Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Centre for Strategic Communications
Prior to joining War Studies, Stephen served as the UK’s 2* Director of Defence Communications (2013-15). During that period, he chaired the cross-government National Security Communications Committee and was a member of the Government Communications Board. Stephen was seconded briefly to the Cabinet Office during 2015 before joining UK Joint Forces Command where he advised the Director-General, Joint Force Development, on reform of British military influence operations.
A linguistic scientist, Stephen was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, the University of Sussex and the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is currently a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge and holds Honorary Fellowships in Defence & Security at RAND Europe and at the independent non-partisan UK think tank, ResPublica.
Area of expertise
Stephen is an information operations specialist.
- Who's Afraid of Viktor Shklovsky? On The Nature of Persuasion and the Work of an Unjustly Neglected Russian Formalist, Impact, 6-7: No 11 (August 2011)
- Crimes of Coercive Persuasion: Rectification under the Khmer Rouge, Falling Leaf: The Journal of the Psywar Society, 173, 52-55 (2001)
- Ungentlemanly Warfare: A Reassessment of British Black Propaganda Operations 1941-1945, Falling Leaf: The Journal of the Psywar Society, 171, 148-156; 172, 23-37 (2001)
- From SOB to I/OPs: The Unwritten History of British Black Propaganda 1947-97, Falling Leaf: The Journal of the Psywar Society, 171, 130-134 (2001)
- The Mardin Essay: Psychological Warfare and Public Relations, Frontline: The Global Public Relations Quarterly, 22 (4), 22-30 (2000)
- Wearing the Stag's Head Badge: British Combat Propaganda since 1945, Falling Leaf: The Journal of the Psywar Society, 170, 86-89 (2000)
- Morale Operations: The Cinderella of Covert Propaganda Operations?, Falling Leaf: The Journal of the Psywar Society, 170, 114-116 (2000)
- Understanding Body Language: Birdwhistell's Theory of Kinesics, Corporate Communications: An International Journal, 5 (3), 133-139 (2000)
- Delmer's Maxims of Subversion: British Black Propaganda Techniques in WW2, Falling Leaf: The Journal of the Psywar Society, 169, 64-70 (2000)
- Text or Context: Östman's Theory of Persuasion, The Journal of Communication Management, 4 (2), 159-163 (1999)