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Rita Floyd

Rita Floyd (PhD, MSc, BA Hons) is Fellow at the Institute for Environmental Security and British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, UK.

Her area of expertise is security studies with a particular focus on environmental security. Her book "Security and the Environment: Securitisation theory and US environmental security policy" (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) is the first book to comprehensively bring together the subject of environmental security and the Copenhagen school's influential securitisation theory. Using the example of the United States environmental security policies under the Clinton and Bush administrations from 1993 through to 2009, the book proposes a revision of securitisation theory that both allows insights into the intentions of securitising actors and enables the moral evaluation of environmental security policies. The empirical analysis draws on numerous original interviews with the majority of the former key players in United States environmental security.

In addition, together with Dr. Richard Matthew (University of California at Irvine) she is currently co-editing a book on all the various and competing approaches to environmental security with the provisional title Environmental Security: Frameworks for Analysis.

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