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Dr Basil Germond SFHEA FRGS

Senior Lecturer

Basil Germond

County South



Tel: +44 1524 594252

Office Hours:

Tuesday 1230-1430 or by appointment (County South, Room B50)

Research overview

My research is cross-disciplinary and aims at understanding human, social and political interactions at, from, within, and with the sea. I privilege mixed methods and approaches, ranging from corpus linguistics to content analysis to the application of IR theories. My specific 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 have developed cross-disciplinary research within social sciences (e.g. linguistics, human geography) and beyond, notably with marine sciences.

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

I am happy to supervise projects related to my field of research (c.f. above), notably on maritime/naval affairs; ocean governance; the concept of seapower; climate change and maritime security; IR theories in a cross-disciplinary setting. I am open to inter/cross-disciplinary projects including (but not limited to) international relations, political science, security studies, history, human geography, corpus linguistics, and marine science.


I am the Director of Research Training for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. I am specialised in naval affairs, seapower, maritime security and ocean governance. I favour multi-disciplinary approaches across social sciences. I am committed to teaching & learning enhancement and academic standards and quality assurance.

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.

Professional Role

Since 2011, I have designed, developed and managed PPR MA programmes in Diplomacy as well as various new distance-learning MA programmes. I have then taken over the role of Director of postgraduate taught studies. In 2018, I have been appointed Director of Research Training for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. I am involved in academic standards and quality control at various levels of governance.

Faculty roles

- Director of Research Training (RTP)

- Member of the Undergraduate Course Committee

- Member of the Postgraduate Studies Committee (ex officio)

University roles

- Member of the Standing Committee on Academic Regulations

- ESRC NWSSDTP Institutional Politics Pathway Representative 

Past internal roles

- Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies in PPR

- Director of Distance-learning in PPR

- Chair of PPR Postgraduate Teaching Committee

- Member of PPR Management Committee

External affiliations and roles

- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)

- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

- Member of the NWCDTP and NWSSDTP Training, Employment and Knowledge Exchange

(TEKE) panels

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

- Associate Fellow, Centre for Sustainable Development, UCLan

- PG External examiner (UCLan) [2015-2017]

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

Current Research

1) 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 narratives.

2) My next monograph (60,000 words completed) discusses the concept and practice of post-modern and neo-modern seapower.

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

4) I work on an inter-disciplinary project on the dependencies and synergistic links between climate change and maritime security (IR and natural/marine sciences).

Current Teaching

My approach to teaching is multi/inter-disciplinary across the Arts and Social Sciences, in particular International Relations theories, foreign policy analysis, current history, human geography, and discourse analysis. I embrace blended approaches to teaching, including synchronous and asynchronous distance learning. I currently teach the following modules in addition to supervising UG, PGT and PGR research projects:

PPR.410 Major Approaches to the Study of International Relations

PPR.431 Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

FASS.506L/M Designing, Undertaking and Surviving Doctoral Research

FASS.510 Qualitative Research Methods

PhD Supervisions Completed

Andrew Taylor (viva 2017), Maritime Strategy in the Era of Control and Denial of Visibility, ESRC funded, Forthwith award of PhD. Andrew is currently Teaching Fellow at King's College, London.

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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