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digital, security

Research Areas

Politics and International Relations

Dr Mark Lacy

Dr Mark Lacy

Associate Director: Security Lancaster, Senior Lecturer

Location: B49
Office hours: My office hours are Tuesday 3-4 and Thursday 3-4.  


Security Lancaster
Politics, Philosophy and Religion


In 2014 my book Security, Technology and Global Politics: Thinking with Virilio was published. The book examines the work of Paul Virilio, a French urbanist and philosopher who has written since the 1970s on war, security, cities and politics: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415576048/

My current research projects are:

'Event Management': new technologies and urban conflict in Dhaka. This project examines the new terrains of policing and protest in Bangladesh. The project is based primarily on interviews and fieldwork in Dhaka. The first fieldwork trip took place in January 2014.

Digital Insecurity and the Smart City. This project investigates emerging vulnerabilities and fragilities in the emergence of smart, networked cities. The project has involved a number of workshops and reports:http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/65272/1/Future_of_the_digital_distrupter_final.pdf . The aim is to draw together the conclusions of the work in a book length monograph on cybersecurity, cities and conflict.

Walter Benjamin and World Politics. Building out of my work on Virilio, this project examines the work of the German philosopher and cultural critic, exploring his relevance to contemporary debates about politics, violence, art and religion.

I am theme lead for Security Futures: Security Futures is an interdisciplinary space to examine the ethical, economic, legal and technical implications of new technologies - to identify new areas of research and to examine the optimism or fear in debates over emerging trends and moral panics about new technologies.

I am the lead editor in the Routledge book series, Conflict, Security and Technology: http://www.routledge.com/books/series/CST/

PhD Supervision Interests

Critical security studies
European social theory
Digital geo-politics

Current Teaching

PPR.425 Theorizing Security and War

PPR 221 Understanding Security and Global Politcs

 PPR 325 The Politics of Global Danger

PPR 100 Politics and Governance in the Contemporary World

Research Interests

Digital Technologies, cities and police/protest

Digital Geopolitics and Conflict outside the West

Post 9/11 Security: intellectual responses and controversies

Environmental security

Acceleration, society and security

Office Hours

My office hours are Tuesday 3-4 and Thursday 3-4.



The future of maritime cyber security

Fitton, O., Prince, D., Germond, B. & Lacy, M. 23/01/2015 Lancaster: Lancaster University. 36 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsOther report



The future of digital disrupters: rethinking the digital divide

Lacy, M. & Prince, D. 12/06/2013 Lancaster: Lancaster University. 46 p. (Future of...)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsOther report


Intellectuals, international relations and the constant emergency

Lacy, M. 2011 In: Third World Quarterly. 32, 9, p. 1673-1690 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Securing by design

Weber, C. & Lacy, M. 07/2011 In: Review of International Studies. 37, 3, p. 1021-1043 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


A History of Violence: Mearsheimer and Walt's Writings from ‘An Unnecessary War’ to the ‘Israel Lobby’ Controversy

Lacy, M. 2008 In: Geopolitics. 13, 1, p. 100-119 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Designer Security: Control Society and MoMA's SAFE: Design Takes on Risk

Lacy, M. 04/2008 In: Security Dialogue. 39, 2-3, p. 333-357 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Introducion: the excess of information.

Lacy, M. J. 2006 Global politics in the information age. Lacy, M. & Wilkin, P. (eds.). Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 1-20 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter


Security and Climitae Change: International Relations and the Limits of Realism.

Lacy, M. J. 2005 Routledge. 176 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook


War, Cinema and Moral Anxiety.

Lacy, M. J. 1/03/2003 In: Alternatives: Global, Local, Political. 28, 5, p. 611-636 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Deconstructing risk society.

Lacy, M. J. 2002 In: Environmental Politics. 11, 4, p. 42-62 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Zygmunt Bauman, liquid modernity.

Lacy, M. J. 2001 In: The Global Site.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Andrew Light (ed.) Social ecology after bookchin.

Lacy, M. J. 2001 In: Environmental Ethics. 23

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Cinema and ecopolitics: existence in the Jurassic Park.

Lacy, M. J. 12/2001 In: Millennium: Journal of International Studies. 30, 3, p. 635-645 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Timothy W. Luke Capitalism, democracy and ecology: departing from Marx.

Lacy, M. J. 2000 In: Environmental Ethics. 22

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


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