Edward Bryan

Edward Bryan
Cambridge Office


Ph.D. in geopolitics and political geography, University of Cambridge; M.Phil. in geographical research, University of Cambridge; B.A. (Hons) in geography, University of Cambridge


Ed Bryan (he/him) is an analyst at RAND Europe working in the areas of defence and security. His research interests concern Euro-Atlantic strategic and diplomatic relations, defence workforces, counter-extremism, (geo)political narrative analysis, as well as topics relating to German foreign and domestic security. He has also previously authored academic publications on political activism, diplomatic protocol, emerging military technologies, and surveillance infrastructures.

He has extensive experience in a range of qualitative research methods, including interviews, participant oberservation, surveys, discourse analysis, coding, and archival research. His current research at RAND focuses primarily on topics relating to armed forces personnel and careers.

Prior to joining RAND, he served as an anti-corruption intelligence researcher for UK police forces in the Eastern Region. He holds a Ph.D. (pass without correction), M.Phil., and B.A. (Hons) in geopolitics and political geography from the University of Cambridge. He is a Downing College Foundation Scholar and was awarded a visiting research fellowship at the Freie Universität Berlin’s John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in 2019.

Selected Publications

E. Bryan, "The geopolitics of improvised language: President John F. Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" address," Area, 2020

E. Bryan, "Trump's UK state visit: the little details that reveal the true health of the 'special relationship'," The Conversation, 2019

E. Bryan, "The culture of surveillance: watching as a way of life," Social and Cultural Geography, 19(8), 2018

E. Bryan, "Taiwan: how airlines are being dragged into China's bitter dispute over the island's sovereignty," The Conversation, 2018

E. Bryan, "Drones, Diplomacy, and More-than-human Geopolitics," Geopolitics, 32(2), 2018