Ankita is a PhD scholar at the Indian Institute King’s College London. Funded by the Tagore Centre Studentship at King’s, her thesis focuses on the Santiniketan ashram of Rabindranath Tagore and critically analyses his educational philosophy as the expression of his political will. Currently, she teaches undergraduate students at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s. Her wider research interests span global intellectual history, South Asian politics, histories of nationalism, and conflict. Her MPhil and Masters in Political Studies were from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She graduated from St. Xavier’s College Kolkata where she was awarded a certificate of merit for standing first in semester I-VI examinations.
Elizabeth is a PhD researcher in the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London. Her research revolves around the nexus of human rights and security in conflict, with a particular interest in international law and the laws of warfare. Her doctoral project focuses on the politicisation of military justice following allegations of human rights abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan.
She holds a BA in War Studies and History, and an MA in International Peace and Security, both from the Department of War Studies at King’s.
Christina is a PhD candidate in War Studies at the University of Glasgow, focusing on the rise of female partisans in the 1930s and 1940s. She received a BA in International, European and Area Studies from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in 2020, before moving to King’s College London, where she obtained an MA in War Studies in 2021.
Christina’s main research interests centre around irregular warfare, the role of women in violent non-state actors, terrorism and the Middle East.
David is an Associate Research Fellow with the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at the Nanyang Technical University in Singapore. He is also a part-time PhD candidate with the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London where his research is focussed on approaches to complexity in classical and contemporary strategic thought.
Prior to entering academia, David was a senior officer and navigator in the Royal Air Force. He is a graduate of the UK Defence College’s Advanced Command and Staff course, and has Master’s degrees in Strategic and Defence Studies. As well as his PhD research, David’s other research interests include the evolution of cold-war strategic theory and the contribution of philosophy to professional military education.
Gareth Jonas recently graduated with a Distinction in Masters of Research (MRes) Politics from the University of Exeter. His dissertation investigated the threat construction of Islam and Muslims in British newspapers between 1988-2019, synthesising Securitization Theory and Natural Language Processing methods. Prior to this, he graduated with First Class Honours in History and Political Science at the University of Birmingham. His undergraduate dissertation focused on the nexus between the securitization of the Egyptian Brotherhood and the intensification of neoliberal economics since 2013.
Gareth’s research interests centre around the relationship between language and its role in catalysing and exacerbating violence on both the intra- and inter-state levels. His research interests primarily concern securitization theory and social-psychological approaches to conflict; particularly the study of radicalisation and terrorism.
You can follow him on Twitter @jonas_gareth
Natasia Kalajdziovski is a PhD candidate at Middlesex University, where she was awarded a fully-funded research studentship to complete her studies. She holds a first-class MA from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and an Honours BA from the Department of History at the University of Toronto. Broadly speaking, her research examines the role and conduct of intelligence practice in counterterrorism in the national security context, using historical case studies as the foundation of her research.
Outside of academia, Natasia frequently contributes to publications in the counterterrorism field, and she consults with various organisations as a subject-matter expert in her areas of research expertise. Most recently, her work can be found in the Georgetown Security Studies Review, the British Council’s “Extremism Research Forum” and the Berghof Foundation’s “Community Perspectives on Violent Extremism” project. She is also a junior research affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS).
Lin is a fully-funded doctoral researcher in the War Studies Department at King’s College London.
Her research interests include: Strategic Studies, Chinese Studies, and National Identity.
Li Lin did her BA in Law at School of International Studies, Peking University in Beijing; MA in Geopolitics, Territory and Security at Department of Geography, KCL; MA in History of Warfare, Department of War Studies, KCL.
She has previously worked as TA for School of International Studies and RA for the Institute of International and Strategic Studies of PKU, and in her gap year as Program Manager for Office of International Affairs. She is an Observer of PKU Youth Think Tank since 2018. Li Lin is also an international Chinese Zheng musician who has published concerto CDs and held a series of concerts internationally. She also writes as a columnist.
Tim is a PhD candidate at the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London.
His research examines how the Royal Navy maintained access to overseas naval bases during the interwar period, in light of naval arms treaties, constitutional developments across the British Empire, and emerging threats from new naval powers.
