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Dr Christopher J Murphy

Lecturer in Intelligence Studies


I have been a Lecturer in Intelligence Studies at Salford since 2006. Prior to this I was a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary British History at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.


Level 5: Intelligence, Security & Politics in Britain, 1909-1994 (Module Convenor)

Level 6: Britain and the European Resistance, 1939-1945 (Module Convenor)

Level 7: Issues in Intelligence (Module Convenor)

Level 7: Issues in Intellligence (DL) (Module Convenor)

Level 7: Researching in Intelligence and Security Studies: Theory and Practice (DL) (Module Convenor)

Dissertation Supervision (UG and PGT): I am interested in supervising dissertations in the area of intelligence history (broadly defined). Recent subjects supervised include Operation FOOT, the work of the Industrial Intelligence Centre during the inter-war years, and the role of strategic deception prior to Operation TORCH.

Research Interests

I am interested in the history of the British intelligence community, from the origins of the Security Service (MI5) and Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, or MI6) from 1909 to the present day. I have specific research interests in the work of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War and the historiography of intelligence studies.

Qualifications and Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society


with Dr Christopher R. Moran (eds.), Intelligence Studies in Britain and the US: Historiography since 1945 (Edinburgh: EUP, (2013)); includes single authored chapter ‘Whitehall, Intelligence and Official History: Editing SOE in France’.

‘Command, rather than consultation: Organising Special Operations – the case of SOE’, Public Policy and Administration 25 (1) (2010), pp.67-84

Security and Special Operations: SOE and MI5 during the Second World War, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

‘SOE’s Foreign Currency Transactions’, Intelligence and National Security 20 (1) (March 2005), pp.190-206. Reprinted in The Politics and Strategy of Clandestine War: SOE, 1940-1946 (London: Routledge, 2006)

‘The Origins of SOE in France’, The Historical Journal, 46 (4) (December 2003), pp. 1-18

‘SOE and Repatriation’, Journal of Contemporary History, 36 (2) (April 2001), pp. 309-23

'"Constituting a Problem in Themselves": Countering Covert Chinese Activity in India: The Life and Death of the Chinese Intelligence Section, 1944-46', Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History  44(6) (2016), pp.928-951.

(with Dr Dan Lomas) 'Return to neverland? Freedom of Information and the History of British Intelligence', The Historical Journal 57(1) (March 2004), pp.273-287.

I am also a regular contributor to The Conversation website.