Sebastian joined the Politics Department as an Associate Lecturer in Public Policy in 2018.
Sebastian’s research interests cover the governance of security, regulation, and public policy. His PhD thesis, ‘The Post-Crisis Regulation of the UK Private Security Industry’ examined the shift from 'traditional' command-and-control to more collaborative and network-oriented modes of private security regulation in the post-crisis era. This research was funded by an ESRC 1+3 Scholarship. Sebastian holds a PhD in Politics, an MA in Political Research (with distinction) and a BA (Hons) in History and Politics, all from the University of York. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has experience teaching UK politics and public policy at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
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.
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