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Dr Basil Germond FHEA FRGS

Dr Basil Germond FHEA FRGS


County South
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594252
Office hours: Monday 1200-1400 or by appointment


Richardson Institute for Peace Studies

I am Lecturer in Diplomacy, Foreign Policy and International Relations Theories, and Programme Director for our MA 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); my research project tackles maritime security and piracy discourses in Europe.


PhD Supervision Interests

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

Supervision of ESRC-funded PhD students (NWDTC):
-"Realist Constructivism as a framework for analysis: the European Security and Defence Policy" (Lee Turpin)
-"Maritime Strategy in the age of denial of visibility" (Andrew Taylor)


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

Office Hours

Monday 1200-1400 or by appointment

Current Research

I have two main research projects.

1) I am currently writing a monograph on the maritime dimension of European security (contract with Palgrave)

2) Within the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), ESRC-funded, I work on the maritime security and piracy discourses in Europe

Current Teaching


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

PPR.221 International Relations and Security, Section 3: "Security" (not taught by me in 2013/2014)

PPR.331 The European Union and the World (course convenor) (not taught in 2013/2014)


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 in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (Campus-based)

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

-MA in Diplomacy and Religion (Campus-based)


The European Union: cruising the seven seas?

Germond, B. 9/07/2014 European Geostrategy

Research output: Other contribution

Small navies in perspective: deconstructing the hierarchy of naval forces

Germond, B. 1/05/2014 Small navies: strategy and policy for small navies in war and peace. Mulqueen, M., Sanders, D. & Speller, I. (eds.). Ashgate, p. 33-50 18 p. (Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies Series)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)


The European Union at the Horn of Africa: the contribution of critical geopolitics to piracy studies

Germond, B. 02/2013 In: Global Policy. 4, 1, p. 80-85 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


The EU's security and the sea: defining a maritime security strategy

Germond, B. 12/2011 In: European Security. 20, 4, p. 563-584 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Climate change and security: the European Union’s discourse and climate geopolitics

Germond, B. 07/2011 Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Revisiting the Socio-Political and Technological Dimensions of Climate Change. Germond-Duret, C., Goulding, J., Rahimian, F. P. & Akintoye, A. (eds.). Preston: UCLan, p. 45-57 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)


Venus Has Learned Geopolitics: The European Union's Frontier and Transatlantic Relations

Germond, B. 2010 The Routledge Handbook of Transatlantic Security. Germond, B., Hanhimaki, J. & Soutou, G-H. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 206-217

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Maritime Security Cooperation in the Mediterranean: Towards a Comprehensive Approach

Germond, B. 2010 VIII Seminario Internacional sobre Seguridad y Defensa en el Mediterráneo: New scenarios for cooperation. Soler i Lecha, E. & García, I. (eds.). Barcelona Center for International Studies, Dirección General de Relaciones Institucionales (Ministerio de Defensa de España), p. 65-73

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The Routledge handbook of transatlantic security.

Hanhimaki, J. (ed.), Soutou, G-H. (ed.) & Germond, B. (ed.) 2010 Abingdon: Routledge. 300 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Maritime security in the Mediterranean: European and transatlantic approaches.

Germond, B. & Grove, E. 2010 Washington; Roma: The German Marshall Fund of the United States; The Istituto Affari Internazionali

Research output: Working paper

From frontier to boundary and back again: the European Union's maritime margins.

Germond, B. 02/2010 In: European Foreign Affairs Review. 15, 1, p. 39-55 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


L'Union européenne et ses marches maritimes: vers une déterritorialisation de la sécurité

Germond, B. 2009 Dynamiques littorales et frontières maritimes: les littoraux: charnières ou frontières des territoires?. Semmoud, B. (ed.). L'Harmattan, p. 37-50 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Re-thinking European security interests and the ESDP: explaining the EU's anti-piracy operation.

Germond, B. & Smith, M. E. 12/2009 In: Contemporary Security Policy. 30, 3, p. 573-593 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Construire l'Europe

Germond, B. (ed.) & Liebich, A. (ed.) 2008 Presses Universitaires de France. 301 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Les forces navales européennes dans la période post-guerre froide

Germond, B. 2008 L'Harmattan. 295 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Multinational military cooperation and its challenges: the case of European naval operations in the wider Mediterranean area.

Germond, B. 06/2008 In: International Relations. 22, 2, p. 173-191 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


La puissance navale turque: quels atouts pour l'Union européenne?

Germond, B. 2007 L'Europe-Puissance et la Turquie. Dedeoglu, B. & Turkmen, F. (eds.). L'Harmattan, p. 131-153 23 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The Naval and Maritime Dimension of the European Union

Germond, B. 2007 The EC/EU: a world security actor?. Deighton, A. & Bossuat, G. (eds.). Paris: Soleb, p. 346-361

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)


L'action des forces navales europeennes pour la prevention et la gestion des crises et des conflits en periode post-guerre froide. [The European naval forces and conflicts/crises management in the post-cold war era]

Germond, B. 2006 Prevention, gestion et sortie des conflits [Prevention, management and resolution of conflicts]. Chetail, V. (ed.). Geneva: Euryopa, p. 75-99 25 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Les forces navales europeennes face aux nouvelles menaces en mer. [The European naval forces and the new threats at sea]

Germond, B. 2006 In: Relations Internationales. 125, p. 45-58 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Les missions des marines militaires europeennes depuis 1989. [The missions of the European navies since 1989]

Germond, B. 2005 In: Relations Internationales. 122, p. 105-116 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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