Breaking new ground in security politics

If we lose the environment all other battles will be meaningless, Dr Rita Floyd tells Ros Dodd.

As she took her place in the lecture theatre on her first day at a UK university following four years of globe-trotting, German-born Dr Rita Floyd knew instantly what she wanted to do with her life.

‘I travelled to different countries, working and learning English, but then I decided I wanted to go to university, but not in Germany,’ recalls Rita. ‘So I enrolled on the Politics and International Relations course at the University of Portsmouth. The first lecture was on the changing nature of war and I remember sitting in the lecture theatre and thinking, “This is it; I’m going to do this for good”. I could understand everything – the logic and the English.’