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Dr Basil Germond FHEA FRGS

Senior Lecturer

Basil Germond

County South



Tel: +44 1524 594252

Office Hours:

Monday 1330-1530 or by appointment (County South, Room B50)

Research overview

I am Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Director of Postgraduate Studies (Taught). I am specialised in naval affairs, seapower, maritime security and ocean governance.

Prior to my coming to Lancaster in 2011, I was Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford (CCW programme) and Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews. I got my PhD from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva.

My research interests cover the maritime dimension of the European Union, maritime security, maritime strategy and maritime geopolitics, the concept of seapower, ocean governance, climate change dimensions in maritime security, the European Union's geopolitics (including its geopolitical vision, actorness and discourse), and frontiers in IR.

I am a member of the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) with projects that tackle maritime security narrative, and of Security Lancaster (contribution to projects on maritime security).

PhD supervision

Maritime/naval affairs; ocean governance; the concept of seapower


MA, MRes, PhD (University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International Studies), PGCAP (Lancaster), FHEA, FRGS

Professional Role

Since 2011, I have designed, developed and managed our MA programmes in Diplomacy as well as various new distance-learning MA programmes. I have now taken over the role of Director of postgraduate taught studies. I am involved in academic standards and quality control at various levels of governance.

Departmental roles

- Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies

- Chair of PPR Postgraduate Teaching Committee

- Member of PPR Management Committee

Faculty role

- Member of the Undergraduate Course Committee

- Member of the Postgraduate Studies Committee (ex officio)

University role

- Member of the Standing Committee on Academic Regulations

External affiliations

- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)

- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

- Associate Researcher, the Pierre du Bois Foundation for Current History, Switzerland

- Associate Fellow, Centre for Sustainable Development, UCLan

- PG External examiner (UCLan)

- Member of the editorial board of the Romanian Review of European Governance Studies

Current Research

1) In 2014, I completed a monograph on the maritime dimension of European security: Seapower and the European Union (Palgrave Macmillan, May 2015).

2) Within the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), ESRC-funded, I have worked on the EU's 'comprehensive approach' narrative, and I currently work on climate change and maritime security narrative.

3) My next monograph (work in progess) discusses the concept and practice of post-modern and neo-modern seapower.

4) I am currently working on the conceptualisation of ocean governance and the placefulness of the sea, and the implications for the discipline of IR.

5) I work on an inter-disciplinary project on the dependencies and synergistic links between climate change and maritime security (IR and natural science).

Current Teaching

PPR.410 Major Approaches to the Study of International Relations 

PPR.430 Theories and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy 

PPR.431 Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

PhD Supervisions Completed

Andrew Taylor (viva 2017), Maritime Strategy in the Era of Control and Denial of Visibility, ESRC funded, Forthwith award of PhD.

Lee Turpin (viva 2017), Developing and utilising a Realist-Constructivist analytical framework towards understanding the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy, ESRC funded.

Wasiu Balogun (viva 2018), Crude Oil Theft, Petro-Piracy and Illegal Trade in Fuel: An Enterprise-Value Chain Perspective of Energy-Maritime Crime in the Gulf of Guinea, PTDF funded, Co-supervised with Dr Marsden.

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