Dr Rita Floyd

Dr Rita Floyd

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Associate Professor in Conflict and Security

Contact details

Department of Political Science and International Studies
School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
B15 2TT, United Kingdom


  • Advanced Diploma in Environmental Conservation, University of Oxford, 2012
  • PhD in International Relations, University of Warwick, 2007
  • Masters by Research in Politics, University of Edinburgh,2004
  • BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics, University of Portsmouth, 2003, 1st class


Dr Floyd has been in Birmingham since April 2012 when she was appointed Birmingham Fellow in Conflict and Security. Before then she was a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Warwick and before then an ESRC post-doctoral fellow. She received her PhD in 2007 from the University of Warwick. Her PhD was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press as Security and the Environment: Securitisation theory and US Environmental Security Policy. It appeared in paperback in 2014 and it was translated into Chinese in 2021. 

Dr Floyd's second monograph is called The Morality of Security: A theory of Just Securitization. This book was  published in 2019, also by Cambridge University Press. The book appeared in paperback in September 2021. This book was shortlisted for the Susan Strange Best Book Prize in 2020. 

Dr Floyd's  third monograph: The Duty to secure: From just to mandatory securitization is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in late 2023



  • POLS 319: Security in Europe: Actors, Crisis and Threats (formerly European Security) 


  • G22: Security Studies 


Dr Floyd works on ethics and security, specifically the ethics of securitization. She also has an interest in climate and environmental security as well as an interest in the English school. 

Other activities

  • I am a Fellow of the Institute for Environmental Security (IES), (www.envirosecurity.org/). 
  • From July 2010 – July 2011 I was an independent consultant to the Climate Change and Energy Programme of the New Economics Foundation (http://www.neweconomics.org/) on a DFID sponsored systematic review.
    See: Johnson, V., Fitzpatrick, I., Floyd, R. & Simms, A. 2011. What is the evidence that scarcity and shocks in freshwater resources cause conflict instead of promoting collaboration? CEE review 10-010. Collaboration for Environmental Evidence: www.environmentalevidence.org/SR10010.html 


Recent publications


Floyd, R 2024, The Duty to Secure: From just to mandatory securitization . Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009468947


Floyd, R & Webber, M 2024, 'Making amends: emotions and the Western response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine', International Affairs, vol. 100, no. 3, pp. 1149–1169. https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iiae074

Floyd, R 2024, 'Ontological vs. societal security: Same difference or distinct concepts?', International Politics.

Floyd, R 2023, 'Solar geoengineering: The view from just war/securitization theories', Journal of Global Security Studies, vol. 8, no. 2, ogad012, pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1093/jogss/ogad012

Floyd, R, Loader, I, Wolfendale , J, De Londras, F & Roe , P 2022, 'The morality of security: A theory of just securitisation', European Journal of International Security , vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 248-282. https://doi.org/10.1017/eis.2022.3

Floyd, R 2021, 'Security cooperation as a primary institution of western international society', Global Change, Peace and Security, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 23-44. https://doi.org/10.1080/14781158.2021.1876015

Floyd, R 2020, 'Securitization and the function of functional actors', Critical Studies on Security .

Floyd, R 2020, 'The function of Functional Actors', Critical Studies on Security , vol. 2021, no. 1.

Floyd, R 2019, 'Evidence of securitization in the economic sector of security in Europe? Russia’s economic blackmail of Ukraine and the EU’s conditional bailout of Cyprus ', European Security, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 173-192. https://doi.org/10.1080/09662839.2019.1604509

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Floyd, R 2022, EU law: The view from European schools of security. in R Deplano, G Gentile , L Lonardo & T Nowak (eds), Interdisciplinary Research Methods in EU Law. Handbooks of Research Methods in Law series, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., pp. 116-132.

Floyd, R 2022, Securitization, Desecuritization and Just Securitization. in M Webber (ed.), Oxford Handbook on NATO . Oxford University Press, Oxford .


Floyd, R 2022, Securitizing the environment. in RA Matthew , E Nizkorodov & C Murphy (eds), Routledge Handbook of Environmental Security . 1st edn, Routledge, pp. 227-239. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315107592-23

Book/Film/Article review

Floyd, R 2024, 'States and Nature: The Effects of Climate Change on Security. By Joshua W. Busby. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022. 334p. $99.99 cloth, $34.99 paper', Perspectives on Politics. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1537592724000343

Floyd, R 2023, 'Book review: Contemporary traditional, critical, and Critical environmental security studies explained and evaluated via three books', Environment and Security . https://doi.org/10.1177/27538796231167286


Hardt, JN, Jayaram, D, Harrington, C, McLaren, D, Simpson, NP, Cook, ADB, Oliveira, MC, von Lucke, F, Trombetta, JM, Daoudy, M, Floyd, R, Oramah, CP, Anthony, MC, Estève, A & Males, J (ed.) 2024, 'The challenges of the increasing institutionalization of climate security', PLOS Climate, vol. 3, no. 4, e0000402. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pclm.0000402

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