Professor Basil Germond SFHEA FRGS

Professor of International Security

Profile

I am a Professor of International Security in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion and Co-Director of the University research institute Security Lancaster. My field of expertise is seapower and maritime security. I favour multi-disciplinary approaches across social sciences and beyond. My research on naval affairs and maritime security engages with public policy stakeholders and the wider public.

I joined Lancaster in 2011 as a lecturer and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2015 and to chair in 2022. Prior to my coming to Lancaster, 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.

Interviewed by Business Insider and cited in 3 articles on the use of maritime drones by Ukraine
Expert Opinion

Advising DfT on Maritime Security
Expert Opinion

Interviewed by NBC on Iran's presence in the Red Sea
Consultancy

Written evidence on “The UK’s economic security” (UK Parliament, Joint Select Committee on the National Security Strategy)
Expert Opinion

'Big Asks': What is at stake in the Red Sea?
Expert Opinion

Interviewed by BBC Northern Ireland on the the impacts of the Red Sea crisis
Expert Opinion

Interviewed by RTE (Ireland) on Houthi attacks
Expert Opinion

Interviewed by Ara newspaper (Spain/Catalonia) on the airstrikes against Houthi positions
Consultancy

Interviewed by BBC News on the airstrikes against Houthis
Consultancy

Commentary on the situation in the Red Sea
Other

Interviewed by Czech outlet Voxpot on the geopolitics of the Red Sea
Other

ESRC Peer Review College (External organisation)
Member of an organisation

Marine Policy (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Commentary on the naval response to Houthi attacks in the Red Sea
Other

Interviewed by France 24 on Russia's official launch of new nuclear submarines
Expert Opinion

Lancaster Defence and Security Dialogue
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Interviewed by a major Slovakian daily newspaper on Russia's adaptation to Ukraine's successes at sea
Other

Polity Press (Publisher)
Publication peer-review

Commentary on the maritime dimension of the winter phase of the Ukraine war
Other

'Maritime Britain in the 21st Century' - academia-policy dialogue event
Other

Interviewed by France 24 on the attack of a civilian ship in the Red Sea
Expert Opinion

Cyber Security: An Organisational and Management Perspective
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Marine Policy (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Quoted by France 24 on the warship BRP Sierra Madre
Expert Opinion

Commentary on the new geopolitics of the Black Sea
Other

Cited and quoted by the Environmental Audit Committee (House of Commons) in their inquiry's report on "The UK and the Arctic Environment"
Expert Opinion

Interviewed by Business Insider on the geopolitical situation in the Black Sea
Expert Opinion

Interviewed by France 24 on the geopolitical situation in the Black Sea
Expert Opinion

Marine Policy (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Commentary on the geopolitical situation in the Black Sea
Other

Interviewed by the Bulgarian National Radio on the geopolitical situation in the Black Sea
Expert Opinion

‘Global Maritime Trends 2050’
Expert Opinion

Ports Dialogue: Ports as novel hubs of ocean governance
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Cited by the Foreign Affairs Committee (House of Commons) in their inquiry's report on "Tilting horizons: the Integrated Review and the Indo-Pacific"
Expert Opinion

Royal Navy Strategic Studies Centre
Hosting a Non-Academic Visitor

Defence Command Paper 2023: An evolving British force posture?
Expert Opinion

Cited and quoted by the Scottish Affairs Committee (House of Commons) in their inquiry's report on "Defence in Scotland: the North Atlantic and the High North"
Expert Opinion

Cyber Leadership Symposium 2023
Symposium

British International Studies Association 2023 Conference
Participation in conference - Academic

Giving oral evidence to The House of Commons' Environmental Audit Sub-Committee on Polar Research
Expert Opinion

Andrew Lambert
Hosting an academic visitor

Interviewed by the Economist Impact (the policy research and advisory arm of The Economist Group) on ‘Global Maritime Trends 2050’.
Expert Opinion

