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Dr Aimée Fox

Dr Aimée Fox

  • Academics

Lecturer in Defence Studies

Research subject areas

  • Conflict and security
  • History
  • International relations
  • Policy and society

Contact details


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 in the era of the First World War, including its experiences in the 'sideshow' theatres. More broadly, she is interested in ideas around military innovation, learning, and change. She is particularly interested in how armed forces -  both historic and contemporary - accommodate and respond to change, along with the frictions associated with the movement of expertise and knowledge across organisational and geographical boundaries.

Dr Fox has published widely on the British army's experience 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 both the British Army Military Book of the Year prize for 2018 and the 2018 Templer Best First Book Prize from the Society for Army Historical Research. Her next major publication is a scholarly edition of the papers of Major-General Guy Dawnay for the Army Records Society, due for publication in 2022.

Dr Fox 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 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.

Research Interests

  • First World War
  • Military innovation, adaptation and learning
  • Civil-military relations
  • British Armed Forces, 1865-1918

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

Dr Aimee Fox PURE Profile