Ian Slesinger

Ian Slesinger

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Ian Slesinger is a political geographer interested in the implications of technological solutions to managing geopolitical risk. He is conducting ESRC funded doctoral research into Israel’s wars in Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories from 2002-2014 to evaluate how innovations in military technologies that emerged through the global Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) have influenced political and strategic decision-making in response to the dangers of conflict in complex battlespaces such as cities, bunkers and refugee camps. He is grounding his work in a materialist approach that applies actor-network-theory and assemblage theory to matters of geopolitical concern in order to produce case studies that illustrate the more-than-human relationship between technologies and the state.


  • MSc (Distinction) in Modernity, Space and Place, Department of Geography, University College London
  • PGCE in Secondary School Geography, Institute of Education, University of London
  • BA in Anthropology, Reed College, USA


Ian earned an MSc with distinction in Modernity, Space and Place from University College London in 2012. He conducted his dissertation research on the everyday geopolitics of Israel’s border with Lebanon.  He has worked as a geography teacher in UK secondary schools and sixth form colleges since completing a PGCE in geography at the Institute of Education, University of London in 2009. Before undertaking a PGCE, he taught English language in Japan for two years.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Waging Safer War?: Technology, risk and the shift towards post-network-centric warfare in Israel’s military conflicts 2002-2014
Dr Julian Clark and Dr Sara Fregonese


Research interests

Geopolitics, military technologies, security, borders, risk, war, actor-network-theory, Israel, the Middle East North Africa region

Other activities

Ian is a Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and a member of the European Association of Israel Studies (EAIS).


Slesinger I. [forthcoming]  ‘Alterity, Security and Everyday Geopolitics at Israel’s border with Lebanon’. Journal of Borderlands Studies

Slesinger, Ian. 2016. “Alterity, Security and Everyday Geopolitics at Israel’s Border with Lebanon.” Journal of Borderlands Studies 5655 (March). doi:10.1080/08865655.2015.1124246. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08865655.2015.1124246