Professor Theo Farrell
Treasurer / Executive Dean
Professor Theo Farrell is Executive Dean of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Previously, he was Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at City, University of London (2016–17), and before that Head of the Department of War Studies at King’s College London (2013–16).
Theo is former Chair and President of the British International Studies Association. He has served on the boards of numerous trusts, academic journals, and associations, including the Governing Council of the International Studies Association. Theo is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK), the Royal Society of Arts, and the Royal Society of New South Wales. Theo’s research spans several disciplines and focuses on transformative change in armed conflict. His latest book, Unwinnable: Britain’s war in Afghanistan, 2001-2014, (Penguin Random House 2017) was chosen as a Book of the Year by The Sunday Times and the Evening Standard.
In his leadership roles and own research, Theo has championed the real-world impact of academic research. In London, he developed a number of partnerships to connect research at King’s with policy users and the broader public. A leading expert on the war in Afghanistan, Theo served on high-level strategic reviews for three commanders of international forces, and for many years advised government at the highest level. He was also involved in direct talks with senior Taliban figures to explore a negotiated end to the conflict.