Dr Joe Burton

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

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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.


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

Research Interests

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.

Featured Publications

Burton, J. (2015). NATO’s cyber defence: strategic challenges and institutional adaptation. Defence Studies, 15(4), 297-319. doi: 10.1080/14702436.2015.1108108

Burton, J. (2013). Small states and cyber security: The case of New Zealand. Political Science, 65(2), 216-238. doi: 10.1177/0032318713508491

Headley, J., Reitzig, A., & Burton, J. (Eds.) (2012). Public Participation in Foreign Policy (1 ed.). United Kingdom: Palgrave macmillan. doi: 10.1057/9780230367180

Forthcoming Publications

Burton, Joe (2018). NATO's Durability in a Post Cold War World, SUNY Press: New York (under contract and in production).

Recent Publications

  • Burton, J., & Christou, G. (2021). Bridging the gap between cyberwar and cyberpeace. International Affairs, 97(6), 1727-1747. doi:10.1093/ia/iiab172

  • Burton, J. (2020). Go hard, go early: Human security, economic security and New Zealand’s response to COVID-19. Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Retrieved from

  • Okpaleke, F., & Burton, J. (2020). US Grand Strategy and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles during the George W. Bush Administration. In Emerging Technologies and International Security: Machines, the State and War. Routledge Studies in Conflict, Security and Technology.

  • Burton, J. (2020). Histories of technologies: Society, the State and the emergence of postmodern warfare. In Emerging Technologies and International Security Machines, the State and War. Routledge Studies in Conflict, Security and Technology.

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Papers Taught


I am interested in supervising projects in cyber security, emerging technologies, online extremism, security organisations, and Euro-Atlantic and Asia Pacific security.