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Dr Dan Lomas

Lecturer in International History


I have been a Lecturer in International History at the University of Salford since January 2014. Before this I completed my AHRC funded doctoral research on intelligence and security during the post-war Attlee government, 1945-1951. My research looks at the post-war interface between intelligence, security and policy in Britain.

My book Intelligence, Security and the Attlee Governments, 1945 - 1951 is available from Manchester University Press and was shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society's Whitfield Prize for first academic monograph. I have also published in the Journal of Intelligence History, Intelligence and National Security, The Historical Journal, The Journal of Imperial & Commonwealth History and The International History Review. Beyond academic publishing, I have contributed to The Conversation UK, BBC History Magazine, The New Statesman, History Today, as well as discussions on BBC 5 Live, ITV Granada, BBC Radio Scotland, Channel 5 News, and other media outlets.

I am programme leader for Salford’s part-time Distance Learning MA in Intelligence & Security Studies, and the Admissions Lead for all politics and history-related undergraduate programmes at the University.

I am willing to supervise dissertations on a range of topics including Britain and the Cold War, British intelligence and security, and contemporary intelligence and security issues. Recent subjects include British policy towards the Soviet Union, 1945-1949, the impact of the Suez crisis on British decolonisation, the development of British counter-insurgency in Malaya and Kenya, and post-war strategic deception.

In September 2019 I was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award for ‘outstanding’ student learning support and innovative teaching pedagogy. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy having obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.


Modules Convened:

  • Intelligence and Conflict: British Intelligence at War (MAISS and MAISS-DL)
  • The Secret State: Domestic Security in Britain, 1883-present (MAISS and MAISS-DL)
  • Britain and the Cold War (Level 5)
  • International History, 1789-1914 (Level 5).
  • Introduction to Intelligence, Security & Terrorism Studies (Level 4)
  • International History I, 1889-1945 (Level 4).  
  • International History II, 1945-2001 (Level 4).


Modules Contributed to:  

  • Issues in Intelligence (MAISS and MAISS-DL)
  • Intelligence, Security and Politics in Britain (L5)

Research Interests

Intelligence, security, diplomacy, defence, politics

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD Clement Attlee, the Labour Governments and Britain’s Intelligence Community, 1945-1951 (from University of Salford).

Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

MA. Intelligence & Security Studies (from The University of Salford).


BA. (Hons) Contemporary Military and International History (from University of Salford).

First Class

PgCAP Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (from University of Salford) – 2015



Lomas, D 2019, Intelligence and Espionage: Secrets and Spies (Seminar Studies in History) (with Dr. Christopher J. Murphy), Routledge, Oxon, UK. (link)


Lomas, D 2016, Intelligence, Security and the Attlee Governments, 1945 - 1951 - An uneasy relationship?, Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK. (link)


Refereed Journal Articles

Lomas, D & Ward, S & McLoughlin, L 2020, '"Hello, world": GCHQ, Twitter and social media engagement', Intelligence and National Security.


Lomas, D 2019, 'Crocodiles in the corridors: security vetting, race and Whitehall, 1945-1968', Journal of Imperial & Commonwealth History. (link)


Lomas, D 2019, 'Facing the Dictators: Anthony Eden, the Foreign Office and British Intelligence, 1935-1945', International History Review. (link)


Lomas, D 2015, '"...the Defence of the Realm and nothing else": Sir Findlater Stewart, Labour Ministers and the Security Service', Intelligence and National Security, 30(6), pp.793-816. (link)


Lomas, D & Murphy, C 2014, 'Communication: Return to Neverland? Freedom of Information and the History of British Intelligence', The Historical Journal, 57(1), pp.273-287. (link)


Lomas, D 2013, 'Labour Ministers, Intelligence and Domestic Anti-Communism, 1945-51', Journal of Intelligence History, 12(2), pp.113-133. (link)


Other Journal Articles

Lomas, D 2018, 'The drugs don't work: intelligence, torture and the London Cage, 1940-1948', Intelligence and National Security , 33(6), pp.918-929. (link)


Book Sections

Lomas, D 2020 'Homosexuality and Security in the British Foreign Office: An Outline History, 1945-1991 ', in: Into the Wilderness of Mirrors: The Five Eyes and Counter Intelligence in the Cold War , University of Toronto Press, Toronto , Canada .

Lomas, D 2013 'A Tale of Torture? Alexander Scotland, The London Cage, and Post-War British Secrecy', in: Moran, C & Murphy, C (eds.), Intelligence Studies in Britain and the US: Historiography Since 1945 , Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh , United Kingdom, pp.251-262.


Magazine Articles


Lomas, D 2019 'Beyond Bletchley: GCHQ and British Intelligence', in: History Today, 69(11), November 2019. (link)


Lomas, D 2019 'UK ambassador leaks: Donald Trump’s reaction to Kim Darroch’s criticism reeks of double standards', in: The Conversation, July 2019.


Lomas, D & Murphy, C 2019 'Rory Stewart: spies have a long history of becoming politicians', in: The Conversation, June 2019.


Lomas, D 2018 'Don’t believe the hype about post-Brexit security threats ¿ on either side', in: The Conversation, November 2018.


