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.

Impacts of Artificial Intelligence on CBW Prohibition

A series of projects working to describe and classify potential impacts of AI on CBW prohibition regimes; enhancing opportunities and mitigating risks.

Deep Transitions

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.

‘Non-Lethal’ CBW

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.

Understanding Biological Disarmament: The Historical Context of the Biological Weapons Convention

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.

Data Capture of Syria Chemical Weapons Allegations

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.

Strategic Governance of Science and Technology: Pathways to Security

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.

Analysis of European Penal Legislation Concerning CBRN Terrorism and Acts of WMD Proliferation

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.

Biosecurity and the Governance of Emerging Technology: The Role of S&T Reviews Within the BWC

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.

Non-State Actors and the Globalization of CBW Technologies

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.

Biothreat Perception and Policy Formation

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.

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