Derek B. Miller

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Derek B. Miller
Research Associate

Email: miller (at)
Phone: +1 617 440 4409

Derek B. Miller, Ph.D, is Director of The Policy Lab®, (est. in 2011) and a novelist. Miller has been working as a scholar/practitioner in international affairs and public policy for twenty years, including almost ten years with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research.
Miller was educated at Sarah Lawrence College (BA, Liberal Arts), Georgetown (MA, National Security Studies), Oxford (St. Catz and Linacre Colleges), the Graduate Institute (Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures or DES in international relations) and the University of Geneva (Ph.D, international relations). His work is situated at the nexus of international peace and security, development, and humanitarian action and his primary intellectual commitment involves crafting tools and methods for better using knoweldge in the design of solutions for the public good.
Miller is also an award-winning novelist and a screenwriter. His debut novel — Norwegian by Night — was selected for seven literary awards and was published in 16 territories in 14 languages. His second novel, The Girl in Green, is published by Faber and Faber on their prestigious fiction list, and is forthcoming in the U.S. with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017.

Field(s) of Interest

  • Administrative behavior
  • Evidence-based policymaking
  • Cultural Research
  • Comparative Ethics
  • International Relations
  • The Middle East
  • Countering Violent Extremism
Selected Publication
  • Miller, Derek B. (2016). 'Top 10 books about the Iraq war.' The Guardian
  • Miller, Derek B. (2016). 'The Chilcot report reveals everything we've forgotten since 1945.' The Guardian
  • Miller, Derek B. and Lisa Rudnick (2014) 'A Prototype for Evidence-based Programme Design on Reintegration', United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Geneva.
  • Miller, Derek B. and Lisa Rudnick (2012), 'A Framework Document for Evidence-Based Programme Design on Reintegration', United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Geneva.
  • Miller, Derek B. (May, 2011) 'Reducing Cultural Barriers to Maritime Security, presented to the Maritime Security Conference', 2011, by invitation of NATO's Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence (CJOS COE) and the Centre of Excellence for Operations in Confined and Shallow Waters (COE)
  • Miller, Derek B., and Lisa Rudnick (2011) 'Trying it on for Size: Design and International Public Policy?' in Design Issues, Spring 2011. MIT Press.
  • Miller, Derek B. and Ron Scollon (2010), 'Cooperative Ethics as a New Model for Cultural Research on Peace and Security' in Researching Violence in Africa: Ethical and Methodological Challenges, Brill Publishing, Netherlands. Based on a lecture 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. (2010) 'The Morality Play: Getting to the Heart of Media Influence on Foreign Policy,' Journalism Studies, Volume 11 No. 5.
  • 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 (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". 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. (2007) Media Pressure on Foreign Policy: The Evolving Theoretical Framework. Palgrave/Macmillan, New York.