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Dr Benedict Wilkinson


Ben is a Senior Research Fellow in the Policy Institute. Prior to this, he held posts as a Lecturer in Defence Studies at King’s, where he taught at the Royal College of Defence Studies, and as Head of Security and Counter-Terrorism at the Royal United Services Institute. He completed his ESRC-funded PhD under the supervision of Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman in King’s College London’s Department of War Studies.

Ben’s specialist interest is in UK defence and security policy, but over his five years at the Policy Institute he has worked on a wide range of policy areas, including social cohesion, mental health, industrial strategy and economic policy, as well as the future of London. 

Ben is Principal Investigator or co-Investigator on several projects, including King’s Impact Acceleration Account, the Burberry Inspire Project, the Responsible Tax project, a MacArthur grant, the Citizens’ Data Project and a programme of work on UK-France defence cooperation.

In addition to numerous policy reports and journal articles, Ben has edited a volume on the on the thought of Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman. His first sole-authored book is on the rise and fall of terrorist organisations in the Middle East. It is due to be published by Hurst and Oxford University Press in the spring of 2019.

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