Dr Rita Floyd

Dr Rita Floyd

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Senior Lecturer in Conflict and Security

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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 is currently working on her third monograph, provisionaly titled: The Duty to secure: From just to mandatory securitization.



  • 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 2019, The Morality of Security: A Theory of Just Securitization . Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108667814


Floyd, R, Loader, I, Wolfendale , J, De Londras, F & Roe , P 2022, 'The morality of security: a theory of just securitization. Symposium', 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

Floyd, R 2019, 'States, last resort and the obligation to securitize', Polity, vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 378-394. https://doi.org/10.1086/701886

Floyd, R 2018, 'Collective securitisation in the EU: normative dimensions', West European Politics. https://doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2018.1510200

Floyd, R 2017, 'Parallels with the hate speech debate: the pros and cons of criminalising harmful securitising requests', Review of International Studies. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0260210517000328

Floyd, R 2016, 'A new standard for the evaluation of solidarist institutions', Journal of International Relations and Development. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41268-016-0004-x

Floyd, R 2016, 'Extraordinary or ordinary emergency measures: what, and who, decides the “success” of securitisation?', Cambridge Review of International Affairs, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 677-694. https://doi.org/10.1080/09557571.2015.1077651

Floyd, R 2015, 'Environmental security and the case against rethinking criminology as 'security-ology'', Criminology and Criminal Justice, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 277-282. https://doi.org/10.1177/1748895815584720

Floyd, R 2015, 'Global climate security governance: a case of institutional and ideational fragmentation', Conflict, Security and Development, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 119-146. https://doi.org/10.1080/14678802.2015.1034452

Floyd, R 2015, 'The question of value-added: a response to Burke', Critical Studies on Security , vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 162-166. https://doi.org/10.1080/21624887.2015.1065110

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Floyd, R 2016, The promise of theories of just securitization. in J Nyman & A Burke (eds), Ethical Security Studies: A new research agenda ., Chapter 5, Routledge, pp. 75-88.

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