Orion is a doctoral researcher currently at the Department of War Studies – King’s College London.
He joined the Department of War Studies in 2019, as part of the Joint PhD programme between King’s College London and the University of São Paulo, his home institution.
He holds an MA (Hons) in International Security from the University of Groningen and a BA in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, with a period at the Sorbonne University – Paris XIII.
His current doctoral research is on nuclear weapons and politics, particularly the symbolism behind nuclear weapons. He analyses the overarching relation between symbolism, identity, and behaviour within the nuclear arena, focusing on the history of US nuclear strategy post-Hiroshima. Consequentially, Orion’s areas of interest are nuclear security, non-proliferation, arms control, interdisciplinary approaches to International Relations (drawing from areas such as Anthropology and Psychology), as well as International Security in its broader sense.
His doctoral research is being funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), and he is currently affiliated to the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) – King’s College London and the Centre for International Relations Research (NUPRI) – University of São Paulo.
You can follow him on Twitter @orionoda
William Reynolds is a Leverhulme Scholar Doctoral Candidate with the Centre of Grand Strategy and Laughton Unit in the War Studies Department, Kings College London.
Graduating with a Bachelor’s in War Studies, and Masters in National Security Studies from the same department, William’s interests have evolved from military history to maritime security and grand strategy, particularly regarding Britain and the Indo-Pacific area. William’s research focuses on British and Japanese interactions in the grand strategic space post-1945.
Over the years, William has conducted work with the King’s Japan Programme regarding maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region, with a particular focus on the maritime arena as a domain for interstate interactions. This has included United States Navy carrier and amphibious group deployments, Royal Navy deployments in the region from 1998 and, more recently, Chinese and Japanese Coast Guard procurement, history and interactions in the East China Sea.
Outside of University, he has worked as a research analyst for an IED threat mitigation company, with a focus on Europe and Syria. You can follow him on Twitter @war_student.
Shounak Set is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow at King’s College London, specialising in Foreign Policy Analysis and Strategic Studies; and his work focuses on Outer Space and Nuclear Proliferation, with reference to India. Primarily inclined towards understanding the global dynamics shaping the emerging era, his interests encompass issues of statecraft, warfare and diplomacy. In addition to academic publications, Shounak has authored policy papers (Carnegie Endowment, Royal United Service Institution and Observer Research Foundation) and contributed to media outlets (Business Standard, The Hindu: Business Line and The Diplomat). His research has received the support of the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research and the University Grants Commission in India, where he served as a university academic prior to joining KCL. He can be followed @shounakset.
Constance Wilhelm is an experienced researcher and Public and Humanitarian Policy consultant, specialising in conflict-affected areas and fragile states. She has worked with think tanks at Princeton University and New York University, with the Afghan Mission to the UN in New York, the OECD in Paris, humanitarian and international development organisations and consulting firms in Lebanon (leading teams in Syria), in Jordan (leading teams in Yemen), in Afghanistan, in Libya, as well as across both the Horn of Africa and the Sahel-Lake Chad region. She has conducted research and analysis work for the EU, the U.S. government, European and African governments, the World Bank, and UN agencies. Constance has an MA in Conflict Management and International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA from McGill University.
As a doctoral researcher with the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, her research interests at King’s include the foreign women that have joined IS, and socio-legal approaches for their return.
Jaya Yadav is a PhD scholar at the University of Delhi, working on reimagining South Asia through an interdisciplinary lens focusing on literary representations of intersections of historiography, migration, and borders.
She received her BA from Lady Shri Ram College for Women in English Literature, before completing her Master’s and MPhil at the Department of English, University of Delhi. She has traveled extensively in the region, in order to chronicle oral histories of the Partition and the Liberation War of 1971, namely in Bangladesh, and was in Dhaka at the onset of the Rohingya crisis.
She works as an Assistant Professor, teaching English literature to undergraduate students and is currently engaged with the research project, ‘Covid Chronicles’ which aims to delineate trajectories of social, psychological, and economic changes in the city amongst students and other groups of people. She grew up in Turkmenistan, England and Nepal, before relocating to India for university and continues to connect with diaspora from Afghanistan and Nepal, who reside in Delhi.