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Dr Basil Germond MInstLM SFHEA FRGS

Senior Lecturer

Basil Germond

County South



Tel: +44 1524 594252

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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.

The journals in which my research has recently been published reflect my cross-disciplinary approach to ocean studies, e.g. Territory, Politics, Governance, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Marine Policy, Science of the Total Environment, European Foreign Affairs ReviewGlobal Policy.

My research engages with public stakeholders (see for example the evidence I gave in 2021 to the Defence Committee of the UK Parliament) and the wider public (see for example my 2021 commentary in the Conversation).

I am a member of the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) with projects that tackle maritime security narrative as well as the representation of the sea in collective imaginaries, 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. My research on naval power and maritime security engages with public stakeholders and the wider public. 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 (Changing Character of War programme) and Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews. I got my PhD from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva.

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 as well as on the representation of the sea in British media. I am also co-authoring a book on Britain, Europe and Brexit: A Corpus Linguistics Approach (Bloomsbury, 2022) with Helen Baker, Vaclav Brezina and Tony McEnery.

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).


I have an interdisciplinary UG degree (4-year licence) in International Relations (political science, international history, international economics, international law), a 2-year master degree in History and International Politics and a PhD in International Relations (Geneva). I also have a PG Certificate in academic practice (Lancaster) and I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA (SFHEA). I have a level 5 certificate in leadership and management and I am a member of the Institute of Leadership & Management (MinstLM). I am also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).

Professional Role

I am involved in teaching & learning enhancement and academic standards and quality control at various levels of governance. From 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.

Faculty roles

- Director of Research Training (RTP)

- Member of the Faculty Course Committee

- Member of the Faculty Education and Student Experience Committee

- Member of the Faculty PGR Committee

University roles

- Member of the Standing Committee on Academic Regulations

- Member of the Postgraduate Group on Regulations and Procedures

- Member of the PGR Researcher Development working group

- ESRC NWSSDTP Institutional Politics Pathway Lead

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

- Admission tutor in IR

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

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

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

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.431: Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

PPR.431d: Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (distance)

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

FASS.510: Qualitative Research Methods

FASS.651: Course Design and Quality Assurance in Higher Education

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.

-Wai Shun Chan (viva 2020), Bringing the Ports and Port Diplomacy Back-in: A Comparative Study of the Role of Hong Kong, Macao and Shanghai in Contemporary EU-China Relations.

-Emma Williams (viva 2020), Ecological Civilisation: Identity, Power and Status, Faculty funded, Co-supervised with Dr Nordin and Dr Chubb.

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