Lectures and talks

As a public and academic historian, I deliver lectures and talks to scholarly and broader audiences. If you would like me to talk to your group, contact me.

Keynote lectures

  1. ‘Air Power and Transatlantic Connections during the First World War,’ Over Here: Transatlantic Connections in the First World War, A One-Day Conference organised by the University of Chichester, 1 September 2017.

Conference papers

  1. ‘Roundtable – Re-Evaluating Air Power in Vietnam after 50 Years: The Linebacker Campaigns and Potential Turning Points in Air Power History,’ Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, Fort Worth, Texas, 28 April-1 May 2022.
  2. ‘A Global History of Interwar Air Power Thinking,’ 1919-1939: Toward a New History of the Interwar Period organised by UNSW Canberra, 3-4 September 2019.
  3. “It’s a pilots air force’: Air Force Culture and Imperial Networks,’ Aviation Cultures MkIV – Transitions, Communities and Global Networks organised by the University of Sydney and the University of Canberra, 28-30 November 2018.
  4. ‘Creating the Narrative: The Royal Air Force, The War in the Air, and the Origins of a Discipline,’ Recording, Narrating and Archiving the First World War, Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies organised by Deakin University and Monash University, Melbourne, 9-11 July 2018.
  5. “It’s a pilots air force’: Air Force Culture and Military Effectiveness in a Disruptive World,’ Air Power in a Disruptive World, The Fourth Sir James Rowland Air Power Seminar organised by the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society, University of New South Wales Canberra in conjunction with the Royal Australian Air Force Air Power Development Centre, 21 May 2018.
  6. ‘JP233: The Politics and Ethics of a Weapons System,’ Air Power in an Age of Uncertainty, A One-Day International Conference organised by the Royal Air Force Museum in conjunction with the Air Power Studies Research Group, King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, 29 September 2017.
  7. “[n]o attempt should be made to fit officers for higher command’: Knowledge Transfer and the Challenge of Training Staff Officers in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War,’ When East Meets West: The Second World War in Global Perspective, Annual Conference of the Second World War Research Group, King’s College London, 22-23 June 2017.
  8. ‘Critical Commentary on the Papers of Dr Michael Molkentin and Dr Peter Hobbins,’ The Influence of Technology on Air Power: Historic and Contemporary Perspectives, The Second Sir James Rowland Air Power Seminar organised by the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society, University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy in conjunction with the Royal Australian Air Force Air Power Development Centre, 5 April 2017.
  9. ‘From Amalgamation to Conceptual Excellence: Reform at the Royal Air Force Staff Colleges, 1964-1977,’ The Education of an Air Force, 1914-2014, A Symposium organised by the Department of History, Royal Military College of Canada, 2-4 November 2016.
  10. ‘The “Cooks and Butchers” Air Force: The Royal Air Force, Contingency Planning and Plan “Banquet”, 1940-1943,’ 1940 to 1942: The Fulcrum of the Twentieth Century? A Second World War Research Group Workshop organised by the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, 1 June 2016.
  11. ‘A Disseminating Station for Approved Doctrine? A History of the RAF Staff College, 1922-1997,’ Trenchard’s Pillars, Royal Air Force Historical Society Seminar, RAF Halton, 23 March 2016.
  12. ‘Leadership Development, Military Education and the Royal Air Force, 1919-1939,’ Military Education and the Empire, 1854-1948, A Symposium organised by the Department of History, Royal Military College of Canada, 5-6 November 2015.
  13. ‘A Question of Inter-Allied Relations: The RAF’s ‘Haddock’ Force, France and the Bombing of Italy in June 1940,’ France and the Second World War in Global Perspective, 1919-45, A Conference organised by University of Strathclyde in conjunction with Global War Studies, 2-3 July 2015.
  14. ‘London and Curating the ‘First World War in the Air’,’ London and the First World War, A Conference organised by the Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research, and the Imperial War Museum, 20-21 March 2015.
  15. ‘Reorganising Air Power: Dismantling the Allied Expeditionary Air Force from D-Day to MARKET GARDEN and Beyond,’ Highway to the Reich: Operation Market Garden and the Campaign in the Low Countries 1944 – Seventy Years on, An International Conference organised by the University of Wolverhampton, 10-11 September 2014.
  16. ‘What the Aviation Historian can do for you,’ Meet the Archivists Workshop, Royal Air Force Museum, 8 April 2014.
