NOTE [08 September 2019]: This page is a couple of years old, and due for an update.


I’m  a researcher and consultant based in London, where I divide my time between academic life and running my consultancy practice. I’ve spent over 20 years working  in applied settings, on what could broadly be termed  “international affairs” – imperfect shorthand for an amalgam of military service,  policy advisory, field research, consultancy, teaching and writing.  My credentials include degrees in history and political science, methods training in both of those disciplines, and a long list of professional skills courses in more specialized aspects of research and analytical tradecraft. I recently completed my PhD in Politics at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

“Research” means different things to different people. Knowledge-workers define it in a variety of ways. I use the term loosely to describe a cycle of activities that involves accessing information, making sense of it and communicating the results. In my academic guise, there are well established pathways for doing this. In my consulting practice, it means I do three things: I advise clients on their information requirements and research strategies for achieving their goals; I personally  conduct research for them; and I organize and run research teams to support more complex projects that require additional subject matter expertise or faster completion times.

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And here’s the third person sketch:

Michael A. Innes is a London-based consultant and advisor, specialising in strategic and operational research for government, corporate and private clients.

Formally trained as a political scientist and historian, he spent more than 2o years in various academic, military and civilian advisory roles, working at the interface of international security, development, justice and trade. His company, Thesigers, now provides clients around the world with knowledge-based solutions to public and private sector research challenges. Working with meticulously sourced information resources and innovative project design strategies, he has carried out assignments across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

His written work has appeared in both popular and peer-reviewed academic outlets, including CNN, Foreign Policy, Wired, Transitions Online, Cultural Survival Quarterly, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Civil Wars, SAIS Review, and others. He has published three edited books with established houses: Making Sense of Proxy Wars: States, Surrogates, and the Use of Force (Potomac Books, 2013), Denial of Sanctuary: Understanding Terrorist Safe Havens (Praeger, 2007), and Bosnian Security After Dayton: New Perspectives (Routledge, 2006).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and is affiliated with a number of universities and institutions in the United Kingdom, Norway and elsewhere. He has lived and worked all over the world, with notable sojourns in Afghanistan, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia and Kosovo.