Dr Adam Ferhani

Department of Politics and International Relations

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow

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Dr Adam Ferhani
Department of Politics and International Relations
Elmfield Building
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S10 2TU

Dr Adam Ferhani joined the Department of Politics and International Relations as an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in October 2021. Prior to this, Adam completed his PhD in the 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.

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 forthcoming article in Security Dialogue ‘‘‘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. 


Journal articles


  • Rushton S & Ferhani A (2021) The International Health Regulations, COVID-19 and National Borders: Pursuing Health Security in a Globalized World.. RIS download Bibtex download

ESRC 1+3 Studentship

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Teaching interests

At Sheffield, Adam has contributed to teaching on a number of undergraduate modules including POL117 Introduction to International Relations, POL230 Contemporary Security Challenges, and POL237 Human Rights, Power and Politics.