  17. ‘Alternative Strategies: Rearming the Historian’s Toolkit and the Military History of the Second World War,’ Future Directions in Second World War Studies, A Workshop organised by The Second World War Military Operations Research Group in conjunction with the Centre for the History of War, King’s College London, 26 June 2013.
  18. ‘Understanding Military Institutions: Organisational Culture and Officer Development in the Inter-War Royal Air Force,’ Institutions: IHR History Lab Annual Conference organised by the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 12-13 June 2013.
  19. ‘‘The Cinderella Service’: RAF Coastal Command, Organisational Culture and Cultural Adaptation in the Battle of the Atlantic,’ Decision in the Atlantic Conference organised by the Department of War Studies, King’ College London in conjunction with the Society for Nautical Research and Global War Studies, 17-18 May 2013.
  20. ‘Developing the ‘Air Force Spirit’: Organisational Culture, Leadership Development and the RAF Staff College, 1922-1939,’ New Research in Military History: A Conference for Postgraduate and Early-career Academics organised by the British Commission for Military History in association with the Centre for War Studies, University of Birmingham, 16 November 2012.
  21. ‘Air Power and the Liberal Way of War: The West’s Quest to Remove Battle from War,’ Liberal Wars: Strategy, History, Ideology, Graduate Day Conference organised by the University of Reading, 5 July 2012.
  22. ‘Air Power Students in an Age of Austerity,’ Panel Discussion on the Future of Air Power Studies, Exploring the Frontiers of Air Power Research, A University of Birmingham War Studies Workshop organised by the University of Birmingham, 7-8 September 2011.
  23. ‘Measuring Leadership Effectiveness: The 360-Degree Appraisal Method and Air Power History,’ Exploring the Frontiers of Air Power Research, A University of Birmingham War Studies Workshop organised by the University of Birmingham, 7-8 September 2011.
  24. ‘The RAF and the Development of Air Power Leadership: A Study of the Career of Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory,’ War in the Air in the Twentieth Century, British Commission for Military History Summer Conference organised in collaboration with the Air Power Studies Division of the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London at the Defence Academy and the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies, 11-14 August 2011.
  25. ‘Trafford Leigh-Mallory and the Development of British Tactical Air Power, 1918-1931,’ Ways of War, 78th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, First Division Museum at Cantigny, Lisle, Illinois, 9-12 June 2011.
  26. ‘Operation JUBILEE and the Transformation of Air Support for Combined Operations: The Case of Command and Control and Aerial Bombardment,’ Transformation and Innovation in the British Military from 1642 to 1945: A Symposium for Postgraduate and Early Career Historians organised by the Centres for First and Second World War Studies, University of Birmingham, 13 April 2011.
  27. ‘Transformation and Innovation in the British Military from 1643 to 1945 – An Introduction,’ Transformation and Innovation in the British Military from 1642 to 1945: A Symposium for Postgraduate and Early Career Historians organised by the Centres for First and Second World War Studies, University of Birmingham, 13 April 2011.
  28. ‘The Forgotten Career of Major Trafford Leigh-Mallory, 1914-1918: A Leadership Perspective,’ New Research in Military History, A Conference organised by the British Commission for Military History, the Centre for War, Representation and Society, University of Sussex and the History of Warfare Research Group, Department of War Studies, King’s College London, 19 November 2010.
  29. ‘The Leadership Effectiveness of Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory,’ Air Power Postgraduate Research Symposium organised by the Air Power Studies Group, University of Birmingham, 23 September 2010.
  30. ‘The Forgotten Career of Major Trafford Leigh-Mallory, 1914-1918,’ War Studies Postgraduate Symposium organised by the Centre for First World War Studies and the Centre for Second World War Studies, University of Birmingham, 8 May 2010.
  31. ‘A Case Study in Army-Air Force Co-Operation: The Western Desert Air Force and the Battle of the Mareth Line, 19 – 29 March 1943,’ Allied Fighting Effectiveness in North Africa and Italy, 1942-1945, A Conference organised by King’s College London and the Imperial War Museum, 19 July 2008.
  32. ‘The Embattled History of Operation JUBILEE, the Raid on Dieppe, 19 August 1942,’ War Studies Postgraduate Symposium organised by the Centre for First World War Studies and the Centre for Second World War Studies, University of Birmingham, 10 May 2008.

