Dr Graham Cable

Research Fellow

Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre (FiMT RC), affiliated to the Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Research Supervision:Yes

Graham Cable is a former military officer and consultant with a background in military training and higher education and research, the latter relating to international relations and military-to-civilian transition.

Twitter: @DrGrahamCable

Linkedln: https://www.linkedin.com/in/grahamcable/


Graham was medically discharged from the British Army after almost 16 years’ regular service (with an additional five years as a reservist), during which he served on operations in Angola, Iraq and Northern Ireland, as well as delivering and managing educational and training services to all ranks and services.

While in the Army, he added to his previous BA (Hons) (in Spanish and Portuguese) by undertaking in-service MA International Liaison and Communication and Master of Education degrees, while also teaching Spanish at the Defence School and Languages (now Defence Centre for Languages and Culture, UK Defence Academy) and as an Associate Lecturer at The Open University.

Upon leaving the Army, Graham began part-time teaching on the MA International Liaison and Communication course at the University of Westminster as well as a professional role at Canterbury Christ Church University. It was at this time he commenced his part-time Education Doctorate, before moving to consultancy roles with NATO and a Middle Eastern armed force before concluding his thesis, ‘Beyond being the best: educating for narrative repair in transition from British Army to Civvy Street’, in 2020.

His work here at ARU is primarily in support of FiMT's specific research review and engagement requirements, aimed at enabling ex-military personnel make a ‘successful and sustainable transition to civilian life’. This was the subject of his own doctoral research. Conservative estimates of reach suggest that FiMT reports and think pieces have been accessed and/or seen by 20M people in the last year (including via almost 300 media items). Graham also assists his colleagues in supervising relevant doctoral and master's studies, as well as with research into issues affecting the Armed Forces’ community.

In terms of institution-wide roles, he acts as ARU's Armed Forces’ Community Inclusion Lead, working with the Armed Forces Engagement Group to promote the inclusion of serving regular and reserve military personnel, veterans and family members as students and staff in our university, as well as exploring partnerships with other connected organisations.  In addition, Graham volunteers as a member of the King’s College London Centre for Military Mental Health Veterans Research Advisory Group and is Deputy Chair of Southeast England Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the (US-based) Veterans Studies Association and the steering group of an international network promoting Higher Education study and employment to armed forces personnel, veterans and their families.

Spoken Languages

  • Fluent Spanish

Research interests

  • Military-to-civilian transition (including families)
  • Military mental health
  • Autoethnography
  • Biographical narrative
  • The Luso-Hispanic World

Areas of research supervision

The transition of military personnel from armed forces’ careers back into civilian work and life.


  • EdD
  • MEd
  • MA International Liaison and Communication
  • BA (Hons) Spanish and Latin American Studies (with Portuguese)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member of the Chartered Management Institute
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists
  • Member of KCMHR Veterans Research Advisory Group
  • Deputy Chair of South East of South East England Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee
  • Member of the Veterans Studies Association Advisory Board

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • External Examiner for Southampton University’s British Army Post Graduate Certificate of Education
  • Researching the support needs of family members caring for veterans with mental health conditions, in collaboration with fellow members of ARU’s Veterans & Families Institute, Robert Gordon University and Oxford Brookes University.

Selected recent publications

  • Cable, G., Cathcart, D., and Almond, M.K. (2021) ‘The case for veteran-friendly higher education in Canada and the United Kingdom’, Journal of Veterans Studies, 7(1), pp. 46–54http://dx.doi.org/10.21061/jvs.v7i1.225
  • Godier-McBard, L.R., Cable G., Wood A., and Fossey M. (2021) ‘Gender and barriers to mental healthcare in UK military veterans: a preliminary investigation’, BMJ Military Healthhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjmilitary-2020-001754

Recent presentations and conferences

  • Educational & Training Provision for Serving Military Personnel & Veterans’ (Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre Conference, online, 23 March 2021)
  • ‘Narrating the Military-to-Civilian Transition Experience: Significance, Strategies and Support’ (NHS Armed Forces Networks Sussex, Kent and Medway Annual Conference, 21 January 2020)
  • ‘Life After Career and Cancer: Education as a Resource of Hope’ (European Society for Research on the Education of Adults conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, 3 March 2016)

Media experience

  • BBC Essex (radio interview talking about military-civilian transition, Jun 2021)
  • Forces TV News (on KCMHR research PTSD in UK Armed Forces’ members and veterans, Jan 2021) 
  • Defence of the Realm: Mission Angola (BBC, 1996)
  • Television and radio news broadcasts in Portuguese during UNAVEM III (Angola, 1996)
  • Iraqi television broadcasts from Al Muthanna, 2005
  • NATO spokesperson (Rapid Deployable Corps Italy) 2006-2008
  • Crown Media training delivered to British Army and NATO forces 2011-2017