Dr Joe Burton

Senior Lecturer

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

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.

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. (2019). Societal cyber security: A 'New' framework for theory and policy?. In University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Burton, J. (2019). Small states and international organisations: New Zealand’s diversifying international engagement. In A. -M. Brady (Ed.), Small states and the changing global order: New Zealand faces the future (pp. 307-324). Switzerland: Springer.

  • Burton, J. (2019). Four lessons we must take away from the Christchurch terror attack. Retrieved from

  • Burton, J. (2018). NATO's durability in a post-Cold War world. SUNY Press.

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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

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