Dr Michelle Jones

Research Assistant

Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Education & Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Michelle is a Research Assistant in the Veterans & Families Institute for Military Social Research, with a background in Strategic and Intelligence Studies, Military History and Military Culture. Her expertise is in qualitative methodologies.



Michelle graduated with a BSc (Hons) in International Politics and History from Aberystwyth University in 2011. In 2011, Michelle was awarded 1 + 3 funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This allowed her to continue her studies in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. She received her MSc in Strategic Studies in 2012 and enrolled as a PhD candidate in September 2012. Michelle’s PhD research focused on the strategic and psychological implications facing British soldiers when encountering children in theatres of armed conflict. In November 2016, Michelle received her Doctorate and joined the Veterans and Families Institute in December 2016. 

During her PhD, Michelle taught on a number of undergraduate modules within the field of Military History and Strategic Studies. She was also co-convener of the Security Research Group (SRG) at Aberystwyth University and was successful in receiving BISA funding to host conferences within the field of Security and Intelligence Studies. In 2015, Michelle won the Research Impact Poster Prize funded by WISERD and the Learned Society. In March 2018, Michelle received the Political Studies Association’s inaugural Shirin M. Rai Prize for best thesis in International Relations. She has also worked voluntarily with veterans in the local community, and participated in training events and information sessions concerning transition to civilian life.

In 2018, Michelle was awarded a Churchill Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. This fellowship will allow Michelle to travel to Dalhousie University in Canada to observe the Veteran Trainers to Eradicate Child Soldiers (VTECs) programme. The aim of this fellowship is to study training for military personnel encountering children in combat zones and the benefits of using veteran experiences in training programmes. 

Michelle has a keen interest in qualitative research methods, with a focus on interview techniques and the use of oral history testimonies. Michelle has also received funding to conduct archival work at the United Nations (New York), as well as the Imperial War Museum and National Army Museum (London).

Research interests

  • Strategic studies
  • Intelligence studies
  • Military history
  • Military culture
  • Military sociology
  • Critical military studies
  • Veterans affairs
  • Gender and military studies
  • Military families


  • BSc (Hons) International Politics and History, Aberystwyth University
  • MSc Strategic Studies, Aberystwyth University
  • PhD Strategic Studies and International Politics, Aberystwyth University
  • PG Cert He (due to be completed January 2019)

Memberships, editorial boards

British International Studies Association (BISA)
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
European Research Group on Military and Society (ERGOMAS)
Political Studies Association (PSA)
Women in International Security (WIIS)
Defence Research Network (Committee Member)
RAF Historical Society 
Society for Army Historical Research
British Commission for Military History
Editorial Board, Veterans and Society (book publication, forthcoming 2019)

Selected recent publications

Jones, M. ‘Who wants to play war? A review of Pink Mist by Owen Sheers’, Journal of Critical Military Studies, 2017 (online edition).

Jones, M. “The Social Construction of Childhood and its Implications on the Battlefield”, taken from Sharma, V. and Brink, A. “Childhood: Through the Looking Glass”, (Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, 2016). 

Jones, M. “Encountering Children in Conflict Zones: The British Experience”, CADAIR, Aberystwyth University, 2016. 

Jones, M. Review of "The Routledge Handbook of War and Society" by S Carlton-Ford and M.G. Ender (Routledge, New York, 2011), Intelligence and National Security Journal, Volume: 30, No: 4, 2015, pp. 560-613.

Jones, M. Review of "Armed Drones and the Ethics of War: Military Virtue in a Post-Heroic Age" by C Enemark (Routledge 2014), JIRR, Volume: 3, No: 1, December 2013.

Jones, M. Review of "The Gun: The Story of the AK-47" by C.J. Chivers (Penguin 2010), Journal of International Relations Research, Volume: 2, No: 1, January 2013.

Contributor, in Dickson, K. D. ed “Encyclopaedia of American Military History” (2nd Edition, Facts on File Inc, New York, 2014).

Jones, M. "Role of Private Military Security Companies in Counter-Insurgency Operations", CADAIR, Aberystwyth University, 2012.