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School of Arts and Media

Dr Samantha Newbery

Programme Leader, MA Terrorism and Security (Distance Learning)


I joined the University of Salford as Lecturer in Contemporary Intelligence Studies in January 2010, shortly after submitting my PhD at Trinity College Dublin.  During my time at Salford I have worked as School Exchange (study abroad) Officer, Admissions Tutor for History, School Lead for the Middle East, Programme Developer and Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) International Politics and Security and Programme Leader for all four MA programmes in intelligence studies and terrorism studies.  I am currently School Lead for International Recruitment, Chair of Research Ethics for the School of Arts and Media, and Programme Leader for the MA/PGDip Terrorism and Security (Distance Learning).


I teach across modules from first year undergraduate to Masters level, on all of the Politics and Contemporary History Subject Group’s programmes.  My teaching covers intelligence studies, terrorism studies, security and counter-insurgency.

Research Interests

My 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


2010, PhD History, Trinity College Dublin.

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

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

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



European Consortium for Political Research, including specialist groups on Human Rights and Transitional Justice, and Political Violence;

Oxford Intelligence Group;

Political Studies Association, including specialist groups in Security and Intelligence, and Irish Politics;

Society for Evidence Based Policing Study Group on Intelligence;

University of Salford Criminal Justice Hub;

Women in Defence (UK);

Women’s Security Society.


Samantha Newbery and Ali Dehghantanha, ‘A torture free cyber space: A human right’, Computer Fraud and Security, November 2017.

‘Ireland v United Kingdom: The European Court of Human Rights and international relations, 1971–1978’, European Human Rights Law Review, 3, 2017, pp.272-84.

Samantha Newbery, ‘Methods for researching interrogation and torture’, Intelligence and National Security, 32/5, Aug. 2017, pp.675-6.

Samantha Newbery, ‘The UK, interrogation and Iraq, 2003-8’, Small Wars and Insurgencies, 27/4, Aug. 2016, pp.659-80.

In Mark Phythian (ed.), ‘An INS special forum: The US Senate Select Committee Report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program’, Intelligence and National Security, 31/1, Jan. 2016, pp.8-27.

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

Brian T.W. Stewart & Samantha Newbery, Why Spy? The Art of Intelligence, Hurst, London, 2015. 

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

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

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

Samantha Newbery, ‘Intelligence and controversial British interrogation techniques: The Northern Ireland case, 1971-2’, Irish Studies in International Affairs, 20, Nov. 2009, pp.103-119.

Samantha Newbery, Bob Brecher, Philippe Sands & Brian Stewart, ‘Interrogation, intelligence and the issue of human rights’, Intelligence and National Security, 24(5), Oct. 2009, pp.631-43.