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Derek B. Miller


Derek B. Miller, Ph.D (U.S.) is the Director of The Policy Lab and a Founding Partner.

Based in Oslo, Derek has been working in security affairs for twenty years. He has been on staff or consulted for The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, the Small Arms Survey, International Alert, UNDP, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs,The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, and other. He began his career as a Congressional Intern for then-Senator William S. Cohen (R-ME) at the 104th Congress in 1994.

He has a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Geneva, a DES from the formerly-named Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, an MA with a citation for academic excellence in national security studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. He has conducted post-graduate work at both St. Catherine’s and Linacre College at Oxford. He is a native of Boston and the critically acclaimed novelist of Norwegian by Night and The Girl in Green. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Miller, Derek B. and Lisa Rudnick with Leeor Levy (2014) Towards Cyber-Stability: A Tool for Policymakers, UNIDIR: Geneva (forthcoming)

Miller, Derek B. and Lisa Rudnick (2012) A Framework Document for Evidence-Based Programme Design on Reintegration, UNIDIR: Geneva. Available at

Miller, Derek B., and Lisa Rudnick (2011) "Trying it on for Size: How Does Design Fit into International Public Policy?" in Design Issues, Spring 2011. MIT Press.

Miller, Derek B. and Ron Scollon (2011), "Cooperative Ethics as a New Model for Cultural Research on Peace and Security" in Caught in the Crossfire: Ethical and Methodological Dilemmas in Research in Violent Contexts in Africa, Brill Publishers (forthcoming 2011). First presented at the School for Oriental and African Studies, University of London, July 2008 at the conference, Researching Violence and Conflict: Methodological and Ethical Considerations.

Miller, Derek B. and Lisa Rudnick (2010) "The Case for Situated Theory in Modern Peacebuilding Practice." In the Journal for Peacebuilding and Development, Volume 5, No. 2. Pp. 62-74.

Miller, Derek B., and Lisa Rudnick with Tore Rose (2009) Designing Community Security Programmes: Getting to the "how", available through UNIDIR Resources,

Miller, Derek B. and Lisa Rudnick (2008) "Applying Cultural Knowledge to Design Problems: Notes for the U.S. Military about Challenges and Opportunities," presented to U.S. Training and Doctrine Command's "Culture Summit", 2009. Available through UNIDIR Resources,

Miller, Derek B. and Lisa Rudnick (2008), The Security Needs Assessment Protocol: Improving Operational Effectiveness through Community Security, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Geneva, Switzerland.

Miller, Derek B., Daniel Ladouceur and Zoe Dugal, (2006) From Research to Roadmap: Learning from the Arms for Development Programme in Sierra Leone, UNIDIR/UNDP-Sierra Leone.

Miller, Derek B. (2003) Demand, Stockpiles and Social Controls: Small Arms in Yemen, Occasional paper for the Small Arms Survey, Geneva, Switzerland. May, 2003. Translated into Arabic by the Jordanian Institute of Diplomacy