Julian Richards


Visiting Scholar

Associate Dean Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Buckingham

Convenor of Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS) Research School


Professor Julian Richards gained a PhD in political violence in Pakistan, at Cambridge University, in 1993. He then spent nearly 20 years working in intelligence and security for the British Government, returning to academic life as a Research Fellow with Brunel University’s Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies in 2006. In 2008, he jointly founded the new Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (BUCSIS) at The University of Buckingham, and became a full-time member of staff at the university two years later. As a Professor in the department, he is Programme Director for three MA programmes and the convenor of BUCSIS’s research school of MPhil and DPhil students.

Julian Richards is the author of four books and a number of papers and book chapters on a range of security and intelligence issues. He has given formal evidence to Government inquiries on privacy and security issues and is a regular media commentator on security and intelligence issues for national and international television and radio, including the BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera, LBC radio, and the Islam Channel. His current research interests include a range of issues concerning global security and security policy; questions of extremism and radicalization; and the development of techniques in intelligence analysis.