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Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow in Defence Industries and Society

RUSI is seeking to recruit an expert for its Defence Industries and Society Programme.

The Defence Industries and Society Programme at RUSI was established in 2011 in order to provide rigorous analysis of the defence enterprise, with a particular focus on the UK. It is based on the assumption that it is important to view defence as an enterprise that involves not just government organisations and people (military and civilian), but also a large commercial private sector in the UK and overseas, parliament, the media, charities and the families of serving and retired military personnel. The management of this complex set of people and organisations, involving the coordinated use of its resources and specialisms, is at the core of the Programme’s concerns, a concern reflected in its track record of impactful and original publications. Recent and current outputs from the programme can be found at Annex A.

It is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow with expertise in at least part of this broad field.


The post will involve:

  • researching to generate an authoritative evidence base and writing on a range of topics in a style that is accessible to the general intelligent reader, under the guidance of Professor Trevor Taylor;
  • demonstrating initiative and thought leadership in the conception and design of research projects;
  • winning financial support from corporate, governmental and educational sponsors for the programme’s work;
  • organising events including working groups, round tables and conferences that generate information and inform public debate;
  • presenting orally to professional and academic audiences and, if asked to do so, giving evidence to parliamentary committees;
  • responding to enquiries from the media;
  • being a cooperative colleague working with other RUSI personnel operating in separate but related areas.

Person Specifications

This is a post offering significant scope for personal intellectual development but the individual appointed will be expected to be able to ‘hit the ground running’, i.e., able quickly to make a valuable contribution to the programme’s work. This consideration is reflected in the essential requirements.


  • Educational qualifications at least to Master’s level or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • Experience of evidence-based writing and research in a social science field;
  • Demonstrable familiarity with a significant sector(s) of the generic literature on management;
  • Keen interest in the defence and wider security sector, its key features and challenges;
  • The capacity to present orally in a stimulating and clear fashion Desirable:
  • A research degree in a relevant subject
  • A track record of published work
  • Knowledge of current issues in UK, European and US defence
  • Experience of work in the defence sector · Capacity to read defence-related material in one or more foreign languages


The salary will be £38,000 to £50,000 per annum depending on experience. RUSI offers several additional benefits, including a pension scheme (6% employer contribution) and a travel season ticket loan.

RUSI is based in Whitehall in the heart of London, close to government and the amenities of central London. Charing Cross station (underground and national rail) and other underground stations are a short walk away.


At RUSI you will be appreciated and valued. Our projects and stakeholders are international and diverse so we work really hard to create inclusive teams that support our efforts and each other. We therefore encourage you to apply regardless of your socio-economic background, ethnicity, sexual preference, gender or disability. RUSI’s values can be found here:


To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter stating why you consider that you are suitable for the role to Michael Codner, Director of Personnel Services, at The closing date for applications will be Friday 7 June 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview.

Reference: RUSI-RFDIS

Location: RUSI Whitehall

Salary: £38,000 to £50,000

Apply By: 7 June 2019 - 5:30pm

Annex A: Selected Publications from the Defence, Industries and Society Programme

T.Taylor & John Louth, UK Defence in the 21st Century, London, Routledge, 2018.

J.Louth, T.Taylor, L.Twort and G.Thompson, ‘The Home Front: the Future Accommodation Model for the UK Armed Forces’, RUSI Occasional Paper, May 2018,

J.Louth & T.Taylor, ‘A Defence Industrial Strategy for the UK’, RUSI Occasional Paper, April 2018 ( and

J.Louth, T.Taylor & A.Tyler, ‘Defence Innovation and the UK: Responding to the Risks Identified by the US Third Offset Strategy’, RUSI Occasional Paper, July 2017,

J.Louth, T.Taylor and L.Twort, ‘The Art of the Covenant: The Armed Forces Covenant and the Role of the Commercial Sector’, RUSI Occasional Paper, 2016,

J.Louth & T.Taylor, ‘The US Third Offset Strategy: Hegemony and Dependency in the 21st Century’, RUSI Journal, June 2016

T.Taylor & J.Louth ‘Beyond The Whole Force: the Concept of the Defence Extended Enterprise and the Implications for the Ministry of Defence’, RUSI Occasional Paper, November 2015,

T.Taylor, J.Louth & H.Heidenkamp, ‘Industry and the Military Instrument’ in A.L.Johnson (ed), Wars in Peace: British Military Operations Since 1991, London, RUSI, 2014, pp.291-320

H.Heidenkamp, J.Louth & T. Taylor, The Defence Industrial Triptych: Government as Customer, Sponsor and Regulator, RUSI, London, 2013).

T.Taylor & J.Louth, ‘What the Government Must Do in Defence Procurement’, RUSI Briefing Paper October 2013, 

T.Taylor & J.Louth, The Inherently Governmental Function and the GOCO Proposal for Defence Equipment and Support’, RUSI Briefing Paper, 2013,

T.Taylor, Acquisition Focus Group, ‘The Defence Materiel Strategy and the GOCO Proposal for Abbey Wood’, RUSI Briefing Paper, July 2012,

T.Taylor, ‘Management’s limited capacity to rescue UK defence policy’, International Affairs, Vol.88, No.2, March 2012, pp.223-242

J.Louth & T.Taylor, ‘The Destinations of the Defence Pound’, RUSI Briefing Paper, January 2012,

RUSI Whitehall
£38,000 to £50,000
Apply By: 
Friday, June 28, 2019 - 5:30pm

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