Interviewed on the role of maritime drones by a major Slovakian daily newspaper
Other

Response to SONAC’s “Call for submissions to shape the next Defence Command Paper”
Other

The Importance of the Indo-Pacific to British Security
Invited talk

Marine Policy (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Roundtable: UK Grand Strategy and Defence
Invited talk

Contesting the Cold Commons: Maritime and Aerospace Strategy in the High North
Invited talk

Cited and quoted by the Transport Committee (House of Commons) in their inquiry's report on "Maritime 2050"
Expert Opinion

Commentary on the maritime dimension of the Integrated Review refresh (IR23)
Other

Commentary to commemorate one year of fighting at sea in the Ukraine war
Other

Attending 'Energy Security in the Baltic and Northern Europe' at the House of Lords
Other

International Affairs (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Decolonizing Seapower Studies
Oral presentation

Requested by the Scottish Affairs Committee (UK Parliament, House of Commons) to submit evidence on “Defence in Scotland”
Expert Opinion

Cited by the International Relations and Defence Committee (House of Lords) in their inquiry's report on "UK defence policy: from aspiration to reality?"
Expert Opinion

Progress in Human Geography (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Written evidence on “Update to the UK's Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy” (UK Parliament, House of Commons, Foreign Affairs Committee)
Expert Opinion

Interviewed on the new phase of the war in Ukraine via Globelynx
Expert Opinion

De Gruyter (Publisher)
Publication peer-review

Maritime Policy and Management (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Defra - Marine and Fisheries Social Sciences workshop
Expert Opinion

Commentary on Russia's continental mindset
Other

Expert advice provided in view of the ESRC NWSSDTP recommissioning
Expert Opinion

Commentary on the maritime dimension of Ukraine's southern counteroffensive
Other

Written evidence in response to a question asked during the oral evidence session on 17 May 2022: “Defence concepts and capabilities: from aspiration to reality” (UK Parliament, House of Lords, International Relations and Defence Committee)
Expert Opinion

RUSI (Royal United Services Institute) (Publisher)
Publication peer-review

Commentary on the Grain Deal (Ukraine war)
Other

Marine Policy (Journal)
Publication peer-review

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - Discussion of the Climate Change-Maritime Crime nexus
Other

Commentary on the strategic implications of reclaiming Snake Island (Ukraine war)
Other

Quoted in the Danish daily newspaper Dagbladet Information on the maritime turn of the Ukraine war
Other

Interviewed on the intensification of the Ukraine war at sea by the British Forces Broadcasting Service (Forces TV)
Expert Opinion

Commentary on the maritime dimension of the Ukraine war in June 2022
Other

Interviewed on the blockade of Ukraine by the Danish daily newspaper Dagbladet Information
Other

Securing Britain’s Seas 2: Implementing the 2022 UK National Strategy for Maritime Security
Other

PPR undergraduate research internship
Other

Giving oral evidence to The House of Commons' Transport Committee
Expert Opinion

Interviewed on the naval dimension of the Ukraine war by the British Forces Broadcasting Service (Forces TV)
Expert Opinion

Continental or Maritime? The Integrated Review and the Future of British Grand Strategy
Invited talk

Marine Management Organisation
Business Engagement

Commentary/Analysis of the maritime dimension of the Ukraine war for E-International Relations
Other

Response to the Call for evidence: “Maritime 2050: objectives, implementation and effects” (UK Parliament, House of Commons, Transport Committee)
Expert Opinion

Marine Policy (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Listed in the British Academy’s List of Experts on the Russia-Ukraine conflict
Expert Opinion

Cited and quoted by the Defence Committee (House of Commons) in their inquiry's report on "the use of the military to counter migrant crossings"
Expert Opinion

Commentary/Analysis of the maritime dimension of the Ukraine war
Other

Quoted by the International Relations and Defence Committee (House of Lords) in their inquiry's report on "UNCLOS: the law of the sea in the 21st century" (based on the evidence I co-submitted with SafeSeas)
Expert Opinion

