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Dr David Blagden

Dr David Blagden

Junior Research Fellow

Darwin College


David Blagden is the Adrian Research Fellow in International Politics at Darwin College, and a Research Associate with the Centre for Rising Powers in the Department of Politics and International Studies, both at the University of Cambridge. His current research project examines the relationship between economic globalization, differential power growth and interstate security competition, and his broader research interests lie in the areas of international relations theory (particularly realism), international security, international political economy, strategic studies, and UK foreign and defence policy. Dr Blagden’s publications have appeared in International Security and the RUSI Journal, among other outlets, and his public affairs commentary has appeared in The Guardian and on the BBC. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Oxford, where he was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), having previously completed his MA (with distinction) at the University of Chicago and having read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) as an undergraduate at Oxford.


Dr Blagden has worked in the Strategy Unit of the UK Cabinet Office, is an officer in the Royal Naval Reserve and, prior to his doctoral study, was a country risk analyst for the London-based political and economic advisory firm Business Monitor International. He is a past president of Oxford University Strategic Studies Group and a former editor of St Antony’s International Review, Oxford’s peer-reviewed international affairs journal. He has won the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies’ Trench Gascoigne Essay Prize for original writing on defence and international security, and the University of Chicago’s Morton Kaplan Prize for the best thesis in the Committee on International Relations.


Dr Blagden has taught as a college lecturer in international relations and strategic studies at Oxford, has been a visiting scholar at George Washington University’s Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, and was a selected participant in both Columbia University’s 2010 Summer Workshop for the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy and American University’s 2013 International Policy Summer Institute. He has also worked as a research associate on an ESRC-funded project on Europe’s role in international security, directed by Professor Anand Menon of the King's College London. At Cambridge, he teaches and supervises on topics in international relations theory, international conflict, and international political economy.