About the Team


  • CaitrĂ­ona McLeish

    Caitríona McLeish is a Senior Fellow at SPRU and has been part of the Harvard Sussex Program on Chemical and Biological Weapons since 1996. McLeish’s research interests focus on the dual use problem in both the chemical and biological warfare environments. This includes analysis of past programmes, especially procurement and acquisition routes, assessments of contemporary dual use CBW policies and examination of the roles played by actors, such as industry and global civil society, in chemical and biological disarmament. Since receiving her PhD she has served as advisor or consultant to a variety of national and international organisations, governmental and non governmental, including the World Health Organization and the UK National Authority for the Chemical Weapons Convention.


  • Paul Nightingale

    Paul Nightingale is Deputy Director of SPRU. Prior to his PhD he worked as an industrial R&D chemist and managed an R&D lab. Nightingale's research interests include biosecurity, science policy, innovation policy, pharmaceutical and biotechnology innovation and he has published extensively on changing innovation processes in leading science and management journals. He sits on the ESRC Evaluation Committee and on the ESRC Impact Network and is visiting Professor at Cass Business School's Faculty of Strategy. In 2008 he was a resident research scholar at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Oslo.


  • James Revill

    James Revill is a Research Fellow at SPRU. Over the course of completing his PhD, and prior to joining the Harvard Sussex Program on Chemical and Biological Weapons, he worked as a consultant to the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research and completed research fellowships with the Landau Network Centro Volta in Italy and the Bradford Disarmament Research Centre in the UK. Revill’s research interests focus on the evolution of the biological weapons treaty regime, especially analysis of the ‘Inter-sessional Process’, and awareness raising efforts amongst life scientists. Together with colleagues at Bradford he developed an educational module to assist in these efforts and he has published widely in this area.


  • Kai ilchmann

    Kai Ilchmann is a Research Fellow at SPRU and has been part of the Harvard Sussex Program on Chemical and Biological Weapons since 2004. Before starting his PhD he trained as a biologist.  Ilchmann’s current research interests focus on the application of risk and threat assessment methodologies, especially as they are applied to counter biological terrorism, and analysis of policy responses to the biological weapons problem more generally. His other research interest is in management and governance of technology and innovation. His previous work has included participation in a European Commission project assessing societal vulnerabilities to radiological, biological and chemical terrorism.


Project Support

  • Sally Wight

    Sally Wight is Research Programme Coordinator for the Harvard Sussex Program on Chemical and Biological Weapons.