Professor of European Politics and Security
Tel: (024 765) 23110
Advice and feedback hours: Tuesdays 13.30-14.30 and 15.30-16.30
Scheduled advice and feedback hours are suspended during reading weeks, examination marking periods, statutory vacations and University of Warwick vacations.
George Christou studied for his first degree in Economics and Public Policy at Leeds Metropolitan University. He went on to complete his Masters degree in International Studies, a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and a PhD in Political Science, all at the University of Sheffield. George joined the Department in August 2005.
He has previously worked at the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in European Politics (2001-2003). He was a Research Associate at Manchester Metropolitan University on the ESRC project 'European Regulation of Internet Commerce' (2003-2004), resulting, amongst other outputs, in the presentation of findings to a symposium of EU and Member State policy-makers (Oct 2004) and the publication of a research monograph, 'The New Electronic Market Place: European Governance Strategies in a Globalising Economy' (Edward Elgar, 2007). George also spent time as a Research Associate at the Centre for Public Policy, Northumbria University, undertaking various 'Governance' related projects (2004-2005), including a study 'E-Channels Service Delivery Take-up' for the Department of Work and Pensions, findings of which were delivered in the form of 'Policy Report' and oral presentation to DWP policy makers in February 2005.
George has worked as part of a Warwick team on a three year EU funded FP7 project on the European Union as a Global-Regional Actor in Peace and Security (EU-GRASP) (ENDED January 2012). http://www.eugrasp.eu/. He also worked on the EU funded FP7 project Global Re-ordering: Evolution through European Networks (GR: EEN) project (ENDED February 2015), directed by Prof Shaun Breslin. http://www.greenfp7.eu and was Leader of Work Pakage 4 on 'Security and Human Rights'.
Furthermore he was involved in the NATO-ACT funded Project PREDICT (Projections and Relevant Effects of Demographic Implications, Changes, and Trends) in partnership with University of Bologna,
Italy, as PaIS Lead Scientist (http://predicters.org/), and the ESRC/DSTL project 'Science and Security: Research Impact and Co-Production of Knowledge' (as Co-I) (March 1013-March2015).
His current projects include:
European Commission H2020 Funded Project: Development of a European Resilience Guideline (RESILIENS). Senior Research Fellow, WP1 (led by Prof. Jon Coaffee) (May 2015-May 2018)
ESRC funded project with University of Exeter (Dr Alison Harcourt as PI) and University of Salford (Prof.Seamus Simpson as Co-I) on ‘International Professional Fora: A study in civil society participation in Internet Governance’ (Co-I) (1 Sept 2015-1 Sept 2018) http://www.internetpolicystreams.com
George Christou is also (since May 2016) the Editor for Palgrave's New Security Challenges Series and welcomes enquiries and book proposals from all scholars that work on security issues, broadly conceived.
George's main research interests include: the EU's role in conflict resolution, with specific interest in Cyprus and Turkey; European Neighbourhood Policy, how it has been constructed and how it has been received; The EU as an actor in Internet Governance and the political economy of European and Global Internet Governance; EU Cyber Security Policy.
Teaching and supervision
George has supervised 10 PhD students to successful completion and is currently supervising 6 PhD students on a variety of topics related to his rsearch interests.
George is available to undertake PhD supervision in any areas that interconnect with his own research interests. The following are of particular interest: (1) The EU's role in conflict transformation in Cyprus and the European neighbourhood (2) The European Neighbourhood Policy, governance transformation and EU bordering impact (3) Turkey and the European Union (4) The EU as an international actor in Internet Governance (5) The Political Economy of EU/European and Global Internet Governance (6) All aspects of EU/European/global cyber security policy.