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Strategic Culture and Military Transformation in Europe

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, January 29, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This project aims to attract a suitable candidate interested in strategic culture and its influence on military policy and posture in any European nation’s military forces. These can be army, navy and/or air force. In particular, the project will focus on how chosen nation/s are conceptualising and adapting to their future operating environment(s), including the effects of globalisation, conflict trends, and technologies. The PhD will be based in the strategy, strategic thought/organisational culture, future warfare, and military transformation literature’s, so potential applicants should have an interest and a basic understanding of these.

The research project aims to use these literature’s to allow the applicant to develop into an expert on strategic culture and its influence on defence policy in their chosen region/nation, ideally in close cooperation with the defence establishment. Suggested methodologies include content analysis of policy documents, interviews with defence and military personnel, and potentially surveys. Proposals addressing these themes will be accepted on any European nation.

If you are interested in this project, please read Anthony King (2011) The Transformation of Europe’s Armed Forces, Cambridge CUP, and Laurence Freedman (2017) The Future of War: A History, Allen Lane: London as a starting point.

Anticipated start date: September 2019

Funding Notes

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a First or high Upper Second Class UK Honours degree (or the equivalent qualification gained outside the UK) in a relevant subject. Applicants applying for a +3 award should hold, or expect to receive, a relevant Master’s level qualification.

Application Deadline is 29th January 2019, 12 Noon GMT

Full details on how to apply can be found here: View Website

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