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Nick Vaughan-Williams

Nick Vaughan-Williams is Professor of International Security and Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. In 2015 he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for research in Politics and International Studies. He holds degrees in Modern History from the University of Oxford (BA Hons, MA Oxon) and in International Relations from the University of Warwick (MA) and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (PhD); he is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He is founding Co-Editor of the Routledge Interventions book series and is on the Political Geography Editorial Board.

Nick's programme of research focuses on the international politics of border security; the changing nature, location, and impact of borders particularly in the European context; and bordering practices as a lens to examine questions relating to sovereignty, migration, identity, violence, and the everyday politics of inclusion and exclusion. He is author of Europe's Border Crisis (Oxford University Press, 2015, 2017) (reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement) and Border Politics (Edinburgh University Press, 2009, 2012) (Gold Winner, Association for Borderlands Studies Book Award); co-author of Everyday Security Threats (Manchester University Press, 2016) and Critical Security Studies (Routledge, 2010, 2015); and co-editor of 5 books (see Publications).

Nick's research has been funded by the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and the Leverhulme Trust. It has been published in journals including British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of International Relations, European Journal of International Security, International Political Sociology, Political Geography, Review of International Studies, and Security Dialogue. He has supervised 8 PhDs to successful completion and examined a further 12 PhD theses; he is currently a mentor for 4 post-doctoral Research Fellows.

From 2010 to 2015 he was Director of the MA in International Relations in PAIS.

Research website


Google Scholar profile

Externally-funded research projects

  • (2018-21) The Leverhulme Trust, 'The EU's Contested Forms of Border Governance in the Mediterranean Sea' (£78,447.00), Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship awarded to Maurice Stierl (Mentor).
  • (2018-21) The Leverhulme Trust, 'The Enemy Inside the Gates: Anti-Elite Hostility and the Political Agency of the "Everyday" in Europe and the US' (£84,505.00) Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship awarded to Georg Lofflmann (Mentor).
  • (2016-19) The Leverhulme Trust, 'Everyday Narratives of European Border Security and Insecurity' (2015 Philip Leverhulme Prize in Politics and International Relations, PLP-2015-081, £100,000.00) (Principal Investigator), with Georg Lofflmann (RA). Project website.
  • (2015-17) Economic and Social Research Council, 'Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat: Mapping and Documenting Migratory Journeys and Experiences' (ES/N013646/1, £161,524.00) (Co-Investigator), with Vicki Squire (PI), Dallal Stevens, Angeliki Dimitriadi, and Maria Pisani. Project website.
  • (2013-15) Economic and Social Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Dstl, 'Science and Security: Research Impact and Co-Production of Knowledge' (ES/K011367/1, £120,832.00) (Co-Investigator), with Jon Coaffee (PI), Stuart Croft, George Christou, and Oz Hassan. Project website.
  • (2012-13) Economic and Social Research Council, 'Public Perceptions of Threat in Britain: Security in an Age of Austerity' (ES/J004596/1, £99,960.40) (Co-Investigator), with Daniel Stevens (PI). Project website.
  • (2011) British Academy-National Science Foundation Taiwan, 'European-East Asian Critical Border Studies' (JP100035, £8,000.00) (Principal Investigator), with Joyce C. H. Liu.
  • (2007-8) British Academy, 'Lines in the Sand? Non-Territorial Bordering Practices in Global Politics' (SG-50847, £5,530.00) (Principal Investigator), with Noel Parker.
  • (2003-6) Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, 'Border Studies Research Studentship' (fees and maintenance), Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.


Professor of International Security & Head of Department




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