What is the legacy of war – for individuals and societies – and how do we address that legacy?

This is a question that motivates the work I do as an academic researcher in military and veterans’ studies; exploring the aftermath of war and military service, and how societies care for and relate to their veterans. I do this work currently as a research fellow at the Veterans and Families Institute, part of Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, UK. On this site, you will find more information about my research interests and current projects, contact information, and publications archive.

“People make sense of the world with stories and act accordingly” (Philip Smith, Why War?)

Focusing on the stories people tell about their lives gives me a way of exploring the legacy of war and military life from a personal, experiential perspective. These personal stories provide a counterpoint to the societal narratives that claim to tell certain truths – often negative ones – about veterans’ lives and experiences. Stories I’ve researched include those told by veterans using surfing as a means of dealing with psychological trauma, and stories of older limbless veterans coping with the effects of disability and an ageing body. Others I’m keen to explore involve the ways in which veterans transition to civilian life after military service and the effects (positive and negative) which service has on their futures.

Areas of interest for me include war, veterans, militarism, critical military studies, military sociology, narrative and qualitative research. For those with shared or similar interests, please get in touch, follow me on twitter for regular updates, or sign up to receive alerts from my blog (forthcoming).