Durham University

School of Government & International Affairs

Staff Profile

Professor Shaun Gregory

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Professor of International Security and Director of the Pakistan Security Research Unit (PSRU) in the School of Government and International Affairs
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45687
Room number: IM211, Al-Qasimi Building
Executive Director of the Durham Global Security Institute

(email at s.r.gregory@durham.ac.uk)


Professor Shaun Gregory was Associate Dean of the School of Social and International Studies (2009-2012) and Head of the Department of Peace Studies (2002-2007, acting HoD 2011) at Bradford University and Founder-Director of the Pakistan Security Research Unit (2007-date). He was Visiting Professor at the IEP, Sciences-Po (2006), and has held research posts at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA) in New Delhi, the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) in Pakistan, and at IFRI and IRIS in Paris. He was Sir Robert Menzies Fellow at the SDSC, Australian National University.

He has lectured in the UK to many organisations including ACPO, Fusion, Tribal, the UK Royal College of Defence Studies (Seaford House), the UK Defence Academy (Shrivenham), and Cranwell, and on a number of occasions has been invited to lecture to the House of Commons Defence Forum and to give evidence to the Foreign and Defence Select Committees. He is a long-time member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS). Professor Gregory usually gives around 100-150 interviews a year to print, radio, TV and on-line media, mainly in the UK, India, Pakistan, and the US. He has contributed frequently to Oxford Analytica, Open Democracy, CTC Sentinel, and wrote regular op-eds for the Times of India. Professor Gregory is an external examiner at Nottingham University, and has been external examiner of PhDs in recent years at King's College London, the IEP (Paris), and at Quaid-i-Azam University, Karachi, Multan, and Peshawar Universities. He has held a variety of editorial, review, and advisory positions with think-tanks and universities across Pakistan.

Research Interests

  • Regional Security in South Asia (Pakistan)
  • Inter-faith Issues (Religious Minorities in South Asia)
  • European Security (French defence policy, British and French nuclear weapons, and the role of France in the 'war on terrorism')

Indicators of Esteem

  • Advisor to the UK Foreign Commonwealth Scholarships/Fellowships Commission:
  • Co-Author (with Simon Ross-Valentine): 2010 UNHCR Report on the Situation of Religious Minorities in Pakistan
  • Consultant: Professor Gregory is a consultant to NATO and in recent years has provided consultancy, policy advice, or worked in other capacities with a range of IOs, governments, and NGOs, including the UNHCR and EU, the governments and/or government agencies and militaries of the UK, US, Belgium, Canada, France, Holland, India and Pakistan, and groups such as EISF and MSF.
  • Member: Archbishop of Canterbury's Pakistan Advisory Group
  • UK Border Agency - Reviewer: UK's Country of Origin Information (COI) Report on Pakistan


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Contact Details

T: +44 (0) 191 334 5742

F: +44 (0) 191 334 5661