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Dr Huw Bennett

Dr Huw Bennett

Reader in International Relations

+44 (0)29 2087 1234
1.02, 8-10 North Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3DY
Available for postgraduate supervision


I joined Cardiff University in February 2016 as Reader in International Relations.  I specialise in strategic studies, the history of war, and intelligence studies, and work on both historical and contemporary issues concerning the use of military power.  My research focuses on the experiences of the British Army since 1945, in the contexts of British politics, the Cold War, the end of empire, and the War on Terror.


Career overview

  • 2016 - present: School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University.
  • 2012 - 2016: Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University.
  • 2007 - 2012: Defence Studies Department, King's College London, at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

Education and qualifications

  • 2010: Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, King's College London.
  • 2007: PhD in International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
  • 2002: MScEcon (Distinction) in Strategic Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
  • 2001: BScEcon (Hons) in International Politics and Strategic Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Honours and awards

  • Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Amsterdam, April-June 2019.
  • Research Fellow, Crime and Security Research Institute, Cardiff University, since November 2016.
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen's University Belfast, September 2015 - September 2016.
  • Visiting Research Fellow, War Studies Department and Defence Studies Department, King's College London, September 2014 - September 2015.
  • Visiting Fellow, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, September - December 2011.
  • ESRC Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary, Canada, April - June 2005.
  • ESRC Studentship for PhD study, September 2002 - December 2005.
  • ESRC Studentship for Master’s study, September 2001 - September 2002.
  • Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Lilian Friedlander Prize for Academic Achievement, 2002.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Member of the Army Records Society (Councillor, 2010-2014; 2018-).
  • Member of the Society for Military History.

Speaking engagements

I have presented my research to academic audiences at: Aberystwyth, Austin (Texas), Birmingham, Brunel, Calgary, Cambridge, Cardiff, CNRS (Paris), Cork, Dublin (UCD), Exeter, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, the Institute of Historical Research, King's College London, Leiden, Lisbon, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Madrid, New York University, Northampton, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, St. Andrews, Utrecht, and Wolverhampton; and at the annual conferences of the British International History Group, the British International Studies Association, the Political Studies Association of Ireland, the Society for Military History, and the Political Studies Association.

In addition I have presented to military or public audiences at the Australian Command and Staff College, the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College, the Krigsskolen (Oslo), the National Defense University (Washington, D.C.), RAF Wyton, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, 42 Commando Royal Marines, the Netherlands Defence Academy, the US Naval War College, the National Assemby for Wales, the Rosscarbery and District History Society (County Cork), the Amsterdam Public Library, and the Royal Air Force Museum.



















I have taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules in international history, intelligence studies, strategy, defence policy and international relations.  I supervise doctoral students in the areas of strategy, intelligence history, counter-insurgency, defence policy, and civil-military relations.

My research focuses on British military strategy since 1945, and I have published on the conflicts in Malaya, Kenya, Aden, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.  My research examines how strategy is formed and evolves, and its impact upon society.  My current projects include several articles on strategy in Aden in the Cold War, and a book manuscript for Cambridge University Press called The British Army's War in Northern Ireland, 1966-75.

I served as an expert historical witness in the Mau Mau case at the High Court in London, which resulted in 5,228 Kenyan victims of torture receiving a formal apology from the Foreign Secretary and just under £20 million in compensation.

I have received funding for research and impact work from the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Scouloudi Foundation, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, GW4, Cardiff University, Aberystwyth University, and King's College London.


My doctoral supervision expertise is in the fields of strategic studies, civil-military relations, military history and intelligence studies.

I have examined doctoral theses for Cambridge University, King's College London, the University of Glasgow, the Open University, and the University of Leicester.

Current supervision

Nicola Lester

Research student


Daniel Chesse

Research student


Hannah Richards

Research student

Past projects