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.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

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

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.

Recent Publications

  • Steff, R., Burton, J., & Soare, S. R. (Eds.) (2020). Emerging technologies and international security. Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780367808846

  • 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.

  • Steff, R., Burton, J., & Soare, S. R. (Eds.) (2020). Emerging technologies and international security machines, the State and war. Routledge Studies in Conflict, Security and Technology.

  • 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

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