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Philip Sabin

Professor Philip Sabin

Professor of Strategic Studies

Philip small pic 2015Department of War Studies 
Room K7.06
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2202
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2026

Office hours during terms 1 and 2 are normally between 1500 and 1600 on Tuesdays and between 1200 and 1300 on Thursdays.



I studied History and Natural Sciences at Queens’ College Cambridge, and did my PhD in the War Studies Department.

I held research fellowships at Harvard University and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. I played a leading role in establishing King's academic partnerships with the Joint Services Command and Staff College and the Royal College of Defence Studies, as well as chairing the University of London's Military Education Committee.

Research interests

My areas of interest cover:

  • Conflict simulation 
  • Air power
  • Ancient Warfare
  • World War Two

I have written or edited 15 books and monographs and several dozen articles and chapters on a wide range of military topics. My recent publications include:

Download Professor Sabin's select publications here or visit the Research Portal


I teach and convene the following modules:


  • 5SSW2005 World War Two in Europe
  • 6SSW2029 Warfare in the Ancient World


  • 7SSWM144 Conflict Simulation
Doctoral supervision

I supervise PhDs in the following general areas:

  • Air power history and theory
  • Conflict analysis and simulation
  • Ancient military history
  • World War Two in Europe
  • Contemporary strategy and defence debates
Expertise and Public Engagement

My past research interests have included British defence planning and public opinion about defence, but my main focus now is on the analytical modelling of warfare as a dynamic strategic and tactical contest. I have used this analytical approach to study two areas in particular – the air power contests of the 20th century, and the great land battles of the ancient world.

You can find more details about  my research on the web pages devoted to two major recent books on Lost Battles and on Simulating War. I am a consultant in this area for the UK Ministry of Defence, and I co-organise the annual Connections UK conference for wargames professionals from around the world, as detailed here. I am currently contracted by the British Army's new Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research to design a Camberley Kriegsspiel with which officers may practise battlegroup tactics.

The highly innovative use of simulation and gaming techniques for the modelling of past conflicts extends also to my teaching, especially in the MA option which is detailed further on the Conflict Simulation page.

I am a long-standing member of the Chief of the Air Staff's Air Power Workshop, appear regularly on radio and television, and have lectured throughout Europe and North America as well as further afield in countries ranging from Japan and Korea to Chile.

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