Alex Neads



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Strategy and Security Institute
Department: Strategy and Security Institute

I am a PhD student in the Strategy & Security Institute, University of Exeter, supervised by Dr Sergio Catignani and Professor Patrick Porter. Entitled 'Building Other People's Armies', my thesis examines the reform of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) by the British-led International Military Advisory and Training Team (IMATT) after the Sierra Leone civil war. The project examines the relationship between military institutions, military capacity, and democratic civil-military culture in the context of external intervention.

Concurrently, I hold a Teaching Fellowship in Leadership and Strategic Management in the Centre for Defence Management and Leadership at Cranfield University. I teach a range of defence and security related topics at postgraduate and Masters level, including as part of professional development courses overseas.

I hold a first-class degree in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a Master of Philosophy in Modern British and European History from the University of Oxford. I have operational experience and a background in security analysis for the corporate sector.