IWM Associates are experts drawn from a range of fields including arts and culture, media, academia, policy and the NGO sector. IWM Associates are at the core of the IWM Institute and will use their own unique perspectives from their respective fields to support the development of fresh and creative approaches to public engagement with war and conflict.

IWM Associates

  • Farah Jassat


    Farah Jassat is Head of Editorial Innovation and Digital at Intelligence Squared. Before joining Intelligence Squared, she worked as a BBC journalist and producer across multiple television and radio programmes including Newsnight, Woman's Hour and Newsround. Prior to this, she was a freelance writer for The Guardian and Huffington Post.

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    Masuma Ahuja is an author, independent journalist and former Digital Editor at The Washington Post. Her work focuses on telling human stories that help us understand people, power and politics around the world, working across words, audio, multimedia and social media. Previously she was a producer at CNN and shares in a Pulitzer Prize, a Murrow Award, and a Webby for her work.

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    Marcus Webb and Rob Orchard are the co-founders of The Slow Journalism Company and editors of Delayed Gratification. They are also editors of its flagship title, Delayed Gratification, a print publication which revisits the events of the quarter and is designed as an antidote to the increasingly speedy, kneejerk nature of news journalism. Making a virtue of being “Last to Breaking News”, it is filled with longform features, photo essays and infographics. In 2019 Rob and Marcus were named Independent Editors of The Year by the British Society of Magazine Editors.

  • Charlie Winter - King's College London


    Charlie Winter is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King's College London. His specialism is terrorism and insurgency, with a focus on online and offline strategic communication. He is studying for a PhD in War Studies, examining how militant groups cultivate creative approaches to governance and war. Charlie has written for the BBC and The Guardian and has had work published by Critical Studies in Media Communication, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Philosophia, The Atlantic, War On The Rocks, and Jihadology, among others.



    Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura is Creative Director at music platform and online radio station NTS. She is a cultural programmer whose work traverses live music, radio and visual arts. Throughout her career she has worked closely with the Tate Modern and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, programming a variety of music events. She has produced and presented radio broadcasts for the Serpentine and programmed multi-venue music festivals across London. She hosts a monthly show on NTS championing new music, and DJs under the name TTB.

  • Lina Khatib


    Lina Khatib is Head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House. Her research focuses on the international relations of the Middle East, Islamist groups and security, political transitions, and foreign policy, with special attention to the Syrian conflict. Outside of her work in policy, she spends her time supporting musicians from the Middle East and creating visual art commenting on the region’s crises.

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    Ben Hammersley is Principal of Hammersley Futures and former Executive Editor of WIRED magazine. Previously, Ben worked for The Times and The Guardian, reporting from Afghanistan, Beirut, Myanmar, and many other places around the world. He was also executive editor of WIRED magazine, presenter of Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley on BBC World News, and a consultant for the European Commission, the British and US governments, and many other organisations. He has written five books, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter, and various robots.

  • Shona Illingworth - artist


    Shona Illingworth is a Danish Scottish artist who works across a range of media including sound, film, video, photography and drawing. She is known for her immersive video and multi-channel sound installations, and evocative, research-led practice in which she explores the dynamic processes of memory and construction of histories in situations of social tension and trauma. Her film 216 Westbound, created in collaboration with John Tulloch, was recently exhibited in IWM’s 2018 exhibition ‘Age of Terror’, looking at artistic responses to war and conflict since 9/11.

  • Jonathan Cohen


    Jonathan Cohen is Executive Director of Conciliation Resource, an independent international organisation working with people in conflict to prevent violence, resolve conflicts and promote peaceful societies. Over the past twenty years at Conciliation Resources Jonathan has supported dialogue and peace-building initiatives in contexts including the Caucasus, Kashmir, the Philippines, Colombia and Nigeria. Previously he served as Deputy Director of the Foundation on Inter-Ethnic Relations in The Hague working with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.

