Alexander Kelle is a political scientist by training and received his PhD from J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main in 1996. Since then he has held positions at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, the Centre for International Security and Co-operation at Stanford University, the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford (as a Marie Curie research fellow), and Queen's University Belfast. He currently teaches politics and international relations at the University of Bath.
His research interests include the non-proliferation regimes for chemical and biological weapons as well as the relationship between scientific and technological progress and new and emerging security risks and threats. Since early 2007 he participates in the EU-funded SYNBIOSAFE project, which aims to analyse the ethical, safety and security implications of synthetic biology.
Among his publications are: Synthetic Biology and Biosecurity Awareness in Europe, Vienna: IDC, November 2007; The Changing Scientific and Technological Basis of the CBW Proliferation Problem, Ed., Bradford Science and Technology Paper Series, February 2007; Controlling Biochemical Weapons. Adapting Multilateral Arms Control for the 21st Century, with M. Dando and K. Nixdorff (Palgrave 2006); Science, Technology and the CBW Control Regimes, in Disarmament Forum, Issue 1/2005; Strengthening the Effectiveness of the BTW Control Regime - Feasibility and Options, in Contemporary Security Policy, 24(2), 2003; The Role of Biotechnology in Countering Biological and Toxin Warfare Agents, with Malcolm R. Dando and Kathryn Nixdorff Eds. (Kluwer Academic 2001).