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Tara Zammit

PhD Candidate

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Tara Zammit is a PhD Candidate in the Department of War Studies. She has been awarded the SSHRC-CRSH Department of National Defence MINDS Initiative Doctoral Award to undertake her research. Tara’s research is situated within the fields of ontological security, feminist security studies, and war studies.

She holds an MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Cambridge (2019), and a BA (Hons) in Peace, Conflict and Justice and Near and Middle Eastern Civilisations from the University of Toronto (2018).

Tara is a member of the Leadership Team for Women in Defence UK, a RUSI NextGen Ambassador, and a volunteer with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Until August 2022, she was the Communications Officer for UK in a Changing Europe, an ESRC-funded initiative based in the Policy Institute at King’s College London.

In addition, Tara has extensive experience in podcast production and editing, communications and media strategy development, copywriting, and digital marketing. She also plays for KCLWRFC.

Research Interests

  • Ontological security (and insecurity)
  • Gender and conflict
  • Representations of military service
  • National and institutional identity construction
  • Military psychology


Examining service experiences and integration in the British Armed Forces through an ontological security lens

Tara's research connects diverse literatures on ontological security, feminist security studies, and war studies to explore the challenges around the implementation of diversity and inclusion policies in the British Armed Forces. She is developing a framework for better understanding the interconnectedness of these subjects through the use of an ontological security lens and an analysis of diverse service experiences with the aim of influencing policy to better support women and LGBTQ+ individuals pursuing careers in defence and security.

Publications (chronological)


Dr Amanda Chisholm and Dr Andrea Ellner