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Dr Benedict Wilkinson is Director of Research in the Policy Institute at King’s College London. He has conducted extensive research across numerous areas of public policy, with a particular focus on defence, security and foreign policy. He is highly experienced in translating research and evidence into policy impact, and has overseen the ESRC’s Impact Acceleration Account at King’s College London since 2016.

Prior to joining the Policy Institute, Ben completed an ESRC-funded PhD under Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman in the Department of War Studies. He has previously worked at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), where he was Head of Security and Counter-Terrorism, and at the Royal College of Defence Studies. He has written two books, his most recent on terrorism as a failed strategy which was published by Hurst and Oxford University Press in 2020.