Marina is currently an honorary research fellow in the Defence Studies Department (DSD)’s Centre for Military Ethics. She completed a BA in Politics and American Studies (Joint Honours) and an MA in War and Contemporary Conflict, both at the University of Nottingham. Marina was then awarded a PhD scholarship at the University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra, Australia. In February 2019, Marina successfully completed her PhD studies in the area of military strategy (with a focus on counter-insurgency campaigns in Peru, Turkey and Sri Lanka).
Since 2012, she has been working as a volunteer assistant editor at Military Strategy Magazine (formerly Infinity Journal). Marina has also taught short courses related to strategic studies, intelligence and counterinsurgency/counterterrorism at various establishments, most notably at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany and the Colombian War College in Bogota.
Presently, in her current role in the Centre for Military Ethics, Marina is working on topics related to military and military medical ethics, focusing on delivering military ethical education to the Colombian Armed Forces that is country-specific. She is also an honorary researcher in military science at the Colombian War College as well as the Colombian Centre for Military Education.
Marina is fluent in Spanish, German and Russian, near fluent in Ukrainian and reads Italian, Arabic, Hebrew and Turkish. She is also proficient in cyber issues, and is comfortable with coding using Fortran and is proficient in using SPSS.
Her current projects include a study of UK homeland resilience in light of Covid-19 (with Dr Rod Thornton, DSD) funded by a British Academy Covid-19 Small Grant. She is also conducting her post-doctoral research on the use of drones by the private sector and their impact on emergency response by civil authorities. In addition, Marina is participating in a project on military medical ethics education and its methods of delivery (with Professor David Whetham, DSD, Professor Martin Bricknell and Dr Peter Mahoney, both King’s College London Department of War Studies).
- Strategic studies
- Military strategy
- Multi-domain operations
- Military technology
- Cyber tools and artificial intelligence in a military context
- Insurgency and counter-insurgency
- Russian strategic and military thought
- Information warfare
- Middle Eastern security
- Latin American security
- Military Ethics