Public and invited lectures

  1. ‘The Rise, ‘Fall’ and Rise of Air Power: From ALLIED Force to Today,’ A Lecture to the Australian Command and Staff Course (Joint), Australian War College, 30 May 2019.
  2. ‘The Rise, ‘Fall’ and Rise of Air Power: From DESERT STORM to ALLIED Force,’ A Lecture to the Australian Command and Staff Course (Joint), Australian War College, 29 May 2019.
  3. ‘The Role of History in Educating the Air Power Strategist,’ Air Power Seminar Series organised by the Royal Australian Air Force Air Power Development Centre, Canberra, 19 September 2018.
  4. ‘Whither Air Power Studies? A Personal Perspective,’ Public Lecture to be held at the Aviation Historical Society of Australia (Qld) Inc., 6 April 2018.
  5. ‘An ‘Enduring Relationship’: A Brief History of Friendship between the Royal Air Force and Royal Air Force of Oman,’ Public Lecture held at the Anglo-Omani Society, 24 November 2016.
  6. ‘The RAF and Counterinsurgency Warfare in Oman during the Cold War,’ Cold War Lunchtime Lecture held at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, 19 August 2016.
  7. ‘Air Power in the First World War,’ A Talk to No. 208(R) Squadron held at the Royal Air Force Museum London, 3 May 2016.
  8. ‘Command in the Normandy Campaign: Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory’s Perspective,’ Lecture to Faculty Members of the Department of Strategy, USAF Air War College held at the Royal Air Force Museum London, 26 April 2016.
  9. ‘A ‘Short’ History of RAF-USAF Co-Operation,’ Lecture to the 48th Fighter Wing, United States Air Force held at RAF Lakenheath, 25 March 2016.
  10. ‘Air Power Goes to War: Military Aviation up to 1914,’ Public Lecture held at the Tayside Branch of the Western Front Association, 19 March 2016.
  11. ‘The ‘Air Force Spirit’: Towards a Cultural Understanding of the Royal Air Force, 1918-1939,’ Seminar Series held at the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War, King’s College London, 3 March 2016.
  12. ‘An Introduction to ISR in the First World War,’ A Talk to No. XIII Squadron held at the Royal Air Force Museum London, 28 January 2016.
  13. ‘A ‘Short’ History of No. 30 Squadron,’ A Talk to No. 30 Squadron held at the Royal Air Force Museum London, 23 November 2015.
  14. ‘Who Won the Battle of Britain?’ Public Lecture held at the Royal Air Force Museum London, 12 September 2015.
  15. ‘From LADA to ASACS: Aerospace Battle Management during the Battle of Britain,’ Pre-Dinner Lecture held at the 75th Anniversary Battle of Britain Dining in Night, Officers’ Mess, RAF Boulmer, 11 September 2015.
  16. ‘Fighting the First Battle of Britain,’ Public Lecture held at the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust Fly-In Weekend, Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, 15 August 2015.
  17. ‘Air Power, Combined Operations and the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915,’ First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture held at the Royal Air Force Museum London, 14 August 2015.
  18. ‘Prosopography and Leadership Development in the Inter-War Royal Air Force: Innovation in Personnel Management?’ Big Ideas Series held at The National Archives, 11 May 2015.
  19. ‘Mars and Clio: An Aviation Historian in London,’ A Lecture held at St Paul’s School, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 31 March 2015.
  20. ‘The RAF and Operation GRANBY: 25 Years On,’ Public Lecture held at the Royal Air Force Museum London, 22 February 2015.
  21. ‘The RAF and Operation GRANBY: 25 Years On,’ Public Lecture held at the Royal Air Force Museum London, 21 February 2015.
  22. ‘Allied Air Power in Southeast Asia, 1941-45,’ A Lecture delivered to the Study Period for Exercise MEIYO KOHIMA, Army Foundation College, 13 November 2014.
  23. ‘Allied Air Power in Southeast Asia, 1941-45,’ A Lecture delivered to the Study Period for Exercise KOHIMA SCHOLAR, HQ Army Recruiting and Training Division, Upavon, 5 November 2014.
  24. ‘Air Power Goes to War: Military Aviation up to 1914,’ Public Lecture held at the Royal Air Force Museum London, 3 August 2014.
  25. ‘Air Power Goes to War: Military Aviation up to 1914,’ Public Lecture held at the Royal Air Force Museum London, 2 August 2014.
  26. ‘The Great Crusade: The Air War and D-Day,’ Public Lecture held at the Royal Air Force Museum London, 8 June 2014.
  27. ‘The Great Crusade: The Air War and D-Day,’ Public Lecture held at the Royal Air Force Museum London, 7 June 2014.
  28. ‘Air Power and Special Operations in the Second World War,’ A Lecture to the 352nd Special Operations Group, United States Air Force held at the Royal Air Force Museum London, 7 April 2014.
  29. ‘“The support afforded by the air force was faultless”: The Royal Air Force and the Raid on Dieppe, 19 August 1942,’ History Research Seminar held at the Department of History, School of Social Sciences, University of Northampton, 28 November 2012.
  30. ‘Organisational Culture and Leadership Development in the Inter-War Royal Air Force: The Case of Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory,’ A Lecture delivered to the Military Development Day, ‘C’ Flight, Hurricane Squadron RAF, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, 19 September 2012.
  31. ‘To Control the Air’: The Royal Air Force and the Development of Combined Operations in the Inter-War Years,’ Military History Seminar held at the Institute for Historical Research, 29 May 2012.
  32. ‘Leadership Effectiveness: Conceptualising a Key Metric of Operational Military History – The Case of Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory,’ War Studies Seminar held at the Centre for War Studies, University of Birmingham, 17 January 2012.
  33. ‘The RAF, Combined Operations Doctrine and the Raid on Dieppe,’ A Lecture delivered at the Study Day on ‘Amphibious Warfare from Gallipoli to the Falklands,’ Organised by the Battlefields Trust in collaboration with the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment Museum, 30 October 2010.
  34. ‘Operation JUBILEE, the Raid on Dieppe 19 August 1942,’ A Talk at the Cornish Scale Modellers, 13 February 2008.

