Professor Sir Hew Strachan, Dr Claire Morelon, and Dr Mary Elisabeth Cox are leading this project, with Hew Strachan serving as the Principal Investigator. Sir Hew Strachan is one of the world’s leading experts on the First World War. He is an Emeritus Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford and Professor of International Relations at the University of St. Andrews. Of his many publications, his most recent include The First World War: Volume 1: To Arms (2001), The First World War: an illustrated history (2003; related to a multi-part television series and translated into many languages), Clausewitz’s On War: a Biography (2007), and The Direction of War (2013). Sir Professor Hew Strachan has received many honours and recognitions including, and served in many different capacities. He is a member of the Chief of Defence Staff’s Strategic Advisory Panel, the Defence Academy Advisory Board, and the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He has served as a specialist advisor to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the National Security Strategy in the recently dissolved Parliament. He is a Trustee of the Imperial War Museum and a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner, and serves on the both the United Kingdom’s and Scotland’s national advisory panels for the centenary of the First World War.
Dr Claire Morelon is Junior Research Fellow in the History of the Great War at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford. Her research focuses on daily life in the Habsburg Empire during the First World War and in its immediate aftermath. She is currently preparing her first monograph entitled Streetscapes of War and Revolution: Prague 1914-1920. She has published articles and chapters on refugees during the First World War, the Habsburg war effort, and the urban-rural divide.
Dr Mary Elisabeth Cox is a William Golding Junior Research Fellow in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Brasenose College, Oxford, and a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Her research focuses on the health, hunger, and inequality of civilians during the First World War. Her first book, ‘Hunger in War and Peace’ is forthcoming from Oxford University Press as part of their Historical Monograph Series. She was the 2016 recipient of the Alexander Prize from the Royal Historical Society for the best published article in any field of history by an early career historian.