Ciaran Gillespie

Dr Ciaran Gillespie

Teaching Fellow in International Politics/Placement and Exchange Coordinator
PhD, Msc, BA (Hons)
29A AP 01
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Ciaran is a Teaching Fellow speacialising in international politics and security. His background is in the critical analysis of security policy with a focus on understanding intervention from the perspective of sub-state populations. His PhD thesis was an exploration of the impact of US military aid on human security in Pakistan. He is interested in research on foreign policy and political violence, looking particularly the efficacy of foreign intervention and its impact on security.

He currently teaches on subjects relating to American Foreign Policy, Critical Security and Terrorism Studies and Theories of International Relations.

Research interests

Conflict measurement methodologies, human security, peace research/conflict resolution strategies, political economy of armed conflict, arms sales, US foreign policy.


POL1013 Introduction to International Relations

POL3065 American Foreign Policy

POL3066 Critical Terrorism Studies

POLM013 Theories of International Relations

POLM029 Critical Studies in Security and Terrorism

Departmental duties

Ciaran is the senior placement tutor for the department, overseeing the Professional Training Year Scheme for politics students. For more information on the program please e-mail Ciaran or visit the Department's PTY website.


British International Studies Association

International Studies Association


Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship, University of Surrey 2011-14

BISA Founders Fund Award 2015


Postgraduate research supervision

My teaching

My publications


Ciaran Gillespie (2019) Virtual Humanity—Access, Empathy and Objectivity in VR Film Making, Global Society, DOI: 10.1080/13600826.2019.1656173



For Better or Worse? The Complex Impact of U.S. Security Assistance on Human Security in Mexico and Pakistan w/ Paul Ashby (Working Paper)

Aid and the Oroburus: US Foreign Military Assistance and Human Security in Pakistan (Working Paper)

Buddies, Bargains, Bribes: A Historical Typography of Military Aid Strategies (Working Paper)

Her Brand is Malalai: Gender & the War on Terror's Education Narratives (Working Paper)

The Three Faces of Human Security: Critical Responses and Conceptualisations of Power (Working Paper)

IR in VR: The Potential Impact of Emergent Visual Technologies on Conflict Coverage (Working Paper)

Terrorism and the Search for Justice in South Africa (Critical Terrorism Studies, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Volume 6 Issue 3, 2013)

The FARC: The Longest Insurgency by Gary Leech (Review article for Journal of International Relations Research, Issue 1, January 2012)

Conferences/Panels Organised:

Panel: Helping Others to Help Defend Themselves? Impacts, Outcomes and Externalities in US Security Assistance Policy - British International Studies Association Annual Conference, Brighton, 2017

Conference: International Intervention- The Future, ESRC Funded Mini Conference, Surrey 2016

Panel: The Growing Role of Security Assistance in U.S. Hegemony? British International Studies Association Annual Conference, 2016

Conference: On the Receiving End of Intervention: Methods in Human Security, Institute for Advanced Studies Conference, Surrey 2014.