Kai worked in the area of chemical and biological (CBW) arms control for 12 years. His background and academic qualifications are cross disciplinary. He trained as a biologist (BSc Biology with Management Studies) before embarking on a more policy oriented path with a master’s in Technology and Innovation Management (MSc). From 2004, he worked at the Harvard Sussex Program (HSP) on chemical and biological weapons where he completed a doctorate in science and technology studies (DPhil). Currently he is attached to the Institute of International Relations of the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), as well as the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex.
Kai’s current research interests focus on policy responses to the problem of chemical and biological weapons in the changing context of conflict; ethics and societal impact of CBW; international regimes; risk & threat assessment; and the management and governance of technology and innovation.