Dr Sergio Catignani

Research Interests

Dr Catignani has carried out advisory work with several NATO armies on counterinsurgency and on the future character of conflict. His research and teaching interests comprise, amongst other things, critical military studies, civil-military relations, institutional innovation and transformation, contemporary security issues (esp. insurgency and counter-insurgency, terrorism and counter-terrorism, stabilization operations and military humanitarian intervention), Middle East security, and gendered perspectives on military personnel and family issues.

PhD candidates interested in working with Dr Catignani in his areas of research expertise/interest are welcome to get in touch.

Research-related Grants and Awards

  • “Sustaining Future Reserves 2020: Assessing Organizational Commitment in the Reserves”. ESRC Grant (co-funded by the British Army and Ministry of Defence), 1 September 2014-31 August 2018 (0.4 FTE), £299,911.
  • “European Defence in an Age of Austerity” Strategy & Security Institute Workshop, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 3-5 April 2014, €4,500.
  • “Military Adaptation and the Afghan Insurgency”, Research Fellowship, The Leverhulme Trust, Principal Investigator, 1 September 2010-31 August 2011, £42,593.
  • Early Career Fellowship, The Leverhulme Trust (June 2009), Principal Investigator, £96,000 (declined due to offer of permanent employment from the University of Sussex).
  • Visiting Fellowship Grant, Institute for National Security Studies/Jaffee Center, Tel Aviv University, June-Aug. 2008, $20,000.
  • Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellowship, European University Institute, Florence, 1 September 2007-31 August 2008, € 26,400.
  • Winner, Third Annual Dissertation Award, Committee for the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy – American Political Science Association, Chicago, September 2007.
  • Summer Workshop for the Analysis of Military Operations & Strategy Grant, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, 2006, US$3,500.
  • “Leadership in Low-Intensity Conflicts”, Canadian Defence Academy Research Grant, 2004, CDN$3,000.
  • School of Social Science and Public Policy PhD Studentship, King’s College London, 1 October 2001-31 September 2003, £40,800.

Research Supervision

Dr Catignani's research interests comprise, amongst other things, critical military studies, civil-military relations, institutional innovation and transformation, contemporary security issues (esp. insurgency and counter-insurgency, terrorism and counter-terrorism, stabilization operations and military humanitarian intervention), Middle East security, and gendered perspectives on military personnel and family issues.

He is happy to supervise in the above areas.

Research Students

First Supervisor

Capt.  Mike Crofts (PT, 2014-2016).  MA    by Research. "How can adherence to International Law be better encouraged during Security Sector Reform? An analysis of the British Army’s professionalisation of indigenous forces". Awarded on 2 June 2016.

Mr.  Tobias Ruettershoff (FT, 2013-2016).  DPhil.  Title: "Expert  Knowledge  Production  in  US Military  Campaigns:  The  Case  of  the  Philippines,  Vietnam  and  Iraq".  Funded by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Germany. Awarded on 5 April 2016.

Mr. Alex Neads (FT, 2013-2017). DPhil. Title: "Military Capacity Building: The Dilemmas of Building Other States’ Armies". Co-funded by Babcock International Group, UK and the College of Social and International Studies, University of Exeter. Awarded on 23 January 2017.

Major John Bailey (PT, 2016-21).  DPhil.  Title:  "Translating  Fighting  Power:  The  Utility  of Social  Science  in  Enhancing  Military  Capacity  Building  Programmes  in  an  Era  of  Persistent Engagement". Funded by the UK Ministry of Defence’s Higher Defence Studies Programme.

Major Leanne Fuller (PT, 2015-22), MRes+DPhil.  Title:  "Growing double and Deutero loop learners: An analysis of the British Army's efforts to inculcate a learning culture amongst junior officers".  Funded  by  the  1+3  ESRC  Standard  Research Studentship  New  Scheme  (Ref. 650049601).