To instil the traditions, practice and benefits of scholarship into the formation of public policy on issues involving biological and chemical weapons, HSP conducts university-based research and publication. Here is an illustrative listing of research projects involving HSP staff.
September 2017 - 2020 (ongoing)
A joint SPRU-Utrecht University project, involving HSP, to improve our understanding of how societies change over time and what compels these changes.
December 1998 - 2019 (ongoing)
An analysis of challenges to the regime against weaponization of disease presented by disabling CBW weapons. Contributing HSP researchers were Daniel Feakes, Caitríona McLeish, Matthew Meselson and Julian Perry Robinson.
September 2013 - July 2017
A three-year project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) on Understanding Biological Disarmament and the History of the Biological Weapons Convention.
May 2014 - March 2016
A project to capture data regarding allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria and to perform initial analysis on that data so as to help craft possible future research directions.
April 2013 - February 2015
A joint LSE-SPRU project involving HSP researchers to improve our understanding of how the pathways and trajectories taken by science and technology shape, and are shaped by, changing discourses on security.
December 2011 - December 2012
A commissioned study on the analysis of the penal legislation concerning CBRN terrorism and acts of WMD proliferation by non-state actors.
May 2008 - April 2012
A three-year project funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to investigate the process of S&T reviews within the BWC context and assess alternative proposals and options to improve this process.
August 2005 - November 2007
This project examined the implications of globalization for the governance of dual-use technologies relevant to chemical and biological warfare and the role played by actors other than the state in governance of those technologies.
December 2004 - February 2007
An investigation of why and how threats of bioterrorism are being perceived in the ways that are now apparent, and of the influences of such threat perceptions on assessment of vulnerability and the consequent development of public policy.
1996 - 2011
An investigation of possible contributions of international criminal law to strengthening the existing regime against CBW.