Dr Benedict Wilkinson
Dr Benedict Wilkinson is a Senior Research Fellow and the Interim Deputy Director of the Policy Institute at King’s. He completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman at King’s College London in 2013, before joining the Policy Institute first as a Research Associate (2013), and then Research Fellow (2014), and finally a Senior Research Fellow in 2015. From 2013 to 2015, Ben also held a Lectureship in the Defence Studies Department and taught at the Royal College of Defence Studies. Between 2010 and 2011, Benedict worked as Head of Security and Counter-Terrorism at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) where he continues to hold an Associate Fellowship. He became an Associate Fellow of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) in 2013 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2014.
As a Senior Research Fellow, Ben works across a number of inter-related policy areas, ranging from defence and security policy in the United Kingdom and beyond, via terrorism and counter-terrorism in Europe, through to issues relating to community cohesion and integration in the UK. In addition to these, he has variously worked on issues relating to London, higher and further education, public attitudes to personal data and evaluating the impact of business.
The common thread that runs through this broad portfolio of work is Ben's interest in and passion for, producing research which can improve policy and practice the wider world. In his time at the Institute, Ben has helped develop a number of tools for bringing academia and the worlds of government, business and the third sector together.
Although his portfolio is very broad, Ben's primary specialism is in defence, security and foreign policy, and in this field he has produced numerous reports, articles and other publications. In 2015, he collaborated with Professor Andrew Dorman and Professor Matt Uttley to produce a major report on the economic value of the domestic defence industry (A Benefit, Not A Burden). In 2017, Hurst and Oxford University Press published his co-edited volume (with Professor James Gow) on the thought of Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman. He is currently in the process of finalising a book on terrorism as a strategy, also due to be published by Hurst and Oxford University Press in 2018.
He has lectured widely on issues relating to defence, security and foreign policy at a range of prestigious locations, including Cambridge University, the Foreign Office, Scotland Yard, the Royal College of Defence Studies and the Middle East Association. He is also a regular commentator in the national and international media (including as-Sharq al-Awsat, RTE, the Los Angeles Times and Channel Four). In 2015, he gave a live record lecture entitled Stories of Terrorism for BBC Radio Four.
In a previous incarnation, Ben studied Classics at Jesus College, Cambridge, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, before taking a second Masters degree in Terrorism Studies at King’s College London. He also holds a Diploma in Arabic from the School of Oriental and African Studies.