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Chris Hobbs

Prof, Professor

  • Professor of Science and International Security, War Studies
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Research interests

  • Nuclear Security
  • WMD Proliferation and Counter-proliferation
  • CBRN Terrorism and Counter-terrorism
  • Insider Threats
  • Security Culture
  • Nuclear Smuggling and Radiation Detection for Border Monitoring
  • Open source intelligence (OSINT)

Biographical details

Christopher Hobbs is Professor in Science and International Security within the Department of War Studies (DWS) and Director of the King’s Institute for Applied Security Studies (KIASS). A scientist by training he holds a PhD in physics from the University of London and a MPhys from Oxford University. He has served as Programme Director for the UK’s Nuclear Security Culture Programme (NSCP) since its inception in 2014.

His research focuses on bridging the gap between policy and practice in the areas of nuclear security, non-proliferation and open source intelligence (OSINT). Taking an interdisciplinary approach using tools and frameworks from the natural and social sciences, he has sought to explore the implementation of security at the operational level. His work has involved frequent collaboration with practitioners, in international organisations, government and industry, both to gather research data for his research and to ensure real-world impact.

Professor Hobbs’ work is supported by a number of large grants from funders that have included the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the US State Department and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

He is a member of the Executive Advisory Board for the International Nuclear Security Forum (INSF), Associate Fellow of Advance HE and former Chair of the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, Ab-initio Studies of Reactive Molecules on Surfaces, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006

Master of Physics, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002


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