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Fennell, Dr Jonathan

 Dr Jonathan Fennell

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Telephone: +44 (0) 1793 788069 

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Research Interests

Jonathan’s research is focused on twentieth century British and Commonwealth history. His particular focus is on the political, socio-cultural, institutional and economic factors that affect the conduct of war and the experience of soldiers on the battlefield. The context for his D.Phil research was the North African campaign of the Second World War, but that has now broadened out to incorporate other theatres of that conflict as well as other conflicts in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His current research, which has as its main objective the delivery of a contracted book for Cambridge University Press, takes a holistic approach to the study of the British and Commonwealth armies in the Second World War. Within the framework of British and Commonwealth strategic policy and allied strategic relations, he is investigating how not only narrowly defined ‘military’ factors, but also more broadly understood ‘human’ factors affected the war and the armies’ performance on the battlefield. The project builds on the methodological approach to studying warfare developed in his research to date and will, it is hoped, raise important questions for the understanding of contemporary challenges facing both military and civilian organizations.

Jonathan is also interested in the development and use of new approaches to teaching and learning at third level. He is a member of a collaborative project with the University of Calgary to develop game based learning, which involves investigating new methodologies for translating text based arguments into procedural rhetoric.


Dr Jonathan Fennell joined the Air Power Studies team in the Defence Studies Department as a Lecturer in March 2009 and is now based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College. Prior to this he worked as a management consultant at Credo Business Consulting LLP in London. His professional experience has also included a term as a Teaching Fellow in Defence Studies at the JSCSC. Jonathan was awarded a Doctorate (2008) and a Masters (2003) in History from the University of Oxford after completing a History and Politics Degree at University College Dublin (2002). He also studied History as an Erasmus Scholar at Université Lumière Lyon II in 2000-2001. His extracurricular activities include chairing Jacari, a University of Oxford Charity established for over 50 years.

PhD Supervision

Dr Fennell is happy to supervise PhD students in the following broad subject areas:

  • The Second World War
  • War and Social Change
  • Strategy
  • Morale and Motivation
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