As a network we are aiming to compile a list of useful resources for members, created by members to assist with defence research. Please tweet us @DefenceResNet with any suggestions and check out the following pages for more information:
#DefResResources: Methodology provides you with links to useful references, books and archive material relating to researching the military.
#DefResResources: Research Hubs provides you with links to relevant defence research centres and think tanks.
#DefResResources: Journals provides you with links to relevant journals across the varied research fields of our network from history to social science.
#DefResResources: Books provides a list of books recommended by the network at our recent Twitter hour.
#DefResResources: Ethics shares some top tips if you need to go through the Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee and reading on the question of military ethics.
#DefResResources: Counterinsurgency includes an introduction to our COIN Forums and a list of recommended reading sourced fr0m the network.
#DefResResources: Women, Peace and Security provides a starting point for accessing resources about women and conflict, as victims/survivors, servicewomen and rebel fighters.
#DefResResources: Critical Military Studies signposts you to a number of sites where you can learn more about this emerging field.
#DefResResources: Military Health Research helps you navigate research relating to both physical and mental military health research.
#DefResResources: Veterans & Family Research provides you with links to various research hubs and studies focusing on veterans and military families.
The Warrior Nation Podcast gives you a deep dive into military affairs and the relationships between defence, the armed forces and civil society in modern Britain, brought to you by ForcesWatch.
Coming soon: Combat Morale Podcast
The Combat Morale Podcast is currently under development, but will aim to provoke debate and discourse around what shapes and influences the morale and motivations of combatants in war. It seeks to answer the eternal question; what makes people fight (or not) in armed conflicts?
The podcast seeks to explore the dual aspect of motivation and morale; why people fight and why they may not. For example, why do individuals enlist in military forces, endure the tribulations of life on active service and why they may commit war crimes. It also seeks to consider the ‘flip side’ of morale and examine why some people refuse to serve or enlist in armed forces and also study why people in combat may desert, mutiny or reject military authority.
Interviews are sought with individuals from a range of multi-disciplinary experts including policymakers, service personnel, former combatants, sociologists, psychologists and historians. If you are interested, contact [email protected]
Recording is underway for these five themes and it is hoped that the first batch of interview will be released over the summer of 2021.
Here are some resources which have recently been made available:
Dr. Jonathan Kennedy (Queen Mary University of London) discusses the response of the UK Government to the Coronavirus pandemic and what lessons can be learned from other nations, such as China and Italy.
Each week BISA Director, Juliet Dryden, scours the internet for COVID-19 content that might interest you. Here she brings this week's best podcasts and readings. She finishes with 'In other news', giving you a moment's break from the pandemic.
BISA Chair, Mark Webber, asked a selection of academics and publishers which books they would recommend for reading during the lockdown. Here is what they came up with and why.
The Institute of Historical Research is collecting links to accessible online materials to help those writing dissertations and undertaking research.
JSTOR and their participating publishers are making an expanded set of content freely available to our participating institutions where students have been displaced due to COVID-19.
The University of Bath are providing temporary access to The Literary Encyclopedia, Politics Trove (University Oxford Press), and textbooks on Cambridge Core:
The University of Bath has also forwarded an online resource access list that is regularly updated:
SAGE Campus offers online courses by social scientists, for social scientists.
COVID-19 Resources: Gender Data, Gender, and Data compiled by Data2x