I joined the University of Salford as Lecturer in Contemporary Intelligence Studies in January 2010, shortly after submitting my PhD at Trinity College Dublin.  In 2019 I became Reader in International Security. 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.


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



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.  Published in paperback in 2020.

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.


Dr Samantha Newbery
Reader in International Security
University of Salford

Dr Samantha Newbery is Reader in International Security at the University of Salford, Manchester, where she leads the MA in Terrorism and Security (part-time distance learning) and serves as International Lead for Journalism, Politics and Contemporary History.  She holds a PhD from the Department of History at Trinity College Dublin, and a Masters and a Bachelors from the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Dr Newbery’s research focuses on ethical issues raised by intelligence practices in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency contexts.  Her 2015 book, Interrogation, Intelligence and Security: Controversial British Techniques asks how controversial interrogation techniques came to be used by British security forces in the then-colony of Aden (1963-7), Northern Ireland (1971) and Iraq (2003), as well as identifying the results of the use of these techniques.  Dr Newbery’s current research examines the security forces’ use of terrorist informers in Northern Ireland during the 1970s and 1980s.

Dr Newbery has presented her research at international conferences, including the International Studies Association and the Political Studies Association of Ireland annual conferences.  She has also spoken by invitation at Oxford University and at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

Why Spy? The Art of Intelligence (Hurst, 2015) was co-authored with Brian Stewart CMG, a former Deputy Chief of the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).  The book launch was celebrated in the House of Commons in June 2015 and published in paperback in 2020.

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