Dr Ed Stoddard


  • Qualifications: BA International Relations with Languages – First class, MA European Studies – Distinction, PgDip Social Research Methods – Distinction, PhD in International Relations (University of Portsmouth)
  • Role Title: Subject Leader, Politics and International Relations
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone:
  • Email: ed.stoddard@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr Ed Stoddard is a Lecturer in International Relations and Contemporary Security at the University of Portsmouth. His research lies principally in two areas of Security Studies: authoritarianism and security and natural resources and security.

At Portsmouth, Ed is a member of the Transnational Europe and Francophone Africa CEISR research clusters and part of the Strategic project on Experts and Expertise. Externally, he is a member of the UACES Collaborative Research Network (CRN) on European energy policy and a member of the West Africa Peace and Security Network (WAPSN).

Ed is also a fellow of the West Africa Institute (WAI) in Praia, Cape Verde and of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).


Ed teaches principally on the themes of security and strategy, regionalism and security, jihadism and counter jihadism and energy security (amongst other areas). He currently teaches on the following units;


  • International Politics
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • International Relations Theory
  • Global Political Economy
  • Policy and Politics
  • Current Political Issues


  • Europe in the World
  • Contemporary Security in International Relations
  • Challenges to EU Politics and Governance


  1. The main area of Dr Stoddard’s current research focuses on the regional responses to violent and non-violent sub-state challenges to (semi)authoritarian rule in Eurasia, the Gulf and West Africa. Between 2014 and 2015 he was a fellow at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin researching ‘protective regionalism’ in Eurasia, the Gulf and West Africa. This research focused on the regional strategies that authoritarian states use to stay in power in the face of sub-state (predominantly non-violent challenges). The project has since evolved to take into account regional responses to both non-violent and violent sub-state challenges (such as Jihadist organisations and insurgencies).
  2. The second area of Ed’s research focuses on the intersection between political economy and security and on the issue of energy security in particular. This has involved looking at political risk in natural resource-rich markets and European involvement in resource-rich regions. His doctoral research concentrated specifically on EU energy policy in the Caspian, examining the relationships between EU actors and market players, the nature of EU energy governance and diplomacy in the Caspian and the interaction between EU foreign energy policy and the risk-mitigation strategies employed by energy businesses.


  • Transnational Europe
  • Security, Citizenship and Social Justice
%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close