Professor Richard G. Whitman is Head of the School of Politics and International Relations, Professor of Politics and International Relations and Director of the Global Europe Centre, at the University of Kent with focus on EU’s and the UK’s foreign policy.
Currently, Professor Whitman is Senior Fellow at the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and a Senior Visiting Fellow at Chatham House (formerly known as Royal Institute of international Affairs) where he also served as the Head of the European Program (2004 - 2006). He is also an Academic Fellow at the European Policy Centre, an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences since 2007, and from 2009 to 2012 an elected Chair of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES). In 2014 has been elected a Trustee of the British International Studies Association (BISA).
He served as Professor of Politics at the University of Bath (2006 - 2011) and Professor of European Studies at the University of Westminster (2001 - 2003) where he was also Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy (2001 – 2003).
Co-editor of the Routledge book series Studies in European Security and Strategy, contributor to leading journals such as International Affairs and the Journal of Common Market Studies, Cooperation and Conflict, member of the editorial boards of European Security and Studia Diplomatica, think tanks’ researcher as well as regular media commentator, his current research interests include the foreign relations, security and defense policies of the EU as well as the governance and future priorities of the EU.
Among his recent publications are: The Handbook on European Security (2012), The European Union as a Global Conflict Manager: Seeking security through engagement (2012), From Civilian Power to Superpower: The international identity of the European Union (2008).