Research Institutions, Organizations and Working Groups

Research Institutions, Organizations and Working Groups



Research Institutions

Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr (ZMSBw)

The Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr is a federal departmental research institution within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Defence. It conducts basic military history research as well as military sociological and security policy research for the Bundeswehr. To this end, it examines German military history with a focus on the era of the world wars as well as the military history of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic in its alliances. The interrelationships between the military, state, society, economy, culture and the public are also taken into account. With its social science research, it contributes to the further development of military sociology and security policy as well as to science-based policy advice. Historical and social-scientific research at the ZMSBw and the Bundeswehr are in mutual exchange.


King’s College, Department of War Studies

The Department of War Studies is one of the few academic departments in the world that focuses on understanding the complex field of conflict, security and international politics through interdisciplinary teaching, research and engagement. It offers outstanding research-led teaching to the next generation of scholars in the fields of conflict, politics and international relations – from BA to PhD level. Based in the School of Security Studies at Kings College London, together with the Defense Studies Department, it forms the world’s largest community of scholars dedicated to producing world-leading research on all aspects of security and international relations.


The Sir Michael Howard Centre promotes the scholarly history of war in all its dimensions, trains research students and hosts research projects and conferences. We explore the history of war from the ancient world to the recent past, dealing not just with the history of armed services but also all involved in warfare. The contemporary policy relevance of historical sources, methods, and expertise is also reflected across the social sciences, in law and in other disciplines. The Centre foregrounds this applied dimension in its attention to the practicalities of documenting war as well as the analytical challenges of understanding it. The Centre builds on existing strengths such as the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, the Hobson Library and Archive at the UK Defence Academy and a number of successful research sub-groups, such as the Second World War Research Group. At its heart is a resident community of over fifty nationally and internationally recognised scholars.


Netherlands Institute for  War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD)

The Netherlands  Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies  (NIOD) is a national and international centre of expertise for interdisciplinary research into the history of world wars, mass violence, and genocides, including their long-term social consequences. In addition, NIOD collects, preserves, and provides access to archives and collections. From a historical perspective, NIOD conducts interdisciplinary research into the social impact of war and large-scale violence in the 20th and 21st centuries. The Institute aims to shed light on important developments in recent history in their global context for the benefit of research and society.


The Netherlands Institute for Military History (NIMH) 

The Netherlands Institute for Military History (NIMH) is a specialized knowledge and research center in the field of Dutch military history. It concerns the history of the Dutch armed forces in the period from the Eighty Years’ War to the present. The NIMH manages a unique military-historical collection and makes it accessible to a wide audience. The institute also publishes scientific studies and provides education and lectures.


University of Bingham, Centre for War Studies

The Centre brings together a wide range of scholars interested in the study of war and conflict in all its manifestations. Warfare is by its nature an all-encompassing subject and the Center’s approach is therefore truly interdisciplinary, with staff in the Department of History and Cultures working closely with their colleagues in other departments. The Center actively promotes research projects with other institutions across Europe as well as in the United States and Australia. As the Center continues to expand and welcomes new colleagues, these links will only increase. The Center offers opportunities for research supervision in a range of disciplines, from postdoctoral to PhD level as part of our growing range of MA programs.


Organizations and Working Groups

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