Dr David J Lonsdale

Lecturer/ Programme Director, BA War and Security Studies/ Programme Director, MA Strategy and International Security

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


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David J. Lonsdale is a lecturer in War and Security Studies who joined the University of Hull in September 2006.

He previously held the posts of Lecturer in Strategic Studies at the University of Reading (2003-2006) and Lecturer in Defence Studies at King's College London (2000-2003), based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College.

Dr Lonsdale's main areas of research are strategic studies and military history, in particular strategic theory and its application to historical and contemporary strategic settings.

His publications include Understanding Contemporary Strategy and Alexander the Great: Lessons in Strategy.


Research Interests

  • Strategic studies

  • Military history


Understanding Contemporary Strategy, with Thomas Kane (Abingdon, Routledge, 2012)

Alexander the Great: Lessons in Strategy (Abingdon, Routledge, 2008)

Understanding Modern Warfare, with Speller et al (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Alexander, Killer of men: Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Art of War (London, Constable and Robinson, 2004)

The Nature of War in the Information Age: Clausewitzian Future (London, Frank Cass, 2003)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Introduction to War and Politics

  • Modern Strategy

  • Air Power

  • Nuclear Strategy

  • Intelligence and National Security

  • Strategic Studies: Theory and Practice

Research PhDs

  • Strategic studies

  • Military history

Completed PhDs 

  • The North African Campaign, Second World War

  • The Development of British Airborne Operations

  • Cyber Security and Game Theory

  • Cyber Security Policy in Saudi Arabia

  • Revolution in Military Affairs on the Korean Peninsula

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Time as a Dimension in Strategy

  • The Ethics of Counterinsurgency

Teaching awards and accolades

  • HEA Senior Fellow

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • MA History and International Relations (University of Aberdeen)

  • MA Security Studies (University of Hull)

  • MA Theology (University of Hull)

  • PhD, The Nature of War in the Information Age (University of Hull)