Contact Dr Edith Wilkinson

Areas of expertise

  • Counter-IED
  • Safety, Resilience, Risk & Reliability


Edith Wilkinson joined Cranfield University in 2004 and works as a Senior Lecturer for the Cranfield Forensic Institute. She holds a PhD from Cranfield University based on research that examined policy implementation and forms of learning that take place across scales. Her thesis was particularly concerned with the performance of DFID’s Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF). She had been involved in the management of an initiative funded though the GTF to raise the performance of both formal and informal governance institutions operating at the sub-national level in provinces of Afghanistan, on which she based a case study.

Edith is a member of BSI SSM/1 on Societal Security Management since October 2008 where she contributed actively to the review of the ISO/TC 223 standard on the “Elements of command, control, information, coordination and cooperation for emergency management”. She is also a member of the Institute of Civil Defence and Disaster Studies since December 2008 and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2015.

Previously, Edith worked in European affairs at the Directorate General for Research of the European Parliament and then as a Consultant monitoring and advising on EU policy. 

Edith speaks fluently French and English and has a reasonable level of Spanish which allows her to be at ease in international environments.

Research opportunities

Dr Wilkinson is happy to accept PhD students in topics that fall within her field interest.

Current activities

Edith lectures on the topics of Risk, Crisis and Resilience. She runs modules on several Master’s degrees including Cranfield University’s MBA (Defence) and on the newly developed Counterterrorism programmes as well as short courses. She has delivered courses (accredited as well as non-accredited) abroad on multiple occasions.

Edith has also been involved in policy analysis dealt with information sharing, standardisation and interoperability of agencies involved in disaster and emergency response. Her expertise was drawn through drawing out user requirement for the development of new technology in the field of management of emergency services operations and also investigating information sharing between the military, civilian organisations and NGOs on IEDs, landmines and ERW when operating in hazardous areas.

In addition, Edith carried out work in the field of performance management and assessments. She assisted in the review of Defence Balanced Scorecards for the Ministry of Defence and evaluated courses on the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College as well as FCO-funded Counter Terrorism / Crisis Management Programme for Egypt.

Previously Edith worked within the Cranfield Humanitarian Mine Action team on of the revision of international mine clearance standards, developing sampling procedures for quality assurance of cleared areas. This standard was adopted by the UN and was used as a post-clearance assessment.


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Wilkinson E (2017) How useful are experiential learning models in framing the implementation of government policy for international development? A case study of DFID’s GTF Programme. In: Symposium on Learning and Innovations in Resilient Systems 2017, Heerlen, 23-24 March 2017.
  • Wilkinson E & Ayad A (2016) Can Experience-based Learning Model Improve Knowledge Transfer From Developed to Developing Countries? Potential for use in Two International Programmes. In: Defence and Security Doctoral Symposium, Shrivenham, 15-16 November 2016.
  • Wilkinson E (2015) Information Sharing and the Requirement to Move from the Need to Know to the Need to Share. Conference Panel on “Uniting military, international and humanitarian forces to tackle the persistent IED threat”.. In: Annual EOD & Counter-IED conference, London, 23 November 2015.
  • Cullen A, Barker S, Case S, Rye T, Rossow B & Wilkinson E (2009) The oasis approach to civil/military information sharing for disaster and emergency management. In: NATO Science and Technology Organization (RTO-MP-IST-086) C3I for Crisis, Emergency and Consequence Management , Bucharest, 11 May 2009.
  • Wilkinson E (2007) Understanding the barriers to the interoperability of disaster and emergency management information systems. In: Conference of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS), Trogir, 5 June 2007.
  • Wilkinson EMD (2007) Understanding the barriers to the interoperability of Disaster and Emergency Management Information Systems. In: TIEMS 14th Annual Conference, Trogir, Croatia, 5 June 2007.
  • Wilkinson E (2005) Project OASIS. In: BAPCO Conference , London, 20 April 2005.
  • Couturier M & Wilkinson E (2005) Open Advanced System for Improved crisiS management (OASIS). In: International Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM), Brussels, 18 April 2005.