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World-leading interdisciplinary research from the heart of UK Defence engaging policy makers from around the globe.

Our research addresses issues of concern for the public, for policymakers and policy practitioners and we work closely with other areas at King’s College London, particularly the Department of War Studies, to seek solutions to some of the most pressing problems of our time.

Our research covers military, naval, diplomatic and imperial history, international relations, defence and regional security policy studies, strategic studies, and the ethics of conflict.

Our unique position, an academic department based at the Defence Academy, heavily influences our research. We are able to draw on the experiences and knowledge of not only UK officers, but officers from a wide range of allied nations.

Our research is therefore able to benefit from and influence defence thinking and policymaking not just in the UK, but also across the world.

Our research



Our research has real world impacts on society, the environment and economy.

PhD Research

PhD Research

The Department welcomes applications and research proposals covering all areas of defence, and is…


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