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Sebastian Booth



Dr. Sebastian Booth is a Lecturer (T&S) in Public Policy. Sebastian’s main research interests lie in the governance of security, with a particular focus on the regulation of the private security industry. His ESRC-funded PhD research analysed changes in the regulation of the UK private security industry in the post-crisis era, intersecting with key debates on: (i) the changing nature of regulation, (ii) the shifting relationship between the state and security, and (iii) the growth and legitimation of the private security industry. He is also interested in bureaucratic politics and the political nature of public organisations.  Sebastian’s teaching and supervision duties broadly cover the fields of public administration, public management, public policy, and UK politics. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Sebastian holds a PhD in Politics, MA in Political Research, and BA (Hons) in History and Politics, all from the University of York.



  • Introduction to Democratic Politics - POL00002C
  • Politics in the United Kingdom - POL00008I



  • Leading and Managing Change – POL00089M
  • Public Management and Delivery – POL00011M


Selected publications

Book Chapters

  • Booth, S. and Smith, CJ. (2018). ‘The uneven regulation of private security in ASEAN member states’ in A. Arduino and X. Gong (eds.) Securing the Belt and Road Initiative: Risk Assessment, Private Security and Special Insurances Along the New Wave of Chinese Outbound Investments. London: Palgrave, 17-38.


Contact details

Mr Sebastian Booth
Department of Politics and International Relations
University of York
Heslington Lane
YO10 5DD

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