Holly Hughson

Visiting Scholar, Centre for Human Flourishing

Email: hhughson@sarum.ac.uk

Holly Hughson is a humanitarian aid worker with an extensive background in rapid assessment, program design, management and monitoring of operations in complex humanitarian emergencies and post-conflict development settings, including Kosovo, Sudan, Iraq, Russian Federation and Afghanistan.

For the past four years, she has worked as an instructor and advisor on the civilian humanitarian response in war to joint, coalition and inter-agency civilian-military training exercises at multiple military bases in the United States and Europe.

Holly’s life and work are driven by the desire to understand difference. Her research interests are focused on critical intersections where high stakes are involved:

  • Just Wars of Religion? “Holy War” in the 21st century
  • Counterterrorism and humanitarian action
  • Intersection of western humanitarian and military intervention in highly traditional cultures


  • Civil-Military Dialogue – The Early Days in Point of Decision, 2015
  • Warfare by Spoiler: Reviewing ‘Team of Teams’ in The Strategy Bridge, 2015
  • Telling the World How Bad It Can Be in United States Naval Institute Blog, 2015
  • ISIL as the Militarized Arm of the Arab Spring: How Crises of Authority Are Clearing the Path to Violence in Journal of the Homeland Defense Information & Security Analysis Center, 2015:2,2
  • ISIL and the Exploitation of Authority – Where Does the West Begin to Fight? in Air & Space Power Journal-Spanish Edition (2015) 27,2
  • The Military is not the Sole #Profession on the Battlefield, The Strategy Bridge, 2015
  • Unmasking the Executioner: What this Gesture Means and How It Can Help in the Fight Against ISIS in Small Wars Journal, 2015
  • Weinstein, Freedman and Hughson, School Voices: Challenges Facing Education Systems After Identity-based Conflicts (Belfast: Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 2007)
  • You, Me and Never the Twain Shall Meet: Perceptions of Education, History, Justice and Ethnicity in Kosovo (Berkeley: UC Berkeley Human Rights Center & ADRA Denmark, 2004)