School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature


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Dr Edward Stoddard

  • Qualifications: BA International Relations with Languages - First class, MA European Studies - Distinction , PgDip Social Research Methods - Distinction, PhD in International Relations (University of Portsmouth)
  • Role Title: Subject Leader, Politics and International Relations
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
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  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am a Lecturer in International Relations and Contemporary Security at the University of Portsmouth. My research lies principally in two areas of Security Studies: authoritarianism and security and natural resources and security.

At Portsmouth, I am a member of the Transnational Europe and Francophone Africa CEISR research clusters and part of the Strategic project on Experts and Expertise. Externally, I am a member of the UACES Collaborative Research Network (CRN) on European energy policy and a member of the West Africa Peace and Security Network (WAPSN). 

I am also a fellow of the West Africa Institute (WAI) in Praia, Cape Verde and of the the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach principally on the themes of security and strategy, regionalism and security, jihadism and counter jihadism and energy security (amongst other areas). I teach on the following units –


  • International Politics
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • International Relations Theory
  • Global Political Economy
  • Policy and Politics
  • Current Political Issues


  • Europe in the Wold
  • Contemporary Security in International Relations
  • Challenges to EU Politics and Governance


1. The main area of my current research focuses on the regional responses to violent and non-violent sub-state challenges to (semi)authoritarian rule in Eurasia, the Gulf and West Africa. Between 2014 and 2015 I was a fellow at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin researching 'protective regionalism' in Eurasia, the Gulf and West Africa. This research focused on the regional strategies that authoritarian states use to stay in power in the face of sub-state (predominantly non-violent challenges). The project has since evolved to take into account regional responses to both non-violent and violent sub-state challenges (such as Jihadist organisations and insurgencies).

2. The second area of my research focuses on the intersection between political economy and security and on the issue of energy security in particular. This has involved looking at political risk in natural resource-rich markets and European involvement in resource-rich regions. My doctoral research concentrated specifically on EU energy policy in the Caspian, examining the relationships between EU actors and market players, the nature of EU energy governance and diplomacy in the Caspian and the interaction between EU foreign energy policy and the risk-mitigation strategies employed by energy businesses.

I am happy to offer PhD and MRes supervision in any of the above areas.

Research clusters

  • Transnational Europe
  • Security, Citizenship and Social Justice

Research profile

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