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Rogan Collins


I am a final-year PhD candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. I hold a First-Class BA (Hons) in History and Politics from the University of Exeter (2008-2011) and an MA with Distinction in International Security from the University of Warwick (2011-12).



The (Bio)Politics of Technology in an Age of Drone Warfare: Violence, Ethics, and the Enframing of Life

My thesis seeks to ascertain what is at stake in the use of drones in contemporary warfare for understanding the relationship between (human) life and technology. I engage with an array of continental political theory, and particularly the later work of Martin Heidegger, in order to explore the ways in which unmanned technologies might be implicated in the changing spatial/temporal relations of modern warfare, blurring typical ethical distinctions between those lives defined as 'victims', '(non)combatants', 'civilians' or 'terrorists'. Through my work I seek to render problematic conventional distinctions between technology and the human subject in two key ways: firstly, by analysing how "human life" can be understood to be increasingly produced and managed through the biopolitical techniques of security; and secondly, by highlighting how technological rationalities increasingly define the ethics of war in terms that reduce life to a disposable resource.

My main research interests are:

  • Poststructuralist approaches to international relations and security.
  • Biopolitics, and particularly the biopolitics of technology.
  • Military deployments and testing of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or other robotic/intelligent machines.
  • The relationship between ethics, politics and (in)security.
  • Materiality and political subjectivity.
  • Borders, particularly in relation to human/non-human dichotomies.
  • The relationship between notions of sovereignty, spatiality, (extra)territoriality and temporality.
  • The politics of art, photography and film.
  • Continental philosophy and particularly the work of Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben.


My research is funded by the University of Warwick's Chancellor's Scholarship (2012-2015).


Dr. Nick Vaughan-Williams (PAIS, University of Warwick)

Dr. Vicki Squire (PAIS, University of Warwick)

Other Roles

For 2013, I was the co-convenor for the Critical International and Political Studies (CRIPS) Graduate Working Group. (click here for more information).

In 2013/14 I led 2 x seminar groups on the first-year undergraduate module PO131: World Politics.

I was co-organiser for the 2014 Aberystwyth-Lancaster Graduate Colloquium held at the University of Warwick between 4-6 June 2014.

Member of the Authority and Political Technologies network at the University of Warwick.

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Rogan Collins

Rogan dot Collins at warwick dot ac dot uk