Professor David Whetham
Dr David Whetham is Professor of Ethics and the Military Profession at the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at the UK Defence Academy where he coordinates or delivers the military ethics component of courses for between two and three thousand British and international officers a year.
David has been a Visiting Fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, Annapolis (2011), and with the Centre for Defence Leadership and Ethics at the Australian Defence College in Canberra (2009). He is currently a PLuS Alliance Fellow, coordinating reserach activities with King's strategic partners at University of New South Wales and Arizona State University, and a Senior Visiting Fellow at UNSW Canberra.
Publications include Ethics, Law and Military Operations (Palgrave, 2010), Just Wars and Moral Victories (Brill, 2009) and with Andrea Ellner & Paul Robinson (Eds), When Soldiers Say No: Selective Conscientious Objection in the Modern Military (Ashgate: 2014).
David is Vice President of the European Chapter of the International Society for Military Ethics (Euro ISME) which holds an annual conference for military practitioners, academics and defence policy-makers.
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Lt Gen (Rtd) Professor Martin CM Bricknell CB OStJ PhD DM MBA MA MedSci
Deputy Director & Professorial Advisor “Ethics Education for Crisis Medicine”
Professor Bricknell served 34 years in the UK Defence Medical Services, culminating his service as the last Surgeon General. He undertook operational tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Balkans with multiple additional overseas assignments. In 2010 and 2006, he held senior Medical Adviser appointments in the NATO ISAF mission. He commanded 22 Field Hospital in 1999-2002. He has trained as a general practitioner and is an accredited specialist in both Public Health and Occupational Medicine. He holds two doctorates and 3 masters degrees. He has published over 100 academic papers across military medical subjects. He is especially interested in how organisations learn, care pathways in military healthcare, and the political economy of health in conflict. He was awarded the Companion of the Order of Bath, the Order of St John and the US Bronze Star during his military service. He took up his current appointment in April 2019.
Dr Deane-Peter Baker
Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Dr Deane-Peter Baker was appointed to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNSW Canberra (at the Australian Defence Force Academy) in August 2012, where he is also a researcher in the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society.
He came to Canberra from Annapolis, Maryland, USA, where he was an Assistant Professor of Ethics in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy for two and a half years. Prior to that Dr Baker was Associate Professor of Ethics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, where he taught for eleven years. His PhD, in philosophy, was awarded by Macquarie University. Dr Baker served briefly in the British Army, and served the South African Army Reserve where he was Convenor of the South African Army Strategy Research Group and part of the leadership team of the Umvoti Mounted Rifles, a reserve armoured cavalry regiment.
A specialist in both the ethics of armed conflict and military strategy, Dr Baker's research straddles philosophy, ethics and security studies. From 2006 to 2008 Dr Baker was Chairman of the Ethics Society of South Africa. He has held visiting fellowships at the Triangle Institute for Security Studies in North Carolina, the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College and Kings College London. From 2007 to 2010 Dr Baker was editor of the African Security Review. Dr Baker created the world’s first Massive Open Online Course on the topic of Military Ethics, hosted on the FutureLearn platform. In 2017 he was appointed to the International Panel for the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons.
Lt Col. Tom McDermott DSO MA
Lt Col. Tom McDermott DSO MA joined the British Army in 2001. Through fourteen years' service he has operated from the tactical to the strategic. He took part in the 2003 Iraq invasion as a tank commander, and has worked in both the EU Military HQ in Brussels and within highly-sensitive MOD departments. In 2011 he attended the Australian Command and Staff College in Canberra, where he gained an MA in Strategy and Policy and was awarded the Governor General's Prize as the best student.
In recent years he has specialised in the NATO operation in Afghanistan, planning and coordinated high-tempo strike operations throughout the country. In 2013 he commanded the Reconnaissance Force for the UK's 7th Armoured Brigade (the Desert Rats), where he led 50 air-mobile missions. For this he was awarded the UK's Distinguished Service Order. Maj McDermott has most recently been employed as an Instructor at the Defence Academy of the UK, specialising in leadership and land warfare. In October 2015 he transferred to the Australian Army.
Dr Marina Miron
Post Doctoral Researcher
Marina Miron holds a BA in Politics and American Studies (Jt Hons) from the University of Nottingham, and a MA in War & Contemporary Conflict (Distinction) from the same institution. In February 2019, Marina successfully completed her PhD studies in the area of military strategy at the University of New South Wales Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Australia. Since 2012 she has been working as assistant editor at Infinity Journal and The Journal of Military Operations. Marina has participated in a range of academic conferences such as the International Studies Association Annual Convention, and taught short courses related to strategic studies, intelligence and counterinsurgency/counterterrorism at various establishments, most notably, at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany. Marina’s main research interests include strategic and war studies with emphasis on the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Russia, the thought of Clausewitz, and forms of contemporary warfare, including cyber-warfare, and ‘irregular warfare’.
