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Alex Neads


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Dr Alex Neads is a Research Associate at the University of Bath, specialising in international security and warfare. He supports projects on technology and war led by Professor David Galbreath, with whom he is writing a co-authored book entitled Technologies at War: Technology, Society and the Changing Face of Warfare, under contract to Lynne Rienner Publishers and expected in early 2021.

Alex’s research uses perspectives from strategic studies and military sociology to examine changes in contemporary warfare, with a particular focus on military innovation. He is particularly interested in the linkages between civil-military relations, military change and organisational effectiveness - especially during security force assistance. His research has been published in the Journal of Strategic StudiesSecurity Studies, the European Journal of International Security and Democratization

Prior to joining the University of Bath, Alex was based at the Defence Academy of the UK as part of Cranfield University. Alongside the provision of professional military education in the UK, he taught extensively to foreign defence and security establishments as part of UK Defence Engagement programmes overseas.

Alex read for his PhD in Strategy and Security at the University of Exeter. His doctorate examined the reform of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces by the British-led International Military Advisory and Training Team, and was jointly funded through scholarships from the University of Exeter and Babcock International Ltd. He also holds an MPhil in Modern British and European History from the University of Oxford, and a BA in History from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Education/Academic qualification

Strategy and Security, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Exeter


Modern British and European History, Master of Philosophy, University of Oxford


History, Bachelor of Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London



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