Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

Christopher Stockdale-Garbutt

Christopher Stockdale-Garbutt

PhD Candidate, King's College London

Christopher Stockdale-Garbutt is currently a PhD candidate with the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. His research is focused on humanitarian logistics and supply chain integration involving US Sea Service and civilian aid agencies during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) operations conducted in the Indo-Pacific region. He holds a B.A (Hons.) in History and an M.A. in Applied Strategy and International Security from Plymouth University Business School and the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth. His postgraduate thesis focused on civil-military co-operation and co-ordination efforts during peacebuilding and stabilisation operations conducted in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2013.

He is also the project manager / principal researcher for the Civilian Military Humanitarian Climate Change Working Group’s (CMHCCWG) White Paper and conference report concerning civil-military humanitarian co-ordination within the context of climate change related disasters in the Indo-Pacific region. The aim of this research is to generate new knowledge and understanding for stakeholders and decision-makers and to motivate and structure a wider discussion of the complex challenges facing response organisations and communities. This research shall discuss ways in which actors involved in humanitarian response operations co-ordinate and will illustrate how disaster management and pro-active long-term planning and mitigation policies require greater civilian and military commitment and development to enhance climate change resilience against the impact of rising sea levels, more frequent tropical storms and flooding.

Christopher is also a serving member of the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC), think-tank. CIMSEC is a global community comprising of professionals, academics and forward thinkers who wish to further international maritime peace and security through an exchange of ideas and the rigor of critical thought and writing. He joined in 2012 serving as the organisations senior UK representative, an associate editor and as a member of the Board of Directors. He was elected to the post of President in 2022.