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Theo G. Farrell Professor

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

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Overview


Professor Theo Farrell joined UOW in October 2017 as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts. Previously, he was Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at City, University of London, and before that Head of the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, where he was also the Professor of War in the Modern World for over a decade.

At King’s, Professor Farrell led a major expansion of War Studies to what is now the largest academic department in the world devoted to the interdisciplinary study of security and conflict. Similarly, at City he oversaw the growth of Arts and Social Sciences, significantly increasing student numbers and appointing over fifty new academic staff. Professor Farrell brings to UOW a commitment to developing academic talent and supporting world-class research and teaching.

Professor Farrell is former President and Chair of the British International Studies Association. He has served on the boards of numerous trusts, academic journals, and associations, including the Governing Council of the International Studies Association. He served as Associate Editor of Security Studies and Review of International Studies, and currently chairs the Editorial Board of European Journal of International Security. Professor Farrell brings a wealth of experience chairing and serving on UK research council grant panels, including service on the Economic and Social Research Council’s Grant Assessment Panel for four years. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, and Visiting Professor of War Studies at King’s College London.

In his leadership roles and own research Professor Farrell has championed academic engagement with the worlds of policy and practice. In London, he developed a number of partnerships to connect research at King’s with policy users and the broader public. Britain’s leading expert on the war in Afghanistan, Professor Farrell served on high-level strategic reviews for three commanders of international forces, and for many years advised government at the highest level. He has also held direct talks with senior Taliban figures to explore a negotiated end to the conflict.

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2017 Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan, 2001-2014
    2013 Transforming military power since the cold war: Britain, France, and the United States, 1991–2012
    2012 Internatonal Law and International Relations
    2013 Military Adaptation in Afghanistan

Research Overview


  • Professor Farrell’s research spans several disciplines, including History, International Relations, Sociology and Law. He has held ten UK research council awards, including a prestigious three-year Global Uncertainties Research Fellowship.

    Professor Farrell has published ten books, five volumes, and over forty-five journal articles and book chapters on military affairs and security studies. His latest book, Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 (Penguin Random House 2017) was hailed by the historian Andrew Roberts as “the definitive history of what was effectively the Fourth Anglo-Afghan War.”

    His research has also focused on the technological and social drivers of transformative change in the character and conflict of armed conflict.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


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Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Professor Farrell is available to supervise doctoral projects on:

    • Humanitarian intervention
    • Civilians and armed conflict
    • The Afghanistan War since 2001
    • Insurgency and counter-insurgency
    • Technology, social change, and the transformation of war
    • The dynamics of military innovation

Outreach Overview


  • Professor Farrell's national and international collaborators include:

    Dr Terry Terriff
    Professor of Political Science
    Arthur L. Child Chair of American Security Policy
    Senior Fellow, Centre for Military and Strategic Studies
    University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Dr Sten Rynning
    Professor of International Security and War Studies
    Head, Centre for War Studies
    University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

    Dr Olivier Schmitt
    Associate Professor of Political Science
    Member, Centre for War Studies
    Vice President & Scientific Director, French Association for War and Strategic Studies
    University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

    Dr Antonio Guistozzi
    Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies
    King's College London, London, UK

    Dr Rudra Chaudhuri
    Senior Lecturer in South Asian Security & Strategic Studies
    Department of War Studies & India Institute
    King's College London, London, UK

    Dr Stuart Gordon
    Associate Professor, Department of International Development
    Associate Fellow, Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House)
    London School of Economics, London, UK

    Dr Michael Semple
    Practitioner Chair, The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
    Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK

    Dr James Russell
    Associate Professor, Department of National Security Affairs
    US Naval Institute, Monterey, California

    Prof Hélène Lambert
    Professor in Law
    University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia
    Professor of International Law
    University of Westminster, London, UK

Professional Service Activities


Keywords


    • Security studies
    • Armed conflict
    • Military affairs, organisations and innovation
    • Humanitarian crises
    • Law and war

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2017 Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan, 2001-2014
    2013 Transforming military power since the cold war: Britain, France, and the United States, 1991–2012
    2012 Internatonal Law and International Relations
    2013 Military Adaptation in Afghanistan

Research Overview


  • Professor Farrell’s research spans several disciplines, including History, International Relations, Sociology and Law. He has held ten UK research council awards, including a prestigious three-year Global Uncertainties Research Fellowship.

    Professor Farrell has published ten books, five volumes, and over forty-five journal articles and book chapters on military affairs and security studies. His latest book, Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 (Penguin Random House 2017) was hailed by the historian Andrew Roberts as “the definitive history of what was effectively the Fourth Anglo-Afghan War.”

    His research has also focused on the technological and social drivers of transformative change in the character and conflict of armed conflict.

Selected Publications


Editor Of


Potential Supervision Topics


  • Professor Farrell is available to supervise doctoral projects on:

    • Humanitarian intervention
    • Civilians and armed conflict
    • The Afghanistan War since 2001
    • Insurgency and counter-insurgency
    • Technology, social change, and the transformation of war
    • The dynamics of military innovation

Outreach Overview


  • Professor Farrell's national and international collaborators include:

    Dr Terry Terriff
    Professor of Political Science
    Arthur L. Child Chair of American Security Policy
    Senior Fellow, Centre for Military and Strategic Studies
    University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Dr Sten Rynning
    Professor of International Security and War Studies
    Head, Centre for War Studies
    University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

    Dr Olivier Schmitt
    Associate Professor of Political Science
    Member, Centre for War Studies
    Vice President & Scientific Director, French Association for War and Strategic Studies
    University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

    Dr Antonio Guistozzi
    Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies
    King's College London, London, UK

    Dr Rudra Chaudhuri
    Senior Lecturer in South Asian Security & Strategic Studies
    Department of War Studies & India Institute
    King's College London, London, UK

    Dr Stuart Gordon
    Associate Professor, Department of International Development
    Associate Fellow, Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House)
    London School of Economics, London, UK

    Dr Michael Semple
    Practitioner Chair, The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice
    Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK

    Dr James Russell
    Associate Professor, Department of National Security Affairs
    US Naval Institute, Monterey, California

    Prof Hélène Lambert
    Professor in Law
    University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia
    Professor of International Law
    University of Westminster, London, UK

Professional Service Activities


Keywords


    • Security studies
    • Armed conflict
    • Military affairs, organisations and innovation
    • Humanitarian crises
    • Law and war
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