  • Irini Papadimitriou Profile Picture


    Irini Papadimitriou is an author and Creative Director at FutureEverything, an arts organisation and award innovation lab that pushes creative boundaries and stimulates new ways of thinking across a diverse range of sectors. Her curatorial practice - and previous roles as Digital Programmes Manager at the V&A, and Head of New Media Arts Development at Watermans - draws on interdisciplinary and critical discourse to explore the impact of technology in society and culture, and the role of art in helping us engage with contemporary issues. Curatorial research areas include technology and ethics, surveillance society, digital citizenship and public (physical-digital) realm.

  • Professor David Galbreath


    David J Galbreath is Professor of International Security and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Bath. He is also the Director of the Centre for Security and Technology at the University of Bath, and Leadership Fellow for the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security (PaCCS). His research has focused on conflict, security and military force often in connection to innovations in science and technology. He has also worked extensively on security and conflict in the former Soviet Union, but especially in the Baltic Sea region and more recently in Ukraine. He is currently Associate Editor of European Journal of International Security.

  • Catriona Pennell


    Catriona Pennell is Associate Professor of History at the University of Exeter. Her first book, A Kingdom United: Popular Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War in Britain and Ireland (OUP, 2012) explored the complex ways British and Irish people responded during the tumultuous months of August to December 1914. Catriona has acted as a consultant on a number of initiatives during the centenary with organisations including the British Council, the BBC, and the Department for Education.

  • Chris Phillips


    Christopher Phillips is Reader in International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London and an Associate Fellow at the Chatham House Middle East and North Africa programme. Christopher is the author of Everyday Arab Identity: the daily reproduction of the Arab World was and The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East. He lived for several years in Syria and conducts frequent research trips to the US, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and the Gulf. Chris co-curated, with IWM staff, the season ‘Syria: Story of a Conflict’, at IWM London (2017) and IWM North (2018).

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    Sir Simon Wessely is Regius Professor of Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and King's College London, and President of the Royal Society of Medicine. He founded the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020, and has over 800 publications, discussing issues such as the health of the British Armed Forces past and present, combat stress, unit cohesion and morale, and physical and mental injury. He has written extensively on historical issues, including co-authoring a history of shell shock.

  • Rana Mitter


    Rana Mitter is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China and Director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford. His work focuses on the emergence of nationalism in modern China, both in the early twentieth century and in the present era. He is the author of several books, including Modern China: A Very Short Introduction, A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World and the award-winning China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival.

  • Hew Strachan


    Sir Hew is Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. He is an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and a Life Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. His recent books include The First World War: Volume 1: To Arms (2001), The First World War: an illustrated history (2003; related to a multi-part television series and translated into many languages), Clausewitz’s On War: a Biography (2007), and The Direction of War (2013).

  • Patrick Vernon


    Patrick Vernon OBE is a film-maker and cultural historian, and founder of both Every Generation Media and the 100 Great Black Britons campaign. He is also editor of Black History Month magazine and the 70th Windrush Commemorative magazine for Sugar Media Marketing. Patrick was for many years a councillor for the London Borough of Hackney and he remains active in the fields of public health and diversity. Patrick was a Clore Leadership Fellow intern at the IWM in 2007 and later contributed to its AHRC-supported project Whose Remembrance? Patrick led the successful campaign for a national Windrush Day on the 22nd of June for celebrating the contribution of the Windrush Generation and all migrants to Britain since WW2.


  • James Wallis


    James Wallis is a Research Fellow at the University of Essex, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. Formerly a Collaborative Doctoral Award student at Exeter and Imperial War Museums (IWM), James’ PhD thesis examined how the Imperial War Museum had depicted the First World War in exhibitions created since 1964, and contributed to discussions during the design of the new First World War galleries opened in 2014.  His published work includes Commemorative Spaces of the First World War: Historical Geographies at the Centenary.

