terror and the Future of Global Order., Palgrave Macmillan Cadair