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Dr Lindsay Clark PhD, MA, BSc Econ

ERC Research Fellow

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A research fellow on the ERC funded project “DRONETHICS” focusing on conceptualising drone violence and interpersonal violence. My primary research interests are drone warfare, gender and feminist theorising and creative methodologies for studying social science.

Previously a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy ‘New Technologies and Ethics of War’ project working under Prof. Toni Erskine. Prior to that I was a PhD student at the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham where I completed my doctorate titled “Ghostly Warriors: Gender, Haunting and Military Technologies” and was a research assistant for the Birmingham Policy Commission ‘The Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK’ and the ESRC funded project ‘The Political Effects of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on Conflict and Cooperation within and between States.’

I have a book forthcoming with Routledge Gender and Security Studies series based on my PhD research titled: “Gender and Drone Warfare: a Hauntological Approach”.

Research interests

My primary research interests are drone warfare, gender and feminist theorising and creative methodologies for studying social science.

Research Projects:

DRONETHICS (2018 – 2022) 

I am a Research Fellow working with Professor Christian Enemark (Principal Investigator) on a Consolidator project funded under the European Research Council Horizon 2020 Programme: “Emergent Ethics of Drone Violence: Toward a Comprehensive Governance Framework” (DRONETHICS), ERC-2017-COG grant no. 771082 (€1.36m).

This project opens up an ethical inquiry into drone violence conceptualised as either war, law enforcement, interpersonal violence, or violence devolved to artificial intelligence (AI). It aims to produce: the first integrated conceptual framework for explaining ethical concerns arising from current and potential forms of drone violence; concrete recommendations for policy-makers on how to manage this violence ethically; and a new normative vision for shaping the longer-term trajectory of drone violence. 

Research into the ethics of drone violence receives major EU funding boost (3 January 2018):


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Dr Lindsay Clark
Politics & International Relations, Social Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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