Dr Rhys Machold
- Lecturer (Politics)
I recently joined Politics following an appointment in the Department of Politics at York University (Canada). Since completing my PhD at the Balisillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University, I have held positions as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Balsilie School and as a Guest Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies.
Taking an interdisciplinary and transnational approach, my research focuses on issues of violence, security and policing with a strong focus on contemporary urban spaces. This work engages closely security markets and the roles of expertise in forms of governing. Much of my empirical focus to date has been on Palestine/Israel and India and the city of Mumbai. I also have some works in progress that address empirical dynamics related to policing and urban order in the UK and North America.
My current work explores how security knowledge moves geographically by examining transnational circuits of police expertise and training. It takes a multi-sited approach to analyse how forms of policy learning take place through embodied, experiential practices in, across, and between different countries. As part of this work, I am closely interrogating the concept of policing and security “laboratories” in understanding how certain policy experiences are constituted as exemplary cases or “models” worthy of emulation elsewhere.
Theoretically my work is influenced by post-structuralism, post-colonialism, settler colonialism, gender studies, assemblage theory and science and technology studies. It further draws on a range of critical methodological approaches including ethnography and mobile methods.
- Urban security & policing
- Terrorism, counter-terrorism & homeland security
- Security industries & markets
- Policy transfer & policy mobilities
- Experts & expertise
- Critical Security Studies & Critical Geopolitics