Dr Mohammed Metwally
Post Doctoral Researcher
Mo Metwally is a post-doctoral researcher with the King’s Centre for military ethics, supporting the research for health in conflict project. He is a fellow of SYLFF foundation (The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund). He has held fellowships in Jaen University, Castilla de la Mancha, and Deusto in Spain. He has also been a visiting researcher in the department of forensic medicine in the University of Palermo to study the impact of ethical leadership on the efficiency and reliability of forensic operations, and in the Institute of Statistics of Cairo University. His current research activities lie in the field of military and military medical ethics during conflict and post-conflict.
Professor Peter Mahoney CBE
Prof Mahoney is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine. He has served in both the Army Reserve (22 years) and Regular Army (18 years). Roles have included Deployed Medical Director of the Hospital in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan and the helicopter delivered Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT). In 2006 he served with the US Army's 10th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad and was awarded the Bronze Star. Before Regular Service he was an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Conflict Medicine (Leonard Cheshire Centre, UCL, 1998) and undertook a number of deployments with NGOs. His PhD in Defence and Security (Cranfield, 2018) investigated military ballistic head injury and his MBA ( University of Nottingham, 2011) looked at the deployed trauma system as a High Reliability Organisation. Peter also holds a PgD in Forensic Investigation (Cranfield, 2017) and works with the Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College supporting major inquests and Inquiries. He was the UK’s Foundation Defence Professor of Anaesthesia (2008) and with minimal resources built a thriving academically active department. Current research projects include novel medicines for pain management (Cardiff University) and neuropathic pain mechanisms (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory). He has recently been appointed as an Associate Medical Director for St John Ambulance
Lt Col Andres Eduardo Fernandez-Osorio
Andres Eduardo Fernandez-Osorio, PhD in Law and Political Science, is a Lieutenant Colonel in the National Army of Colombia currently serving as head of the Department of Postgraduate Studies at the Colombian War College (Escuela Superior de Guerra “Rafael Reyes Prieto”) and associate professor at the Colombian Army Military Academy (Escuela Militar de Cadetes “General Jose Maria Cordova”). He holds an MA in Economy, State and Society: Politics and Security (University College London, UK); an MA in International Relations (Higher School of Economics Moscow, Russian Federation); and an MA in Defence and National Security (Colombian War College).
He is a graduate of the UK Defence Academy – Joint Services Command and Staff College, and has acted as a guest lecturer at the Colombian War College (Escuela Superior de Guerra) and at the Del Rosario University (Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario). During his career, he has served as the liaison officer at the Military and Air Force attaché office of the Embassy of Colombia to the United Kingdom, and an assistant to the Military, Naval and Air Force attaché of the Embassy of Colombia to the Russian Federation.
Research Project Manager “Ethics Education for Crisis Medicine”
Holly Hughson is a Senior Advisor and practitioner researcher having operated and advised for almost two decades in high-stakes crisis response, humanitarian action and civil-military coordination. Holly’s work experience by country includes Kosovo, Sudan, South Sudan, Iraq, Russian Federation, Macedonia, Afghanistan and Ghana. As a frontline witness to 21st century conflict, Holly has seen first hand, the disruption to 20th century norms of security, power, profession and identity. Holly researches, writes and speaks on the intersections of humanitarian aid, counterterrorism, and civil-military coordination. Holly’s chapter, “The Military is Not the Sole Profession on the Battlefield” appeared in the 2018 publication from the U.S. Naval Institute Press, Redefining the Modern Military – The Intersection of Professional and Ethics, Eds, N.K. Finney and T.O. Mayfield.
Dr Stefan Schilling
Stefan is a Teaching Fellow at KCL's Defence Studies Department teaching Command and Leadership as well as International Relations, Security Studies and Civil Military Relations at the Joint Services Command and Staff College of the UK Defence Academy. He is also the School Research Manager for the School of Security Studies at King's College London, responsible for grant development and funding support for academics at the War Studies Department and the Department of Defence Studies of KCL.
Stefan has submitted his PhD at King's College London on Cohesion and Social Identity in military units in June 2019, and is currently pursuing a conversion course in Psychology, focusing on social identity, moral psychology and resilience. Stefan has worked closely with the Royal Marines and accompanied various units on military excercises overseas.
Before joining King’s, Stefan has been working at the University of Heidelberg as a Teaching Assistant, supporting courses on U.S. Foreign Policy, Military Interventions and Foreign Policy Analysis, worked at the German Council of Foreign Relations, organising conferences on NATO strategy in Afghanistan. Stefan holds an M.A. from the University of Heidelberg in Political Science and Political Science of South Asia; and has studied at the University of Toronto's Munk School for Global Affairs and at the Shanghai International Studies University.
