University of Exeter professor whose work has been concerned with the negotiated management of information in areas of public controversy.
In past years this has involved examining how the responsible stewardship of the life sciences can be ensured in order to avoid civilian research being used to intentionally spread disease.
He has also been active in examining and participating in attempts to enhance the humanitarian restrictions governing the conduct of war.
Because much of his research takes place in security and diplomatic communities, where questions of disclosure and concealment loom large, he has as of late turned to reflecting on the methodological issues associated with investigating and writing about secrecy.
This in turn has led to questions of silences and absences: how some issues don’t get considered, how some concerns go unsaid, what grievances never get formed, what paths in social and political life are never pursued, and so on.