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Toby Ewin

  • Visiting
  • Research fellows

Senior Visiting Research Fellow

Research subject areas

  • Policy and society

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After reading History at Cambridge, from 1980-2010 Toby Ewin worked at the Ministry of Defence, Cabinet Office and Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre. In 2009-10 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism & Political Violence at the University of St Andrews. He was appointed OBE in 2002.


  • “Inside the mind of a bioterrorist,” in Filippa Lentzos, ed., Biological threats in the 21st Century, Imperial College Press, 2016.
  • “British account of the action off Cape Sarych, 1914,” The Mariner’s Mirror 102:2, May 2016.
  • “A unique ‘spy ring’: and an unusual naturalisation in 1923,” Magna (magazine of the Friends of The National Archives) 26:2, November 2015.
  • “Eyewitness accounts: the outbreak of war in the Black Sea, 1914,” Magna 27:1, May 2016.
  • “‘A great explosion had taken place’: the loss of the Imperatritsa Maria,” Magna 28:1, May 2017.
  • “Bosphorus defences in 1914-1915,” Magna 30:2, November 2019.


Areas of expertise:

  • First World War naval history, especially the Black Sea and Anglo-Russian naval relations.
  • CBRN terrorism