  • C-Chinkin


    Christine Chinkin is the founding Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics, a hub dedicated to promoting justice, human rights and participation of women in conflict-affected situations around the world. She is also a William W. Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan and a member of the Bar of England and Wales and Matrix Chambers. Christine has written extensively on international law and human rights law, in particular on the human rights of women. She is co-author of The Boundaries of International Law: a Feminist Analysis, (with Hilary Charlesworth, The Making of International Law (with Alan Boyle) and of International Law and New Wars (with Mary Kaldor).

  • Tim Cole


    Tim Cole is Professor of Social History at the University of Bristol. He is also Director of the Brigstow Institute, which brings researchers from different disciplines together with a range of partners to experiment in new ways of living and being. Tim’s core research has focused in the main on Holocaust landscapes - both historical and memory landscapes - writing books on Holocaust representation, the spatiality of ghettoization in Budapest, social histories of the Hungarian Holocaust and the spatiality of survival. Tim sits on the Advisory Board for IWM’s new Holocaust Galleries, due to open in 2021, and is currently working with the IWM’s staff to develop a related research-based digital project.

  • Jean Seaton


    Jean Seaton is Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster, an Official Historian of the BBC and Director of the Orwell Foundation. She is the author of, among others, Carnage and the Media: the Making and Breaking of News about Violence, Power Without Responsibility: the Press and Broadcasting in Britain and Pinkoes and Traitors: the BBC and the nation 1974-1987. Jean is on the editorial board of  The Political Quarterly. She is a founding member of several active media NGO's that hold the media to account, including Full Fact and the Reuters Institute. From 2015-2016, Jean was co-investigator on IWM’s research project ‘Listening to the World’, which examined the academic potential of the BBC Monitoring transcripts.

  • Heather Jones


    Heather Jones is Professor of Modern and Contemporary European History at University College London. She is a specialist in First World War Studies with a particular interest in the evolution of wartime violence and the cultural impact of the conflict in Britain, France and Germany.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for the Research of the First World War at the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne and a member of the International Society for First World War Studies and on the editorial board of the 14-18-Online Encyclopedia of the First World War.

  • Neil Bartlett


    Neil Bartlett OBE is an author and theatre director whose published works include the novels Ready To Catch Him Should He Fall and The Disappearance Boy. His recent performance works includes large-scale projects with Tate Britain, Artangel, the Wellcome Foundation, the National Theatre, LIFT and Duckie. In 2014 Neil worked together with IWM partner 14-18 Now to create Letter to an Unknown Soldier in collaboration with novelist Kate Pullinger. The work was an online phenomenon that eventually involved over twenty thousand members of the public (and the then Prime Minister) in creating a radical new war memorial in response to the centenary of the declaration of the First World War.

  • David Loyn


    David Loyn is an author and Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. He is an authority on Afghan history, and award-winning former foreign correspondent. He is the author of Frontline – Reporting from the World’s Deadliest Places which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, and Butcher and Bolt – Two Hundred Years of Foreign Engagement in Afghanistan. He is an adviser to the Foreign Office on policy in South Asia and Afghanistan, and teaches mid-career diplomats at the Diplomatic Academy. From 2017-2018 he worked in Kabul as an adviser on Strategic Communications to the Afghan President. David has also been an adviser on a number of theatre and dance productions.

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    Aslan Livingstone-Ra is an Animator, Producer and Creative Director who specialises in telling difficult and challenging stories using non-traditional, compelling and unexpected visual mediums. Through his studio Poke It With A Stick he has worked with many of the top news and current affairs outlets in the world, from 10 years as a Producer/Editor/Animator for American network ABC News, through 4 years as animator-in-residence for BBC Newsnight. He has worked with numerous other clients including Disney, CGTN, EBRD, Nekton, Al Jazeera, BBC Stories, BBC Ideas and Deluxe.

