School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature


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Dr Patricia Shamai

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) International Relations and Strategic Studies, MSc International Relations and Security Studies (Selected to spend a year studying abroad at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA), PhD. Politics and International Relations, PGCLTHE and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in International Relations
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2209
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  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Completed a PhD at The University of Southampton entitled ‘The Stigmatisation of Certain Contemporary Weapons of War: Its Origins, Evolution and Development’.  Main areas of interest are US and UK national security and foreign policy, focusing on issues of chemical, biological and nuclear counter proliferation and terrorism,  nuclear non-proliferation, arms control and energy security issues.  

Outside of academia, worked for over 8 years for the UK National Health Service.

Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate Units: Level 6 Tutor, ECF Officer and Unit Co-ordinator: Conflict and Disaster (Level 5) and Introduction to International Relations: States, Conflict and Cooperation (Level4).  Also teach units in: International Politics, Strategic and Security Studies, Global Issues, Current Political Issues.

Supervise dissertations addressing arms control and security issues, energy security, UK defence policy, international terrorism, US foreign policy and international relations. 

Postgraduate: MA Research Programme: Academic Practice at Masters Level 


Research Clusters

  • International Development Studies and Security Issues

Discipline Areas

  • International Relations

Current Research Projects

I am currently working on a number of articles related to my PhD thesis which I intend to submit for publication: 

1) I am writing a synopsis of my research into an article which I would like to submit to the journal International Organisation.

2) I am also writing a small article for the journal Arms Control Today.  This article would provide a condensed synopsis of my research and highlight the relevance of this as a tool to address future issues relating to the proliferation and use of WMD.

It is also my aim to turn my thesis into a manuscript. I have been in contact with the publishers Palgrave who have indicated an interest in my research.


Research profile

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