Aimee Fox
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Dr Aimée Fox is an historian of warfare and is currently Director of PGR (DRSC chair) in the Defence Studies Department. Her research focuses on warfare in the twentieth century and explores how military organisations innovate and change in historic and contemporary contexts.

In 2016, Aimée joined King’s from the Department of History at the University of Birmingham where she also completed her AHRC-funded doctorate on innovation and change in the British Army of the First World War.

Aimée is a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Higher Education Academy. She currently sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of British Journal for Military History and was a former editorial board member for Journal of Military History (2020-21) and Journal of Advanced Military Studies (2021-24). She is an elected Trustee of the Society for Military History and also serves on the National Army Museum’s research and collections advisory panel, which helps shape the museum’s exhibitions and collections policies. Aimée has held fellowships with the Australian Defence Force Academy, Australian War Memorial, Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Future Warfare at Marine Corps University, Deakin University, and the Royal British Legion. She is currently book reviews editor (post-1815) for War in History and co-edits two academic book series: War and the British Empire (McGill-Queen’s University Press) and History of Warfare (Brill).

Research interests

Aimée’s primary research interests focus on the British armed forces in the era of the First World War (c.1899-1923). Her first major research project explored how armed forces—both historic and modern—accommodate and respond to change, along with the frictions associated with the movement of expertise, experience, and knowledge between and within organisations as well as across geographical boundaries.

She is currently pursuing two research projects: first, an exploration of gossip as a form of military knowledge and its relationship to organisational learning, sense-making, and small unit dynamics in armed forces; and secondly, a collective biography of a social network (or 'world') in the era of the First World War. Using the ‘small history’ of this 'world'—whose members were intimately involved in military, political, royal, and literary circles—the project explores several themes, such as ideologies of reform and 'efficiency', notions of self-improvement, attitudes towards empire and imperialism, intimacy, and the under-rated role of women in public affairs. 

Aimée's broader research interests are listed below:

  • Social and military history of the First World War
  • Military innovation and adaptation in historic contexts
  • Organisational learning and change in military organisations
  • Social and military history of the British and Commonwealth armed forces,1865-1939
  • Military families in the British and Commonwealth armed forces in the early twentieth century

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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