Prior to that he was Marie Curie Research Fellow at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) working on the European Commission-funded project Strategic Cultures of Cyber Warfare (CYBERCULT). He was also a Senior Lecturer in the New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science (NZISCS) at the University of Waikato. Joe is the author of NATO’s Durability in a Post-Cold War World (SUNY Press, 2018), the editor of Emerging Technologies and International Security: Machines, the State and War (Routledge, 2020) and his work on cyber security has been published in International Affairs, Defence Studies, Journal of Cyber Policy, Asian Security and Political Science.
Dr Burton teaches courses on Cyber Security, Cyber Diplomacy, Artificial Intelligence, American Foreign Policy, NATO, Strategic Studies and International Security. He has worked as a cabinet level ministerial advisor in New Zealand and the UK, national campaign coordinator, legislative assistant, researcher, and political organiser. He is the recipient of the US Department of State (DoS) SUSI Fellowship (New York, Washington D.C.), the Taiwan Fellowship (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taipei), and has been visiting researcher and lecturer at the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE, Tallinn, Estonia). He is also the coordinator of the EU-funded Jean Monnet Network CYDIPLO – European Cyber Diplomacy (cyberdiplomacy.net).
Dr Burton has participated in policy development and cyber capacity building processes in New Zealand (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Intelligence Community) and in the ASEAN Region (ASEAN Regional Forum, ADMM+ Experts Working Group on Cyber Security, bi/trilateral track 1.5 and track 2 dialogues, e.g. Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia Pacific – CSCAP). His research has received funding from the New Zealand Police, the US Department of State, the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme (NATO SPS), NATO CCDCOE, and the European Commission (Marie Curie program and CYDIPLO Jean Monnet Network).