Lomas, D 2018 'Skripal case: a sense of déjà vu that poses problems for Britain', in: The Conversation, September 2018.


Lomas, D 2018 'Not-So-Secret Operation: Iran, Britain and Operation BOOT', in: History Today, History Matters, 68(8), August 2018, pp.14-16.


Lomas, D 2018 'Donald Trump’s fight with his own intelligence services will only get worse', in: The Conversation, July 2018.


Lomas, D 2018 'Britain, MI6 and the Belhaj case: the outstanding questions', in: The Conversation, May 2018.


Lomas, D 2018 'Sergei Skripal and the long history of assassination attempts abroad ', in: The Conversation, March 2018.


Lomas, D 2018 'Was Jeremy Corbyn a Communist spy? The evidence says no', in: The Conversation, February 2018.


Lomas, D 2018 'The most vulnerable targets: Why the Soviet Union loved both Labour and Tory MPs', in: The New Statesman, February 2018.


Lomas, D 2018 'British government's new anti-fake news unit has been tried before and it got out of hand', in: The Conversation, January 2018.


Lomas, D 2018 'The missing papers at the National Archives may not be a grand conspiracy after all', in: The Conversation, January 2018.


Lomas, D 2017 'The Manchester bombing: unknown unknowns and hindsight bias', in: The Conversation, December 2017.


Lomas, D 2017 'Cold War Clem', in: History Today, History Matters, 67(9), September 2017.


Lomas, D 2017 'London Bridge attack: why the terror threat level was downgraded ', in: The Conversation, June 2017.


Lomas, D 2017 'Manchester attack: a sophisticated operation that increases pressure on security services ', in: The Conversation, May 2017.

Lomas, D 2017 'Manchester : une opération sophistiquée qui met sous pression le gouvernement ', in: The Conversation , May 2017.


Lomas, D 2017 'Comey sacking won’t stop intelligence leaks or prevent an investigation ', in: The Conversation, May 2017.


Lomas, D 2017 'Why it’s unfair to single out Jeremy Corbyn over MI5 surveillance ', in: The Conversation, May 2017.


Lomas, D 2017 'Cold War II? What history can tell us about the present ', in: The Conversation, April 2017.


Lomas, D 2017 'Trump versus the intelligence agencies - we've seen it all before', in: The Conversation, March 2017.


Lomas, D 2017 ''Whether or not Trump claims are true, Russia is still using sex for spying'', in: The Conversation, January 2017.


Lomas, D 2017 ''Clement Attlee: Cold War records reveal new side to popular prime minister'', in: The Conversation, January 2017.


Lomas, D 2016 'Alan Turing was one of many persecuted by Whitehall for their sexuality', in: The Conversation , April 2016.


Lomas, D & Murphy, C 2015 'Revealed: the panic that followed the defection of the Cambridge spies', in: The Conversation, October 2015.


Newspaper Articles

Parveen, N & Lomas, D 2018, 'MI5 believed black people posed security risk, papers reveal ', in: The Guardian, 15/10/2018.


Lomas, D 2018, 'Intelligence Liaison and Torture: Catch-22 for Britain¿s Spies?', in: The Globe Post, 18/07/2018.



Lomas, D 2019, Integrity Initiative: where now for the UK's anti-fake news drive?, (Blog), International Affairs Blog, N/A, UK.


Lomas, D 2018, Intelligence, Attlee and the Brook Report, (Blog), London, UK.


Lomas, D 2018, 'Lost files, history thieves and contemporary British history', (Blog), History & Policy, London, UK.


Lomas, D 2017, GCHQ - A new authorised history, (Blog), History & Policy, London, UK.




Lomas, D 2019, 'Review: Before intelligence failed: British secret intelligence on chemical and biological weapons in the Soviet Union, South Africa and Libya', in: International Affairs, Oxford University Press, Oxford , UK, pp.946-948.


Lomas, D 2019, 'Review: Principled spying: the ethics of secret intelligence', in: International Affairs, Oxford University Press, Oxford , UK, pp.720-721.


Lomas, D 2019, 'Book Review: Stalin¿s Englishman: the lives of Guy Burgess by Andrew Lownie', in: Journal of Intelligence History, Taylor & Francis, London, UK, pp.269-270.


Lomas, D 2019, 'The Zinoviev letter: The Zinoviev letter: the conspiracy that never dies', in: International Affairs, Oxford University Press, Oxford , UK, pp.201-206.


Lomas, D 2017, 'Review: Secret Files from World War to Cold War: British Government and Secret Intelligence and Foreign Policy files', in: Review of Secret Files from World War to Cold War: British Government and Secret Intelligence and Foreign Policy files, (review no. 2209), Reviews in History , London, UK.


Lomas, D 2015, 'Open source intelligence in a networked world, by Anthony Olcott, New York, Continuum, 2012', in: Journal of Intelligence History, Taylor & Francis , Abingdon, UK, pp.76-77.


Lomas, D 2015, 'The Official History of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Volume 1: From the Approach of the Second World War to the Suez Crisis, by Michael S. Goodman', in: Journal of Intelligence History, Taylor & Francis , Abingdon, United Kingdom.