Dr Samantha Newbery

Lecturer in Contemporary Intelligence Studies

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Dr Samantha Newbery joined the University of Salford as Lecturer in Contemporary Intelligence Studies in January 2010, shortly after submitting her PhD at Trinity College Dublin.


Modules Convened:

  • Intelligence Ethics (MA level, distance learning)
  • Security Networks, Intelligence and Internal Security (MA level, attendance and distance learning)
  • British Counter-Insurgency since 1945 (level 6)
  • Contemporary Security (level 5, from 2016/17)
  • Introduction to Intelligence and Security Studies (level 4)
  • Introduction to Security, Intelligence and Terrorism Studies (level 4, from 2015/16)

I am willing to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in intelligence ethics, contemporary intelligence issues, contemporary security, counter-insurgency, and the contemporary history and politics of Northern Ireland.  I also welcome expressions of interest from potential PhD students in these areas.

Research Interests

My current research addresses the ethical issues raised by intelligence practices used in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency contexts, and therefore the dilemmas faced by security practitioners and policymakers.

Qualifications and Memberships

2011, PGCert Higher Education Practice and Research (University of Salford).

PhD History, 2010 (Trinity College Dublin).

MScEcon Intelligence Studies with Research Training, Distinction, 2004 (University of Wales, Aberystwyth).

BScEcon International Politics and Strategic Studies, 1st class honours, 2003 (University of Wales, Aberystwyth)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since September 2011)

Member of the Centre for European Security, University of Salford

Member of the Oxford Intelligence Group

Member of the Study Group on Intelligence

Member of the Women’s Security Society


Select Publications:

Samantha Newbery, Interrogation, Intelligence and Security: Controversial British Techniques, Manchester University Press, 2015.

Brian TW Stewart and Samantha Newbery, Why Spy? The Art of Intelligence, Hurst, 2015.

Samantha Newbery, ‘Interrogation during “the troubles” in Northern Ireland, 1971-5’, Christopher Andrew and Simona Tobia (eds.), Interrogation in War and Conflict: A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Analysis, Routledge, 2014, pp.209-26.

Samantha Newbery, ‘Terrorism, torture and intelligence’, International Politics, 50(4), 2013, pp.512-31.

Samantha Newbery, ‘The study of interrogation: A focus on torture, but what about intelligence?’, Christopher J Murphy and Christopher Moran (eds.), Intelligence Studies in Britain and the US: Historiography Since 1945 , Edinburgh University Press, 2013, pp. 222-35.