Dr Aimée Fox is a Lecturer in Defence Studies. She conducted her undergraduate studies at the University of Birmingham between 2004-2007, where she went on to receive an MA in 2010. She completed her AHRC-funded doctorate on innovation and change in the British Army of the First World War at the University of Birmingham in July 2015. During her doctoral study, Dr Fox was a Visiting Scholar at the Australian Defence Force Academy at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. She has also held scholarships with the Royal British Legion and the Australian War Memorial.
Before joining the Defence Studies Department in August 2016, Dr Fox held the post of Teaching Fellow in History of Warfare in the Department of History, University of Birmingham. She taught subjects such as the history of the British Army, naval warfare from 1588-1945, and nineteenth and twentieth century strategic thought and operational art.
Her primary research interests focus on the British Army of the First World War, particularly its experiences in the 'sideshow' theatres. More broadly, she is interested in military administration, including planning and logistics, and military innovation. In the case of the latter, she is particularly interested in how the military accommodates and responds to change, along with the frictions associated with the movement of expertise and knowledge across organisational and geographical boundaries.
Dr Fox has published on the British army's experience of learning in the First World War. Her first monograph, Learning to Fight: Military Innovation and Change in the British Army, 1914-1918, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018 and won the British Army Military Book of the Year prize for 2018. She is a member of the Society for Military History, serving on its Moncado Prize committee, a Councillor of the Army Records Society, and she also sits on the National Army Museum's research and collections advisory panel.
- First World War
- Military innovation, adaptation and learning
- Civil-military relations
- British Armed Forces, 1865-1918
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