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Dr Aimée Fox is a historian of warfare. Her research focuses on the twentieth-century and explores military innovation and change in historic and contemporary armed forces.

In August 2016, Aimée joined King’s from the Department of History at the University of Birmingham where she held the post of Teaching Fellow in History of Warfare. Aimée also completed her AHRC-funded doctorate on innovation and change in the British Army of the First World War at the University of Birmingham in 2015.

Aimée is a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Higher Education Academy. She is a member of the Society for Military History, serving on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal for Military History. She is a Councillor of the Army Records Society, and she also sits on the National Army Museum’s research and collections advisory panel. In 2020, she was appointed as a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Creativity at the Marine Corps University, Quantico VA. She has also held fellowships with the Australian Defence Force, Australian War Memorial, and the Royal British Legion.


Research Interests

  • First World War
  • Military innovation and adaptation
  • Organisational Learning
  • Civil-military relations
  • Social and Military History of the British Armed Forces, 1865-1939

Aimée’s primary research interests focus on the British military in the era of the First World War, including its experiences in the ‘sideshow’ theatres. Her broad research interests relate to how armed forces - both historic and contemporary - accommodate and respond to change, along with the frictions associated with the movement of expertise and knowledge between and within organisations as well as across geographical boundaries. Her current research explores the importance of social relations and informal networks to the process of innovation, and the ways in which the social politics of military organisations help or hinder innovation with a particular focus on the role of command and leadership.




Learning to Fight: Military Innovation and Change in the British Army, 1914-1918 (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

  • Winner, 2018 Templer Medal for Best First Book
  • Winner, 2018 British Army Military Book of the Year

Book Chapters

  • ‘From Gallipoli to the Western Front: The Difficulties of Learning and Adapting across Theatres’, in P. Dennis (ed.), The Skill of Adaptability: The Learning Curve in Combat (Big Sky, 2018)

Research Articles


Doctoral Supervision

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

  • Military history of the First World War
  • Military innovation, learning, and adaptation
  • British armed forces in the twentieth-century

Secondary supervisor


Dr Aimee Fox PURE Profile