Mr James Shires
Political Theory Cyber security International relations International security Power Political thought and ideologies Violence, security and conflict
My research examines the emergence of cyber-security in the Middle East, specifically looking at the relationships between governments, businesses, and international organisations in identifying and responding to cyber risks. I have an MSc in Global Governance and Public Policy from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.
Teaching specialism, interests and experience
International Relations Theory, International Security, Middle East Politics, Qualitative Methods, Critical and Postcolonial Studies, Cybersecurity.
Supervision of BA History and Politics thesis on “The Chronopolitics of Drone Warfare” (2017)
MPhil International Relations seminar on “Qualitative Text Analysis” (2017)
211 Politics in the Middle East
213 International Relations in the Era of the Cold War
214 International Relations
'Emerging Security Challenges' (course for visiting students)
Anglo-Omani Society Language Scholarship (2016)
Winner, IISS Cyber Security Essay Competition (2016)
Winner, GMF Young Writer's Award (2015)
Oxford-Santander Academic Travel Award (2015)
DPIR Cyril Foster Travel Award (2015)
ESRC DPhil Studentship (2014)
Nomination, Birkbeck Norman Price Prize in Politics (2013)
Clare College Foundation Scholarship (2007)
Shires, James. 2018. “Keeping the faith: ritual and reinforcement in cybersecurity”, Politics and Governance, Cybersecurity Special Issue, forthcoming.
Shires, James. 2018. “Cybersecurity governance in the GCC”, in R. Ellis and V. Mohan (ed.) Rewired: Cybersecurity Governance. Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming.
Shires James. 2016. “Discourses of cybersecurity: regional cyber risks in the Middle East”. Policy paper for International Institute for Strategic Studies, London.
Laporte-Oshiro, Catherine, and James Shires. 2016. “Negotiating order in cyberspace: security spirals or trade foundations?” Policy paper for German Marshall Fund, Brussels.
Shires, James. “A difficult pas de deux: ethics and technology transfers in international security” (Working paper)
Shires, James. “Advanced technology or ‘shiny toys’? The concept of maturity in cybersecurity” (Working paper)
Conference Papers and Presentations
11/2017: "The concept of maturity in cybersecurity"
Cybersecurity CDT, University of Oxford
10/2017: "Cybersecurity and the arms trade"
UK Parliament seminar, ICFUAE
10/2017: "Ethics and technology transfers in international security"
Internet Research Network, University of Toronto
03/2017: "The international relations of cybersecurity in the Gulf states"
COEIA, King Saud University, Riyadh
02/2017: "Export knowledge: cybersecurity in Egypt and the Gulf states"
International Studies Association, Baltimore
06/2016: “Discourses of cyber-security: regional cyber risks in the Middle East”
British International Studies Association, Edinburgh
06/2016: “Evolving security arrangements in the Gulf states”
ESRC Interdisciplinary Conference, Oxford
03/2016: “Discourses of cyber-security: regional cyber risks in the Middle East”
Western Political Science Association, San Diego
03/2016: “Conceptualising cyber risks in the Middle East”
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey
10/2015: “Forecast and failure in cyber-security”
Millennium Journal of International Affairs Conference, London
09/2015: “The politics of knowledge: the construction of risk in cyber-security”
University of Oxford Cyber Security Early Careers Symposium
06/2015: “Cyber-security as risk management”
International Studies Graduate Workshop, Foundazione Bruno Kessler, Italy