Whitney Grespin has worked in contingency contracting, educational programming, and international development on five continents. Whitney is a PhD candidate at King’s College London’s Defence Studies Department and held a three-year Graduate Teaching Assistant studentship at the UK Defence Academy’s Joint Services Command and Staff College, where she delivered officer training to the British Army and Royal Air Force. Her academic work focuses on the USG use of contractors to deliver foreign military training and is based on her professional experiences in Afghanistan and five sub-Saharan countries.
Whitney also currently works as a contracted Peace Operations Analyst for the U.S. Army War College’s Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), and is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and adjunct instructor at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
Dr George Wilkes
Visiting Research Fellow
Dr George R. Wilkes is an Affiliated Research Fellow focused on military ethics education and its relationship with International Humanitarian Law. Director of the Project on Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace at the University of Edinburgh, he has lectured at the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Leuven, Birmingham and California. He is currently co-directing a Euro-ISME case study project on positive applications of ethical and legal norms, designed as a partner project to the ICRC’s IHL in Action platform. Other recent projects have included a cross-cultural dialogue between Chinese and Western military ethics educators, and a co-edited volume on uses of the Holocaust in military ethics education.
Dr Andrea Ellner
Dr Andrea Ellner is a Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at the UK Defence Academy. She is an inter-disciplinary scholar who holds a PhD in Political Science, Free University of Berlin, and MA History, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich. Her current research and specialist teaching focus on historical and contemporary dimensions of civil-military and military-society relations in Europe and the US, particularly gender integration in Western armed forces, ethics of war and military organisations, social discourses on war and warriors, gender and armed conflict.
She has served on the Committee of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (2005/6), was a visiting lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (2005) and a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London (1994-5).
Publications include ‘The Ethics of Inclusion: Gender Equality, Equal Opportunity and Sexual Assault in the Australian, British, Canadian and US Armed Forces,’ in George Lucas (ed.), Handbook of Military Ethics. (Routledge: forthcoming 2015) and "War Resisters in the US and Britain – Supporting the Case for a Right to Selective Conscientious Objection?" in Andrea Ellner, Paul Robinson and David Whetham (Eds), When Soldiers Say No: Selective Conscientious Objection in the Modern Military (Ashgate: 2014).
Dr Ellner is a member of the European Chapter of the International Society of Military Ethics (EURO-ISME), the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), London, the Royal United Services Institution (RUSI), London, and the British Pugwash Society.
Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2018
Isabella Gardner is an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Centre for Military Ethics, where she is working with Dr Whetham to expand the tools available for teaching and discussing military ethics. She has recently completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations at King’s College London where she specialised in the Middle East and ethical issues surrounding the reporting of conflict as a journalist. Isabella will be starting at the Home Office in September to work on refugee integration policy.
Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2017
Suji Sohn was the 2017 Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Centre for Military Ethics, where she worked with Dr David Whetham on developing curriculum content. Currently Suji is a third year Undergraduate in War Studies, with work experience ranging from military defence through to consultancy. She is interested in the financial world and looking to develop into a recognised investment analyst having completed her investment management certification in 2017.
Dr Emma Cunliffe
Research Fellow 2016
Dr Cunliffe's research interests focus on the types of damage sustained by archaeological sites in the Middle East in peace and war, and developing ways of identifying and recording the threats using satellite imagery and social media. This work has primarily focused on Syria and Iraq. As a part of this, she is also interested in civil-military relations before, during, and after conflict. Dr Cunliffe joins the Centre for Military Ethics in order to produce a Blue Shield/Cultural Heritage Property Protection online module.
Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2016
Hayley Stoate is a second year Undergraduate Political Economy student at King's College London. With a view to pursue diplomacy, she aspires to attain a well-rounded understanding of international relations: from private, security, and public perspectives. After working in a tech start-up TitanFile last year, Hayley is currently working as a research fellow for Dr. David Whetham in the field of Military Ethics before she goes on to intern in Parliament later this summer. Looking forward, Hayley hopes to pursue a law conversion immediately following her degree.
Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2016
William Reynolds is an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Centre for Military Ethics, where he is working on a project highlighting ethical dilemmas in military environments and provide prompts for discussing them in formal and informal settings, with an aim to expanding the tools into the joint environment. He is currently entering the second year of his Undergraduate degree in War Studies at Kings College London with a focus on post 1792 historical warfare up to contemporary issues.
Undergraduate Research Fellow, Summer 2015
Gwilym Williams is an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Centre for Military Ethics, at the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, where he is working with Dr David Whetham on a project to highlight ethical dilemmas in military environments and provide prompts for discussing them in formal and informal settings. He has recently completed his undergraduate degree in History at King’s, where he largely focused on military and political issues, writing his final-year dissertation on the politics of the despatch of Spitfires from Britain to Australia during the Second World War. He hopes to begin the MA War Studies programme at King’s in September, and to pursue a career relating to the armed forces and British defence policy.