Adam Ferhani


  • KY16 9AX

    United Kingdom

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Research overview

Dr Ferhani’s research focuses on the politics of security, with particular interest in health security, and is broadly situated in the fields of critical security studies, International Political Sociology, and Border Studies. He is especially interested in the interplay between health security and border security.

For his doctoral research, Adam undertook extended periods of fieldwork, and this PhD thesis contributes the first in-depth empirical analysis of routine health security practice at the UK border. The thesis illuminates the mechanics of prophylactic procedures in place continually at the UK’s border, rather than emergent measures in response to public health emergencies. His Security Dialogue article ‘‘‘Yeah, this one will be a good one’’, or Tacit Knowledge, Prophylaxis, and the Border: Exploring Everyday Health Security Decisionmaking’, builds on and extends his doctoral research and attends to the modes of knowledge mobilised by frontline actors making routine health security decisions. 

His 2020 Contemporary Security Policy article (co-authored with Simon Rushton), exploring the bordered response to COVID-19 was shortlisted for the 2021 Bernard Brodie prize.


Dr Adam Ferhani joined the School of International Relations in January 2023. Prior to this, Adam was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield. Prior to this, Adam completed his PhD at the same Department (2021), and MA in Social Research in the Sheffield Methods Institute (2017). Both of these were supported by and ESRC 1+3 Studentship. He also holds and MA in International Relations from the University of York, and a BA in International Relations from the University of Leicester.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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