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Dr Basil Germond FHEA FRGS


Basil Germond

County South

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YL

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594252

Office Hours:

Monday 1200-1400 or by appointment

DL students: please contact me


Research overview

I am Lecturer in Diplomacy, Foreign Policy and International Relations Theories, and Programme Director for our MAs in Diplomacy (including distance-learning). I am specialised in naval affairs, maritime security and maritime geopolitics, as well as in European security and the geopolitical actorness of the EU.

My research interests cover the maritime dimension of the European Union, maritime security, current naval developments, maritime strategy and maritime geopolitics, the European Union's geopolitics (including its geopolitical vision and discourse), energy security and the Arctic region, and borders and frontiers in IR.

I am a member of the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) with a research project that tackles maritime security and piracy discourses in Europe, and of Security Lancaster (contribution to projects on maritime security).


PhD supervision

-Maritime security and Maritime/Naval affairs
-European Security
-The EU's geopolitical actorness
-Geopolitical discourses and Critical geopolitics
-Borders and frontiers in IR

Current PhD supervisions:

-Lee Turpin - ESRC-funded (NWDTC)
“Realist Constructivism as a framework for analysis: the European Security and Defence Policy”

-Andrew Taylor - ESRC-funded (NWDTC)
“Maritime Strategy in the age of denial of visibility”

-Emma Williams - FASS Scholarship
“The Implications of Cultural Grounding on Negotiation: Towards a Theoretical Framework”

-Wasiu Balogun - Petroleum Technology Development Fund Scholarship (PTDF)
“The Implications of crude oil theft, illegal fuel trading and oil piracy in the Gulf of Guinea”

-Wai Shun Chan - Self-funded
“The Revival of Portal Diplomacy”


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

Professional Role

Departmental roles

- Distance-learning Director

- Member of the Richardson Institute Management Committee

- Programme Director for the MA programmes in Diplomacy (campus-based and distance-learning)

Faculty role

- Member of the Undergraduate Course Committee

External affiliations

- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)

- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

- Research Fellow, Centre for European Security, University of Salford

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

- Associate Fellow, Centre for Sustainable Development, 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 work on the maritime security and piracy discourses in Europe.

3) Within Security Lancaster, I contribute to maritime security projects.

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

Current Teaching


POLI.100 Section 4: "Principles of International Relations"


I am the course convenor for the following postgraduate modules:

PPR.410 Major Approaches to the Study of International Relations (+ PPR.410D - distance learning)

PPR.430 Theories and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (+ PPR.430D - distance learning)

PPR.431 Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (+ PPR.431D - distance learning)

Programme Director

I am Programme Director for our Masters in Diplomacy:

-MA in Diplomacy and International Relations (Distance-learning)

-MA/LLM in Diplomacy and International Law (Distance-learning)

-MA in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (Campus-based)

-MA/LLM in Diplomacy and International Law (Campus-based)

-MA in Diplomacy and Religion (Campus-based)

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