ACADEMIC AND EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

2021 –            Research Associate, Newcastle University, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology.

  • ESRC-funded project: ‘Conflict, Intimacy and Military Wives: A Lively Geopolitics’ (PI: Dr Alice Cree)

2016-2022       PhD Security, Conflict and Justice, University of Bath, Passed viva 24 March 2021.

  • Title: ‘What did YOU do in the war, Mummy? British women’s experiences of the front-line, 1948-2014’.
  • Funded by ESRC studentship (South West Doctoral Training Partnership).
  • Supervisors: Dr Oliver Walton (University of Bath), Dr Sarah Bulmer (University of Exeter).
  • Including: Maternity Leave (2018), Guest Lecturer/Graduate Teaching Assistant (2017-2021)

2015-2016       MRes Security, Conflict and Justice, University of Bath, Distinction.

2015-2016       Project Engineer, Air Platform Systems Project Team (Part-time)

2014-2015       Maternity Leave

2000-2014      Air Engineering Officer, Royal Navy.

Including:   

  • May 12 – Feb 14       Requirements Manager (Air Platform Systems Project Team)
  • 2012                            MA International Liaison & Communication, University of Westminster
  • Aug 10 – May 12       Chinook Mk 4 Test and Evaluation Manager (Chinook Project Team)
  • Jun 08 – Aug 10        Staff Officer – Civil Effect Plans (Military Stabilisation Support Group)
  • Jun 07 – Jun 08        Air Engineering Officer (854 Naval Air Squadron)
  • Dec 06 – Jun 07        Deputy Air Engineering Officer (849 Naval Air Squadron)
  • Sep 05 – Dec 06       Professional Systems Engineering and Management Training
  • 2005                             MEng Aeronautical Engineering, Imperial College, London, 2:1
  • Sep 00 – Sep 05        Officer training, General sea training, and University training

RESEARCH GRANTS, HONOURS AND AWARDS

2022 Newcastle University Engagement and Place Award Shortlisted (jointly with Dr Alice Cree for the Early Career Category)

2020 University of Bath Doctoral Public Engagement Award

2020 University of Bath Doctoral Recognition Awards, Student Award

2020 University of Bath Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Finalist

2020 Winner Best Conference Paper, Modern Conflict Research Symposium, Imperial War Museum (North)

2019 University of Bath Public Engagement Progression Fund (£2500)

2019 University of Bath Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Conference Funding (£800)

2018 South West Doctoral Training Programme Impact Fund (£780)

2018 University of Bath Public Engagement Seed Fund (£488)

2017 Winner Best Image, Images of Research, University of Bath

2017 Winner of Poster Prize, South West Doctoral Training Programme Annual Conference

2017 Pre-confirmation Gold, Research Showcase, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bath (https://www.bath.ac.uk/announcements/doctoral-researchers-explore-new-ways-to-talk-about-their-research/)

2009 Certificate of Commendation awarded by the Chief of Joint Operations for Distinguished Service in support of Operation HERRICK in The Afghanistan Theatre of Operationsfor ‘stabilisationplanning’

2009 Commander-in-Chief Fleet’s Commendationfor ‘female engagement’

PUBLICATIONS

Journal articles:

  • West, H. (2021). Camp follower or counterinsurgent? Lady Templer and the forgotten wives. Small Wars & Insurgencies, 00, 1–25. https://doi.org/10.1080/09592318.2020.1860373
  • West, H., & Antrobus, S. (2021). ‘Deeply odd’: women veterans as critical feminist scholars. Critical Military Studies, 00(00), 1–16. https://doi.org/10.1080/23337486.2021.1907020
  • Antrobus, S. & West, H. (Forthcoming). ‘This is all very academic’: Critical thinking in Professional Military Education. RUSI Journal.

Book chapters:

  • West, H. (In Press). ‘Autoethnographic creativity: Re-remembering military service’, in Cree, A., (ed.) Creative Methods in Military Research. Washington: Rowman and Littlefield.

Other publications:

  • ‘Nightingale’s legacy: Women on the COVID ‘frontline’, Defence-in-Depth blog, Kings College London. (2020)
  • The Voice of the Veteran as Researcher, War and Narrative blog. (2019)
  • ‘Women and War: after Afghanistan there’s a chance to deploy gender led approaches to conflict.’, The Conversation. (2017)

TALKS AND INVITED PRESENTATIONS

2021 European International Studies Association Roundtable, ‘Left Behind: Military families and their forgotten war’. Convened roundtable and contributed as speaker.

2021 European International Studies Association Early Career Researcher workshop, ‘What is War?’. Gendered encounters with war: Women in ‘front line combat’ (1948-2014)’

2021 British International Studies Association Roundtable, ‘Critical friendship or critical distance – Engaging with the military in research’. Convened roundtable and contributed as speaker.

2021 Defence Academy Human Security Adviser’s Course. Delivered Critical Thinking session.

2021 Journal of War and Culture Studies Early Career Researcher Workshop, ‘War and Culture Studies, What’s Next?’. ‘Conflict, Intimacy and Military Wives: A Lively Geopolitics’

2020 Society for the History of War New Voices in the History of War Twitter Conference. Presented paper on ‘What did YOU do in the war, Mummy? British women’s experiences of the front-line, 1948-2014’.

