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Dr Andrea Ellner

Dr Andrea Ellner

  • Academics

Lecturer in Defence Studies

Research subject areas

  • Conflict and security
  • International development
  • International relations
  • Policy and society
  • Politics

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Dr Ellner is an inter-disciplinary scholar who holds a PhD in Political Science and International Relations (thesis: Role Images and the Royal Navy - British Naval Policy, 1970-1990), Free University of Berlin, and an MA History and German Literature, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich.

Before joining DSD in 2007 she lectured on International Security Studies at the University of Reading and led the Graduate Institute of Political and International Studies. She was Editor-in-Chief of the peer reviewed journal European Security, 2004-08, a visiting scholar at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, in 2005. She researched fissile material security in the Former Soviet Union at IISS in 1994-5 and has in the past worked on European security, nuclear non-proliferation as well as British and co-operative defence acquisition.

Dr Ellner’s research focuses on historical and contemporary dimensions of civil-military relations in Britain, Europe and the US. She is specifically working on moral injury, gender integration in Western armed forces, ethics of war and military organisations, social discourses on war and warriors, sexual violence and its prevention within Western militaries and in armed conflict. She has written and delivered papers at international and national conference on these topics. She is a member of the Core Team and Subject Matter Expert on gender, armed forces and violent conflict in the Centre for Military Ethics, King’s College, London.

Dr Ellner is also lead of the Society, Culture & Law research theme.

Research Interests

  • Civil-military relations (political, historical, sociological and ethical dimensions)
  • Military & society (historical, cultural, political and ethical dimensions)
  • Gender, war & peace (historical, political, strategic and ethical dimensions; incl. Women/Gender Peace & Security Agenda)
  • Moral injury in service personnel
  • Military ethics 

PhD Supervision

Dr Ellner is happy to supervise PhD students in the following broad subject areas (historical and contemporary dimensions):

  • Civil-military relations
  • Social discourses on war and the military
  • Moral injury in military personnel
  • Conscientious Objection to military service
  • Gender, military & armed conflict
  • Gender/Women, Peace & Security Agenda
  • Gender-based sexual violence – conflict related and in armed forces

Publications include 

  • "Moral Injury – A British Perspective" in B. Allenby, A. Ellner, T. Frame eds. Moral Injury: Towards an International Perspective. Tempe: Center on the Future of War, ASU, 2017.
  • ‘The Ethics of Inclusion: Gender Equality, Equal Opportunity and Sexual Assault in the Australian, British, Canadian and US Armed Forces,’ in George Lucas (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Military Ethics. (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015
  • "War Resisters in the US and Britain – Supporting the Case for a Right to Selective Conscientious Objection?" in A. Ellner, P. Robinson and D. Whetham (Eds), When Soldiers Say No: Selective Conscientious Objection in the Modern Military (Ashgate: 2014).

Dr Andrea Ellner PURE Profile