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Professor Philip Davies

Professor Philip Davies
Professor of Intelligence Studies

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Although born in England, I took my first two degrees in Canada then returned to pursue my PhD at Reading. After lecturing in Singapore, Reading and the University of Malaya I joined Brunel. On appointment here I co-founded the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies and developed the MA in Intelligence and Security Studies

In 2008 I took over as BCISS Director, in which capacity I expanded BCISS as a University Interdepartmental Research Centre to include academics drawn not only from Politics and History but Economics, Law and Electronic & Computer Engineering, as well as four research fellows with backgrounds in overhead reconnaissance operations, technology and history and naval intelligence. Between 2010-2011 I led the BCISS team that was contracted by the UK Ministry of Defence to help produce the current British military Intelligence Doctrine and a new doctrine on ‘understanding’ for operational commanders, and 2011-2012 headed BCISS participation in an EU-funded consortium on Competitive Intelligence in International Trade and Export (CITEX).

In 2012 I was approached by the EU Intelligence Centre (INTCEN) to develop a basic analytics training package for newly appointed analysts which ran annually until 2015. A similar package was developed for the British Army’s Intelligence Corps in 2013 and I am currently working with Dr. Gustafson and Mohamed Gaballa on a series of analytics courses to be delivered regularly to the Dubai police service. My most recent research has been focused on the comparative study of national intelligence systems and cultures, and on the development of defence intelligence in the UK and elsewhere.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Brunel 2006)
  • PhD Sociology (University of Reading, 1997)
  • MA Social and Political Thought (York University, Canada, 1987)
  • BA (Hons) Sociology (Trent University, Canada, 1984)

Newest selected publications

Davies, PHJ. and Gustafson, KCG. (2013) 'Intelligence Elsewhere: Spies and Espionage Outside the Anglosphere'. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press. ISSN 13: 978-1-58901-956-0


Davies, PHJ. (2012) 'Intelligence and Government in Britain and the United States: A Comparative Perspective'. Westport, Connecticut: ABC-Clio/Praeger. ISSN 13: 978-0-275-97572-2


Davies, PHJ. (2011) 'Twilight of Britain's Joint Intelligence Committee?'. International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, 24 (3). pp. 427 - 446. ISSN: 0885-0607 Open Access Link

Journal article

Davies, PHJ. (2010) 'Intelligence and the machinery of government: conceptualizing the intelligence community'. Public Policy and Administration, 25 (1). pp. 29 - 46. ISSN: 0952-0767 Open Access Link

Journal article

Davies, PHJ. (2010) 'Britain's machinery of intelligence accountability: realistic oversight in the absence of moral panic', in Baldino, D. (ed.) Democratic Oversight of Intelligence Services. Annandale, Australia : The Federation Press. pp. 133 - 160. ISBN 13: 9781862877412.

Book chapter
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