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Lecturer In International Relations, University of Sussex

Matthew Ford joined the University of Sussex as a Lecturer in Interational Relations in August 2013. Prior to this he was a lecturer in War and Security at the University of Hull (2010-2013), a Sessional Lecturer in Intenational Security at Birkbeck College London (2008-2009) and a Teaching Assistant at King's College London (2006-2008). Matthew has also occasionally taught as a Sessional Lecturer in History at the University of Birmingham (2009-present).

Matthew has a PhD from the Department of War Studies at King's College London (KCL); an MA in War Studies from KCL and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Reading.

Prior to completing his PhD, Matthew worked for a top four global management consultancy. After completing his doctorate in 2008 he joined the UK Civil Service as a Strategic Analyst with the Policy and Capability Studies Department of Dstl, an agency of the UK Ministry of Defence.

Matthew has published in a number of journals including the Journal of Strategic Studies, Small Wars and Insurgencies, War in History, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Parameters, the journal of the US Army War College. His research interests focus on military innovation, socio-technical change, the social construction of military effects and strategy.

A former West Point Fellow and winner of the Society for Military History's Russell F. Weigley Graduate award, Matthew has written extensively about military-technical change, especially as it relates to the infantry and their experience of battle. Matthew is an Honorary Historical Consultant to the Royal Armouries, Leeds, UK.

Matthew is the founding Editor of the British Journal for Military History, an Open Access, peer reviewed journal that offers a unique vehicle for distributing high-quality military history to an audience beyond academia.

Matthew is currently finishing a book entitled 'The Politics of the Gun' to be published by Hurst & Co, London in 2015.

Follow him on twitter: @warmatters


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    Lecturer In International Relations, University of Sussex