Conferences organised

  1. Air Power in an Age of Uncertainty, A One-Day International Conference organised by the Royal Air Force Museum in conjunction with the Air Power Studies Research Group, King’s College London at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, 29 September 2017. Co-organised with Dr Bleddyn Bowen (King’s College London). Keynote lecture delivered by Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy (former Chief of the Air Staff, RAF).
  2. Air Power: Now and the Future, An International Conference organised by the Royal Air Force Museum and Royal Aeronautical Society, 29-30 September 2016. Keynote lecture delivered by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier (Chief of the Air Staff, RAF).
  3. A Necessary Victory? The Context and Consequences of the Battle of Britain, A Conference organised by the Royal Air Force Museum in conjunction with the University of Exeter and the British Commission for Military History, 26 September 2015. Co-organised with Professor Richard Overy (University of Exeter). Keynotes lectures delivered by Dr Garry Campion (Northampton University) and Dr Helen Doe (University of Exeter).
  4. New Research in Military History, A Conference for Postgraduate and Early Career Historians organised by the Royal Air Force Museum and the British Commission for Military History, 25 September 2015. Co-Organised with Jennifer Daley. Keynote lecture delivered by Professor Richard Overy (University of Exeter).
  5. From ‘Shooting the Front’ to Combat ISTAR: The Evolution of Aerial Intelligence and Reconnaissance, An International Conference organised by the Royal Air Force Museum in conjunction with the Royal Air Force Centre for Air Power Studies, 15-16 April 2015. Co-organised with Group Captain Paul Wilkins (Director of Defence Studies (RAF)) and Sebastian Cox (Head, Air Historical Branch). Keynote lecture delivered by Dr Sebastian Ritchie (Air Historical Branch).
  6. Meet the Archivists, A Workshop for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students organised by the Royal Air Force Museum, 8 April 2014.
  7. Future Directions in Second World War Studies, A Workshop organised by The Second World War Military Operations Research Group in conjunction with the Centre for the History of War, King’s College London, 26 June 2013.
  8. New Research in Military History: A Conference for Postgraduate and Early Career Historians organised by the British Commission for Military History in conjunction with the History of Warfare Research Group, King’s College London, 18 November 2011. Co-organised with Paul Harris (King’s College London). Keynote lecture delivered by Professor Brian Holden Reid (King’s College London).
  9. Exploring the Frontiers of Air Power Research, A University of Birmingham War Studies Workshop organised by the University of Birmingham, 7-8 September 2011. Co-organised with Air Commodore (ret’d) Dr Peter Gray. Keynote lectures delivered by Professor Richard Overy (University of Exeter) and Professor Philip Sabin (King’s College London).
  10. Transformation and Innovation in the British Military from 1642 to 1945: A Symposium for Postgraduate and Early Career Historians organised by Centres for First and Second World War Studies, University of Birmingham, 13 April 2011. Received funding from the Roberts Training Fund, University of Birmingham. Co-organised with Michael LoCicero (University of Birmingham) and Stuart Mitchell (University of Birmingham). Keynote lecture delivered by Professor John Buckley (University of Wolverhampton).

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