Contact Dr Caroline Micklewright


Dr Micklewright joined Cranfield after a successful career in the Royal Air Force as a logistics officer.  She specialised in air movements and information technology; she has served in the UK as well as the Falkland Islands and Iraq. Her logistics background is varied, spanning strategic planning, fuels, logistics support and warehouse management, along with project and contract management where she worked alongside industry partners supporting fast jet aircraft. 

Dr Micklewright holds a Master’s in Information, Management and Technology from Cranfield University, a Master’s in Research from the Open University and was awarded her PhD from the Open University in 2021.  Her PhD explored the impact of organisational behaviours and culture on personnel who are leaving military service.

Dr Micklewright is an experienced supervisor at undergraduate and postgraduate level specialising in defence, the air domain, change management and project management. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow within the Politics Department at the University of Exeter, working on the Military Afterlives project which explores veteran transition through the life course.

Her scholarly interests focus on leadership, management, power, gender and identity within the military environment, and she has presented her research at international conferences, given talks about gendered perspectives in the workplace in support of International Women’s Day, supported The Foundling Museum by exploring the historical understandings of PTSD, and appeared on local radio discussing veteran’s issues.

Research opportunities

I am currently working in several fields related to leadership, gender studies, military identity, and veteran studies and encourage applications in regard to:

Female Leadership in Defence

Gender Studies

Military Organisational Culture

Veteran Studies

Current activities

Dr Micklewright is currently working on the Military Afterlives Project at the University of Exeter and writing up the findings of her PhD.

Currently lectures or provides thesis supervision on the following courses within the Centre for Defence & Security:

MSc Defence Leadership

MBA Defence Project Management

Defence & Security Post Grad Diploma

Senior Leadership Programme