Ewan Lawson is an independent researcher on defence and security issues having previously been a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute. He is also a Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

He researches a range of subjects including cyber security, strategy and cross-government working, military influence and information operations, law of armed conflict and war crimes, and conflict in Africa. He has also overseen and participated in conferences, meetings and lectures in these areas.

Before moving into academic research, he was a Royal Air Force officer, initially as a policing and security specialist but in the latter part of his career in a range of joint warfare appointments. His experience included tours as a joint operational planner, as the commanding officer of the UK Psychological Operations Group, as military faculty at both the UK and Kuwait Staff Colleges and as the first Defence Attaché at the British Embassy in South Sudan. He also served in the then Joint Forces Command with responsibility for the development of cyber warfare capabilities.

Since leaving the Royal United Services Institute in 2019, he has been engaged by the International Committee of the Red Cross examining military cyber operations and international humanitarian law.