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Dr Floyd works on ethics and security, specifically the ethics of securitization. She also has an interest in climate and environmental security as well as an interest in the English school. 


Dr Floyd has been in Birmingham since April 2012 when she was appointed Birmingham Fellow in Conflict and Security. Before then she was a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Warwick and before then an ESRC post-doctoral fellow. She received her PhD in 2007 from the University of Warwick. Her PhD was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press as Security and the Environment: Securitisation theory and US Environmental Security Policy. It appeared in paperback in 2014 and it was translated into Chinese in 2021. 

Dr Floyd's second monograph is called The Morality of Security: A theory of Just Securitization. This book was  published in 2019, also by Cambridge University Press. The book appeared in paperback in September 2021. This book was shortlisted for the Susan Strange Best Book Prize in 2020. 

Dr Floyd's  third monograph: The Duty to secure: From just to mandatory securitization is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in late 2023


PhD in International Relations, University of Warwick, 2007

Masters by Research in Politics, University of Edinburgh, 2004

BA (Hons)  International Relations and Politics, University of Portsmouth, 2003  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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