2020 Modern Conflict Research Symposium 2.0, Imperial War Museum (North). Presented paper on ‘Camp follower or counterinsurgent? Lady Templer and the invisible soldiers’.

2020 European War Studies Network Graduate Conference, New Just War or Just New Wars? University Paris II. Presented paper on ‘Pregnant, Unarmed, in command: Women as weapon systems in frontline combat.’

2019 Voice of the Veteran as Researcher Workshop, Kings College London. Co-convened workshop and shared paper, ‘”Deeply odd”: Women veterans as critical feminist scholars’.

2019 University of Bath Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, Gender and Sexuality Cluster. Presented paper, ‘The exceptional and the incompetent:
Framing Female Engagement Teams in Afghanistan’.

2019 FUTURES Night: ‘Up Late’ at the Holburne Museum. Screened documentary film, ‘Uniformly Served: Veterans in Conversation.’

2019 British International Studies Association Postgraduate Workshop: Militarisation and the Local in Peacekeeping. Presented paper on ‘Women as weapon systems: Human Security Advisers in the DRC’.

2019 University of Bath Institute of Policy Research Doctoral Public Policy Research Seminar. Presented paper on ‘Women as weapon systems: from gender to human security advisers in the Democratic Republic of Congo’.

2019 Land Warfare Centre COIN Forum. Co-convened this inaugural forum and presented on ‘(Wo)man of War: A genealogy of women as counterinsurgents.’

2019 University of Bath Minerva Lecture: Exploring Conflict Through Art. Presented on panel about creative methods in my research and showed film, ‘She’ll Hold Her Own’.

2019 University of Bath Joint Social and Policy Science and Politics, Languages and International Studies Seminar: Crossing departmental boundaries. Convened and chaired discussion seminar.

2019 University of Newcastle Creative Methods in Military Studies. Presented on creative projects, ‘Pretty Young Soldiers’.

2019 Fringe Arts Bath. Screened music film, ‘She’ll Hold Her Own’ in exhibition entitled ‘This Woman’s Work.’

2019 University of Bath Department of Social and Policy Sciences Research Seminar. Convened and chaired panel ‘Creativity as research practice’.

2019 International Women’s Day at The Edge. Introductory talk and screening of music video: ‘She’ll Hold Her Own’. Displayed poem ‘These shoes and this handbag’ and poster ‘(Wo)man of war’.

2019 44AD Gallery: Living on the Margins Exhibition. Displayed poem ‘These shoes and this handbag’ and poster ‘(Wo)man of war’. Participated in introductory panel at open evening.

2018 University of Bath Film Festival. Introductory talk and screening of music video: ‘She’ll Hold Her Own’.

2018 FUTURES European Researchers’ Night: Up Late at the Holburne Museum. Co-convened a section on Women in warfare and exhibited poster ‘(Wo)man of war’.

2018 University of Bath Workshop. Crisis: Contested Narratives, Interventions and Resistance. Chaired panel on ‘Gendered Dimensions of Crisis’.

2017 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations: ‘The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises’ (European International Studies Association) in Barcelona. Presented paper ‘Gendered discourses on counterinsurgency’ in panel FD07-2 ’Gendered and imperial intersections in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency’.

2017 University of Bath Department of Social and Policy Sciences PhD Symposium. Presented paper ‘(Wo)man of war: A genealogy of women as counterinsurgents.’

2017 University of Bath Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Postgraduate Conference: Changing Lives, Changing Worlds. Delivered ‘Me and My Research: A Reflexivity Workshop’.

2017 National Army Museum 5×15 talks: Women in Military History. Presented paper: ‘From military engineer to academic researcher.

2017 National Army Museum. Women and the Army: 100 years of Progress? Presented paper: ‘The women’s services and the battle for the hearts and minds of the women of Malaya, 1952-54’.

2017 University of Warwick Postgraduate Conference: Challenge Landscape of Gender In/Equality. Presented paper: ‘Female engagement’: an embodiment of the securitisation of development’.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

2016+ Defence Research Network (DRN). Founder and co-chair of this network for PhD and early-career researchers studying defence, security or the Armed Forces in relation to policy, strategy, culture and society.

2017-2018. SWDTP Mentor.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

2020 Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

2015 APM Project Management Qualification

2012 MA International Liaison & Communication (University of Westminster)

2012 Chartered Engineer (Engineering Council)

2012 Certificate in Strategic Management & Leadership (Chartered Management Institute)

2012 Diploma in Strategic Leadership & Executive Management (Institute of Leadership & Management)

2011 Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society

2006 Diploma in French (University of Westminster)

CONTINUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2012 Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Defence Academy, Shrivenham)

2009 Provincial Reconstruction Team ISAF Course (NATO School, Oberammergau)

2008 Civil Military Cooperation Staff Officer’s Course (Military Stabilisation Support Group)