Cited in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group II: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
Other

African Security Review (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Response to the Call for evidence: “The role of the military in countering migrant crossings (Operation Isotrope)” (UK Parliament, House of Commons, Defence Committee)
Expert Opinion

Response to the Call for evidence: “Implementing the Integrated Review: Tilt to the Indo-Pacific” (UK Parliament, Foreign Affairs Committee)
Expert Opinion

Peer-reviewing for the ESRC
Other

Attending the workshop: "Joining Forces with the Indo-Pacific: Kick-Starting Europe’s New Approach to the Region"
Other

Publication of "Representation of the Sea in the UK Press: Public Awareness of the Oceans"
Other

Cited and quoted by the Defence Committee (House of Commons) in their inquiry's report on the future of the Royal Navy
Expert Opinion

Invited by the EU Council presidency-in-office to give an introductory session on 'Climate Change and Maritime Security' to inform the Council's working group on 'EU maritime security strategy'
Expert Opinion

Invited by the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Indian National Maritime Foundation to participate in a multi-stakeholder policy workshop (EU-India 1.5 Security Dialogue) on “EU-India Maritime Cooperation in the Indian Ocean”.
Other

Response to the Call for evidence: “UNCLOS: fit for purpose in the 21st century?” (House of Lords, International Relations and Defence Committee)
Expert Opinion

Public Talk 'Perception of the Sea in Morecambe and Beyond' (ESRC Festival of Social Science)
Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

Geopolitics (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Participation in the "Comprehensive Maritime Security in the Indo-Pacific" workshop at the European Council on Foreign Relations
Other

Commentary on AUKUS: The realisation of ‘Global Maritime Britain’
Other

ESRC Festival of Social Science 2021: Perception of the Sea in Morecambe and Beyond
Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

The RUSI Journal (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Commissioned by the Maritime Foundation to write on "Global Britain and Seapower"
Other

Advising DfT on Environmental Security and the Maritime Domain
Expert Opinion

Research training and Well-being
Invited talk

European Security (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Marine Policy (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Commentary/Analysis of the HMS Defender incident off Crimea
Other

The Oceans are Back. A Blue IdeasLab
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Response to the Call for evidence: “The Navy: purpose and procurement” (UK Parliament, Defence Committee)
Expert Opinion

Data for Policy 2021 (Event)
Publication peer-review

Political Geography (Journal)
Publication peer-review

PhD external examiner at University of Aberdeen
Examination

Global Society (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Peer-reviewing for the ESRC
Other

Referee for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
Other

Marine Policy (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Marine Policy (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Europe, Maritime Security and Small Navies
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Climate Change and Maritime Security
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Workshop on Global Governance Reform Initiative: Oceans Governance
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Cogea (External organisation)
Member of Advisory Panel

European Union
Business Engagement

University of Central Lancashire (External organisation)
Membership of committee

China’s Seapower in Perspective: The Historical and Cultural Dimension
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Maritime Security - Naval Strategy in the 21st Century
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

The Future of Maritime Cyber Security
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Workshop “Into the Blue: Rethinking Maritime Security”
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Workshop: European views of the Strategic Pivot
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Chiefs of European Navies (CHENS) annual meeting (2014)
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

ESRC Seminar Series “Fostering Sustainable Development: Examining the challenges posed by maritime insecurity"
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

ESRC Seminar Series 2012-14: ‘NATO after Afghanistan’
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Chiefs of European Navies (CHENS) annual meeting
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
Election to learned society

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Election to learned society

Appointment as External Examiner
Appointment

  • Centre for War and Diplomacy
  • ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science
  • Richardson Institute for Peace Studies
  • Security Lancaster
  • Security Lancaster (Policy, Law and Ethics)
  • Security Lancaster (Security Futures)
  • Security Lancaster (Societal Threats)