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Head of School for the School of Security Studies: Professor Wyn Bowen

Wyn Bowen is Head of the School of Security Studies, King's College London, comprising the Defence Studies Department and the Department of War Studies. From April 2014 to August 2016, he was Head of Department/Dean of Academic Studies of the Defence Studies Department, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) at the UK Defence Academy.
Prior to April 2014, he was Director of CSSS (2007-2014). Bowen has been a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies (1995-1997) and a Centre Associate of the Matthew B. Ridgway Centre for International Security Studies, University of Pittsburgh.

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Head of Department; Dean of Research Impact: Professor Michael Goodman

Michael Goodman is Professor of Intelligence and International Affairs, Head of the Department of War Studies and Dean of Research Impact, King's College London. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Norwegian Defence Intelligence School and at Sciences Po in Paris.
He has recently finished a secondment to the Cabinet Office where he has been the Official Historian of the Joint Intelligence Committee: Volume II which will be published in 2020.

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Head of the Defence Studies Department: Professor Niall Barr

Professor Niall Barr was educated at the University of St Andrews. He has previously taught at St Andrews and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He joined the Staff College in 2000, where he teaches on a wide range of military courses, including the Higher Command and Staff Course, and conducts numerous battlefield tours and staff rides.
His main research interest concerns the Anglo-American alliance in the Second World War, but he also has an enduring interest in the Scottish military tradition. His current research project concerns the role and importance of food in war.

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Director of the King's Institute for Applied Security Studies (KIASS): Professor Christopher Hobbs

Professor Christopher Hobbs is Professor in Science and International Security within the Department of War Studies (DWS) and Director of the King’s Institute for Applied Security Studies (KIASS). A scientist by training he holds a PhD in physics from the University of London and a MPhys from Oxford University. He has served as Programme Director for the UK’s Nuclear Security Culture Programme (NSCP) since its inception in 2014.

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Head of School Administration; Operations: Mr Ralph Parfect

Ralph joined Security Studies as HoSA (Operations) in March 2020 after three years as Business Manager in the School of Global Affairs.
He has an MA (1995) and PhD (2002) from King’s, and has worked for the College in a range of academic and professional services role since 1998. His main activities outside of work include bringing up two teenage sons, cooking, and collecting and playing musical instruments.

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Charlotte O'Shaughnessy

Charlotte worked in various administrative roles within Serco between 2015-2020 and joined the Defence Studies Department Professional Services Team in March 2020. Charlotte provides administrative support to online programmes.

Dr Huw Davies

Dr Huw J Davies is a Reader in Early Modern Military History, and has been a member of the Defence Studies Department since March 2005. Dr Davies gained his PhD from the University of Exeter in 2006, and, in addition to numerous articles on Napoleonic military history, he has written two books on the subject: Wellington’s Wars: The Making of a Military Genius, published by Yale University Press in 2012 and Spying for Wellington: British Military Intelligence in the Peninsular War, published by Oklahoma University Press in 2018. His area of research focuses on the activities of the British Army between 1750 and 1850. As a result he has conducted research in the United States, India, Pakistan and Australia, as well as in archives in Europe. Dr Davies has also held fellowships at the University of Michigan, the Huntington Library in California and at Yale University.

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