Associates work with the IWM Institute to share their knowledge and expertise. Our Associates are drawn from a range of fields including arts and culture, media, academia, policy and the NGO sector. They use their unique perspectives from their respective fields to support the development of fresh and creative approaches to public engagement with war and conflict.

IWM Institute Associates

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    Christina Lamb is Chief Foreign Correspondent at The Sunday Times and one of Britain’s leading foreign journalists as well as a bestselling author. She has reported from most of the world’s hot-spots from Angola to Ukraine and starting with Afghanistan after an unexpected wedding invitation led her to Karachi in 1987 when she was just 21. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Young Journalist of the Year; Foreign Correspondent of the Year; the Prix Bayeux and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Editors.

  • 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.

  • Masuma Ahuja Profile Picture


    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.

  • Marcus Webb and Rob Orchard Profile Picture


    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.

  • Ben Hammersley Profile Picture


    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.

  • 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.

  • James Verini


    James Verini is a writer for The New York Times Magazine specializing in the coverage of conflict. His 2019 book They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate, was based on his series in the magazine about the war against the Islamic State. His journalism has also appeared in National Geographic Magazine, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere. He has written about combat, civil wars, jihadism, insurgencies, peace-keeping and war crimes prosecutions in Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Palestine, Kenya, Sudan, Central African Republic, Nigeria, and other places. His work has received a National Magazine Award and a George Polk Award. He is currently at work on a book about the war in Ukraine. 

  • Simon Wessely Profile Pic


    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.

  • 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.


  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Sarah Sands


    Sarah Sands is a Partner at Hawthorn Advisors. She was the former editor of the BBC’s Today programme, Radio 4’s flagship news and current affairs programme. She was previously editor of the London Evening Standard, the first woman to edit The Sunday Telegraph and deputy editor of The Daily Telegraph. Sarah is Chair of the Gender Equality Advisory Council for G7 for 2021 and of the political think tank Bright Blue.  She is also a Board Member of London First and Index on Censorship and is a Patron of the National Citizen Service. Sarah is an honorary fellow of Goldsmiths College, University of London, Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge and a visiting fellow to the Reuters Institute.

  • 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.

  • Aslan Livingstone-Ra Profile Picture.


    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.

  • Image of academic Samir Puri


    Dr Samir Puri is an author and academic. He is currently an Associate Fellow at Chatham House and Visiting Lecturer in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. His previously worked at the International Institute for Strategic Studies based in Singapore (2020-22). From 2009-15, Samir worked for the Foreign Office, where his assignments covered counter terrorism and policy support to peace processes, and was seconded for a year to monitor the war in east Ukraine with the OSCE. He is the author of The Great Imperial Hangover and Russia's Road to War with Ukraine.

  • Carl Miller Profile Pic


    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.

  • James Cator Profile Picture


    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.