Nicola Horsburgh

Dr. Nicola Horsburgh

Researcher, Department of International Relations, University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Horsburgh serves at the Department of International Relations at the University of Oxford, St. Antony’s College. She is a third year doctoral candidate and British Inter-university Chinese Centre (BICC) student in the Department of International Relations at the University of Oxford, St. Antony’s College, supervised by Professor Foot. Her research explores Chinese engagement in the global nuclear order since 1949. Between 2003 and 2006, Horsburgh was a research fellow at King’s College London, working on nuclear nonproliferation in Northeast Asia. Horsburgh holds a BSc Econ (Hons) in International Politics and Strategic Studies from the University of Aberystwyth, an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford. She has also studied at the University of Southern California and Peking University.


  • co-edited with Astrid Nordin and Shaun Breslin, China, globalisation and innovation, (forthcoming 2012-13).
  • ‘China and nuclear proliferation since 1949’, Limes (in Italian), special issue (forthcoming June 2012)
  • ‘Change and innovation in Chinese nuclear weapons strategy’, China Information, Vol. 26 (2), July 2012, pp. 185-204.
  • Fernando Mañas, Javier Jordan and Nicola Horsburgh, ‘Strengths and Weaknesses of Grassroot Jihadist Networks: The Madrid Bombings’, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Vol. 31 (1), 2008, pp.17-39.
  • with Javier Jordan, ‘Politics vs. Terrorism: The Madrid Case’ in George Kassimeris eds., Playing Politics with Terrorism: A User’s Guide, (Hurst and Company: London, 2007).
  • with Javier Jordan, ‘Spain and Islamist Terrorism: Analysis of the Threat and Response 1995-2005’, Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 11 (2), 2006, pp. 209-229.
  • with Javier Jordan, ‘Spain: Islamic extremism’, in Karin Von Hippel, ed., Europe Confronts Terrorism, (Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2005).
  • with Javier Jordan, ‘Mapping Jihadist Terrorism in Spain’, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Vol. 28 (5), 2005, pp.169-191.