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    Carl Miller is a researcher of the often hidden influences of digital technology on society. In 2018 he published The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab, about the changing nature of power in the digital age. He presents programmes for the BBC’s flagship technology show, Click, and is the founding Research Director for the The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos. He’s a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London and a member of the Society Board of the British Computing Society.

  • Edward Stringer


    Air Marshal Edward Stringer is the Director General of Joint Force Deployment and DG Defence Academy, within Joint Forces Command. He is the de facto ‘J7’ for the UK’s Military Strategic Headquarters, owning the conceptual element of UK fighting power, including concepts & doctrine, training and education. Before that he was Assistant CDS (Operations) at the MOD in Whitehall, acting as its operations director- from UK flood-relief to the Deterrent. He was also previously the RAF’s Assistant Chief, responsible for all policy interaction with the MOD and for the RAF Board’s business. He arrived there from seeing the inside of the Pentagon as CDS’ Liaison Officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

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    James Cator is Head of Podcasts in the UK for Spotify. Starting his career in music, setting up record labels and clubnights across Leeds and London, James went on to run music in the UK for YouTube. This ignited an interest in helping creators speak to an audience in an authentic way, and he has continued this work at Spotify for the last 4 years. Passionate about diversity in the media, James has been helping to set up and run SoundUp UK for Spotify.



    Meera Sabaratnam is Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS, University of London, and Chair of the Decolonising SOAS Working Group. Her research interests are in the colonial and postcolonial dimensions of world politics, in theory, practice and methods. Her recent book Decolonising Intervention: International Statebuilding in Mozambique, which is available on Open Access, has won a number of accolades from the International Studies Association (ISA). 

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    Kimberly McIntosh is an expert in the field of race and inequality policy. She is currently Senior Policy and Research Officer at Child Poverty Action Group, and was previously Senior Policy Officer at The Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank. She was the love and dating columnist at gal-dem, a new media publication committed to telling the stories of women and non-binary people of colour and an Associate Editor at Wasafiri, a quarterly British literary magazine covering international contemporary writing.



    Jane is a creative leader and independent consultant who advises on public engagement, content strategies and partnerships. As Head of Partnerships at the BBC, she led the broadcaster’s work to deliver ambitious creative projects such as the Centenary of the First World War, in collaboration with arts and cultural organisations. Jane started her career on Newsnight, working in the UK, Europe and the US. She joined a start‐up satellite business channel in Switzerland before returning to the UK where she was the first woman to edit The Money Programme on BBC 2. As a Commissioning Editor at Radio 4, she oversaw features, documentaries and factual programmes and led A History of the World in 100 Objects, a series made in partnership with the British Museum.



    Peter Watkins CB CBE is former Director General for Strategy & International in the Ministry of Defence. He was responsible for defence policy on NATO and the Euro-Atlantic area, the defence implications of exiting the European Union, and the UK’s key bilateral defence relationships as well as strategic planning and strategic policy matters (e.g. nuclear deterrence, cyber, space, exports).

  • Prof Ashley Jackson


    Ashley Jackson is Professor of Imperial and Military History at King's College London and a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College Oxford. He has written extensively on the history of the British Empire, with a special focus on the period of the Second World War.

  • Professor Tarak Barkawi


    Professor Barkawi is a historian of war and empire and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His scholarship uses interdisciplinary approaches to imperial and military archives to re-imagine relations between war, armed forces and society in modern times.

  • Dr Alice Kelly - Research Fellow


    Alice Kelly is the 2021-22 Gardiner Fellow at New-York Historical Society, and a Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford. Her expertise is in British and American literary and cultural memory of the First World War. Alice writes for both academic and public audiences, and her publications include  Commemorative Modernisms: Women Writers, Death and the First World War (2020) and a critical edition of Edith Wharton’s war reportage Fighting France (2015). Alice’s recent British Academy-funded seminar series Cultures and Commemorations of War considered the practices and politics of war memory across time, featuring speakers including Jeremy Deller and Joe Sacco.