Philip Davies (academic)

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Philip H J Davies is the Acting Director of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies.[1]

According to a Brunel University biographical note:

Dr. Davies is a political sociologist who specialises in the institutional development, management and coordination of national intelligence agencies. He is Course Director for the highly successful Brunel MA in Intelligence and Security Studies, and is Convenor of the Security and Intelligence Studies Group (SISG). SISG is a specialist group operating under the auspices of the UK Political Studies Association and the British International Studies Association. Between 2003 and 2007 he served as Deputy Director of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies.[2]

Research interests

Dr. Davies' work has focused chiefly on the UK's intelligence machinery, and on comparative analysis between the UK system and that in the United States (as well as elsewhere), and on the role of intelligence in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He is currently completing a major monograph that details his US-UK comparative work (forthcoming from Praeger), the research for which was funded by a 2004-2005 Leverhulme Research Fellowship. On completion of this his next major project will be study of the development of, and prospects for, imagery intelligence in the UK government. In support of his work on intelligence, Dr. Davies also has a research interest in theories of management as applied to intelligence institutions in particular and public management in general. A detailed discussion of Max Weber's concepts of bureaucracy and collegiality underlay his first major research monograph on the organisation of the UK's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6 and the Machinery of Spying. In concert with Professor Anthony Glees he has also published on issues concerning the oversight and control of intelligence agencies, including the book monograph The Open Side of Secrecy: Britain's Intelligence and Security Committee.
With Dr. Robert Dover at Loughborough, he is currently organising an ESRC-funded seminar series entitled 'Intelligence and Government in the 21st Century' to run over 2008-2009.[3]



The following are described as 'books' on the Brunel website, but actually numbers one and three are pamphlets (of 192 and 120 pages) published by a market fundamentalist think tank

  1. The Open Side of Secrecy Social Affairs Unit (September 2006; with Anthony Glees and John N.L. Morrison)
  2. MI6 and the Machinery of Spying (2004), Taylor & Francis
  3. Spinning the Spies: Intelligence, Open Government and the Hutton Inquiry (2004; with Anthony Glees)
  4. The British Secret Services (1996)

Journal Articles

  1. Intelligence, Iraq and the Limits of Legislative Oversight During Political Crisis. Intelligence and National Security 21:5; (October 2006), pp 848-883. (With Anthony Glees).
  2. Assessment Base: Simulating National Intelligence Analysis in a Graduate Teaching Programme. International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 19:4 (Winter 2006-2007), pp 721-736
  3. Spin Versus Substance: Intelligence Reform in Britain After Iraq. WeltTrends (Germany), 51 (Summer 2006), pp.25-35.
  4. Collection and Assessment on Iraq: a Critical Review of Britain's Spy Machinery. Studies in Intelligence 49:4 (50th Anniversary Edition; Fall 2005), pp 41-54.
  5. Intelligence Culture and Intelligence Failure in Britain and the United States. Cambridge Review of International Affairs 17: 3 (October 2004), pp 496-520.
  6. Intelligence and Foreign Relations. Pemikir (Malaysia) (January - March 2003), pp 23-62.
  7. Ideas of Intelligence: Divergent National Concepts and Institutions. Harvard International Review Fall, 14: 3 (Fall 2002), pp 62-66.
  8. Intelligence, Information Warfare and National Security. Annual Review of Information Science and Technology 36 (2002), pp. 313 - 352.
  9. Spies as Informants: Triangulation and Elite Interviewing in the Study of Intelligence and Security Agencies. Politics 21:1; (January 2001, pp 73 - 80.
  10. From Special Operations to Special Political Action. Intelligence and National Security 15:3 (Summer, 2000), pp. 55 - 80.
  11. MI 6's Requirements Directorate: Integrating Intelligence into the Machinery of British Central Government. Public Administration 78:1 (Winter 2000) pp. 29 - 49.


  1. [Research Team, Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, Brunel University, accessed 6 May 2009.
  2. Philip Davies, Brunel University, accessed 6 May 2009
  3. Philip Davies, Brunel University, accessed 6 May 2009