Dr Joe Burton

Joe Burton

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: BScEcon (Aberystwyth), MInt.St, PhD (Otago)

About Joe

I am Senior Lecturer in the Political Science and Public Policy Programme and the New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science.  My research focuses on regional responses to transnational security challenges, most notably cyber security, and with a focus on the Euro Atlantic and Asia Pacific regions. My doctoral research analysed NATO’s durability in the post-Cold War era and how the alliance was able to adapt to a changing security environment.

Research Supervised

In 2018 I will be teaching the following courses:

300 level - Cyber Security and the Global Politics of the Internet

500 level - Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare

500 level - International Security, Strategy and Technology

Research Interests

I am interested in research collaborations and supervision in the following areas:

Cyber Security; US Foreign Policy; NATO and Transatlantic Security; Information Warfare and Strategic Communications; Science, Technology and International Security (including Artificial Intelligence and Drone Warfare); Asia Pacific Security; Terrorism and Failed States.

Recent Publications

  • Burton, J. (2017). New Zealand’s agenda at the UN and other international organisations: International Governance of Cyberspace. In SSANSE Project: Small States and the Changing Global Order: NZ Faces the Future. Conference held at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Retrieved from

  • Burton, J. (2017). Explaining the militarisation of cyberspace: historical imperatives, strategic culture and collective cyber defense. In Comparative Interdisciplinary Studies- Interdisciplinary Studies Section (CISS/ISA): Cooperation and Contestation in World Politics. Conference held at University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.

  • Wellings, B., Kelly, S., Wilson, B., Burton, J., & Holland, M. (2017). Narrative alignment and misalignment: NATO as a global actor as seen from Australia and New Zealand. Asian Security, -online, 1-14. doi:10.1080/14799855.2017.1361731

  • Burton, J., & Ko, R. (2017). Opinion: Ransomware attack needs global solution. Retrieved from

Find more research publications by Joe Burton


American Politics; Asian Politics; Cyber Security; East Asian Studies; Eastern Europe; European Union; Human Computer Interaction; International Relations; New Zealand Politics; Politics; Security; Technology; Terrorism; Violence

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Burton, Dr Joe 4724 jburton J.2.23 Political Science & Public Policy
Burton, Dr Joe 4724 jburton J.2.23 Institute for Security and Crime Science

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