Patricia Shamai
  • King Henry 1 Street, Park Building

    PO1 2DZ Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

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I am happy to offer Mres and PhD supervision within the areas of: UK and US security and defence, Nuclear non-proliferation and deterrence, chemical and biological counter proliferation measures and arms control. Emerging weapons technologies and normative prohibitions.

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Biography

I started working at Portsmouth as a lecturer in 2011, I became a senior lecturer in 2013. Prior to this, I completed a PhD at The University of Southampton entitled ‘The Stigmatisation of Certain Contemporary Weapons of War: Its Origins, Evolution and Development’.  Outside of academia I have worked for 8 years within the National Health Service.  

 

Research Interests

My research interests relate to the challenges of preventing the use and proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.  I have published and presented at national and international conferences on this.       

My research lies principally within three strands of security and defence:

Firstly, I have focused upon the norms associated with WMD, specifically, the concept of a stigma, questioning how and why these weapons remain distinct (legally) from other methods of warfare.

My second strand of research relates to the conceptualisation of deterrence in the 21st century. This addresses the development of new, innovative modes of warfare which cross over the boundaries of civilian and military activity.  My research examines the challenges and issues associated with this.  I am interested in exploring new and innovative ways to enhance collaboration between military, academic and policy professionals within my field.  I am a member of a number of organisations and groups which seek to address this. 

The third strand of my research explores barriers to collaboration associated with the issues of gender equality and diversity amongst the Security community. I am keen to explore how inequalities can impact upon the formation of deterrence policy.  Within my role at Portsmouth, I am the Equality and Diversity Lead for my School.  I have completed training in this area and I have been using my skills and knowledge gained from this work to enhance my research. 

I teach principally on the themes of international relations, security and defence.

 

I am happy to offer Mres and PhD supervision within the areas of:

  • UK and US security and defence, Nuclear non-proliferation and deterrence, chemical and biological counter proliferation measures and arms control. Emerging weapons technologies and normative prohibitions.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., University of Southampton

Award Date: 20 Jun 2011

Master of Science, University of Southampton

Award Date: 20 Jul 1999

BA (Hons), Lancaster University

Award Date: 22 Jun 1998

External positions

Athena Swan Assessor (Humanities and Social Sciences), Equality Challenge Unit

1 Sep 2015 → …

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