Dr Mark Erbel
Dr Mark Erbel joined City as a Lecturer in International Relations in September 2016. From 2014 to 2016, he was a Senior Lecturer (C1) in Defence and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
He holds a PhD in War Studies, for a dissertation on the causes, politics, and future of military outsourcing, and an MA in International Relations from King’s College London, and a BA in History from the Free University of Berlin. While at King's, he co-founded the Private Military and Security Research Group which built a network of academics, practitioners, government officials, and activists around the area of private security, and organised conferences and seminars.
His research interests are in the areas of international security, empire and imperialism, foreign and defence policy-making, the supply of war, and military-to-military relationships with a regional specialisation in the U.S., UK, Germany, and the Middle East.
PhD, War Studies, King's College London
MA, International Relations, King's College London
BA, History, Freie Universität Berlin
Dr Erbel's wider research interests are in the areas of international security, empire and imperialism, foreign and defence policy-making, the supply of war, and military-to-military relationships with a regional specialisation in the U.S., UK, Germany, and the Middle East. He obtained his PhD with a dissertation on the drivers, politics, and future of military outsourcing, combinig earlier studies and research into armed non-state actors and policy-making. His next research project will examine the mechanisms and sustainment of U.S. global power, in particular the role played therein of private contractors.
His research has been published in the Journal of Strategic Studies, the Journal of Contemporary European Research, the H-Diplo | International Security Studies Forum, the Routledge Handbook on Private Security Studies, and the Routledge Research Companion on Security Outsourcing, and is forthcoming in the Routledge Handbook of Defence Studies.
- Erbel, M. (2016). The Politics of Outsourcing Military Support Services. In Berndtsson, J. and Kinsey, C. (Eds.), The Routledge Research Companion to Security Outsourcing (pp. 231–240). Abingdon: Routledge ISBN 978-1-317-04221-1.
- Erbel, M. and Kinsey, C. (2015). Privatizing Military Logistics. In Abrahamsen, R. and Leander, A. (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Private Security Studies (pp. 70–78). Abingdon, New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-91432-7.
- Erbel, M. (2011). Contractors in the “War on Terror”: Enabling Global Military Deployment. E-International Relations.
- Erbel, M. (2017). The underlying causes of military outsourcing in the USA and UK: bridging the persistent gap between ends, ways and means since the beginning of the Cold War. Defence Studies, 17(2), pp. 135–155. doi:10.1080/14702436.2017.1294970.
- Erbel, M. and Kinsey, C. (2015). Think Again – Supplying War: Reappraising Military Logistics and Its Centrality to Strategy and War. Journal of Strategic Studies pp. 1–29. doi:10.1080/01402390.2015.1104669.
- Kinsey, C. and Erbel, M. (2011). Contracting out support services in future expeditionary operations: Learning from the afghan experience. Journal of Contemporary European Research, 7(4), pp. 539–560.
IP1014 - Myths and Mysteries in World Politics
IP1015 - International Relations Theories
IP2025 - Security Studies: Contemporary and Emerging Issues
Director - MA International Politics
Coordinator and convenor of SAM005 - Applied Qualitative Data Analysis
- ISA Annual Convention 2017. (Conference) Baltimore, United States of America (2017). Panel Member.
Paper: Private Defence Contractors and/in the U.S. State: The Merger of “Public” and “Private” in the Practice of U.S. Hegemony
Author: Erbel, M.
- Seminar series "Diplomatie et l'outil militaire". Science Po-CERI, Paris (2016).
Description: Presented paper “The Mechanics of Sustaining U.S. Empire: Symbiotic Military and Corporate Activities on the Periphery"
- EISA 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations. Giardini Naxos (2015).
Description: Presented paper "Sustaining U.S. ‘Empire’: Training, Supplying, and Partnering with Foreign Militaries"
- Conference “Acquisition and its Theoretical Foundations”. Cranfield University, Shrivenham (2014).
Description: Presented paper “Defence Services Acquisition in Context: Strategy, Politics, Economics”
- ISA Annual Convention 2013. San Francisco (2013).
Description: Co-organised panel and presented paper "Exploring the Politics of Contractorisation: ‘the Bias towards Business’ and its Ramifications for Democratic Accountability and Transparency"
- Security in an Uncertain World. Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) (2012).
Description: Co-organised and presented at the second Private Military and Security studies conference.
- ISA Annual Convention 2012. San Diego (2012).
Description: Presented paper "Private Contractors and Contractorisation in the Defence Policy Process: Redistributing Power? An Exploration"
- Private Military and Security Conference: Beyond Iraq and Afghanistan. King's College London (2011).
Description: Co-organised and presented at this first of two conferences on Private Military and Security studies.