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Dr Kristian Gustafson
Deputy Head of Department / Divisional Lead / Reader


Dr. Gustafson is Reader in Intelligence & War. He is the Deputy Director of BCISS and runs our very successful Distance Learning MA in Intelligence and Security Studies. After an MA at the University of Alberta, Canada, he moved to the UK to take his PhD at Downing College, Cambridge. Before coming to Brunel, Dr. Gustafson was senior lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He has served in the Canadian Army and as a Reservist in the British Army, and taught at the Joint Services Command and Staff College of the United Kingdom.

Dr. Gustafson has conducted consultancy and advisory work for the MOD's Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, including an integral role in developing UK Joint Intelligence Doctrine. He has provided other work for the UK Land Warfare Centre, the UK Cabinet Office, and multiple units and formations across the UK military. Dr. Gustafson has delivered professional development courses to multiple Allied and partner organisations, including the EU Intelligence Centre, and the governments of Norway, Latvia, France and the United Arab Emirates. In 2013 he worked as an intelligence advisor for the General Command Police Special Units (GCPSU) of the Afghan Ministry of Interior. 


  • PhD History (Cantab)
  • MA (History) University of Alberta
  • BA (Hons) History, Royal Military College of Canada


Dr Gustafson is programme director of the MA Intelligence and Security Studies (Distance Learning), and is programme director of the new BSc in Professional Police Practice, a landmark Degree-Apprenticeship for London's Metropolitan Police.

Newest selected publications

Bryant, R., Arditti, R. and Gustafson, K. (2019) 'Assessing the Threat Posed by Registered Firearms Dealers in the UK'. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 15 (1). pp. 584 - 595. ISSN: 1752-4512 Open Access Link

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Davies, PHJ. and Gustafson, K. (2018) 'Intelligence and military doctrine: paradox or oxymoron?'. Defence Studies, 19 (1). pp. 19 - 36. ISSN: 1470-2436 Open Access Link

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Gustafson, K., Sandstrom, T. and Townsend, L. (2018) 'The Bush War to Save the Rhino: Improving Counter-poaching Through Intelligence'. Small Wars and Insurgencies, 29 (2). pp. 269 - 290. ISSN: 0959-2318 Open Access Link

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Gustafson, K. and Andrew, C. (2017) 'The other hidden hand: Soviet and Cuban intelligence in Allende’s Chile'. Intelligence and National Security, 33 (3). pp. 407 - 421. ISSN: 0268-4527 Open Access Link

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Davies, PHJ. and Gustafson, K. (2017) 'Weighing the evidence: the BCISS Iraq HUMINT Analytic Matrix Exercise'. Intelligence and National Security, 32 (7). pp. 905 - 919. ISSN: 0268-4527 Open Access Link

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