Dr Tim Benbow studied at Oxford as an undergraduate (at Brasenose College) and as a graduate (at St Antony's College). He also spent a year at Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar and a year at King's College London.
After being awarded his doctorate he remained at Oxford, conducting a post-doctoral research project and teaching International Relations and Strategic Studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including one year as a Tutor in Politics at University College.
Tim spent two years teaching at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, before joining the Defence Studies Department in 2004. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008, and to Reader in Strategic Studies in 2016.
Tim is Deputy Director of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies. He created the DSD PhD programme in 2011. In 2015 the Institute of Historical Research awarded him the Sir Julian S. Corbett Prize in Modern History.
- Naval Strategy and History (especially naval aviation and amphibious warfare) - Second World War and after
- UK strategy and defence policy
- Warfare since 1945
- Changing character of war and future warfare
His current research projects cover the role in naval and national strategy of battleships during and immediately after the Second World War; and the Royal Navy and the aircraft carrier question, 1945-1963.
- The contribution of Royal Navy aircraft carriers and the Fleet Air Arm to Operation ‘Overlord’, 1944, Benbow, T., 1 Apr 2019, In : War in History. 26, 2, p. 265-286
- The Royal Navy and Sea Power in British Strategy, 1945-55, Benbow, T., May 2018, In : HISTORICAL RESEARCH. 91, 252, p. 375-398
- The 'Operational Level' and Maritime Forces, Benbow, T. J., Nov 2015, In : RUSI Journal. 160, 5, p. 52-59
- The future of naval conflict and lessons from history, Benbow, T. J., 2016, Routledge Handbook of Naval Strategy and Security. Krause, J. & Bruns, S. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 27-43
- The capital ship, the Royal Navy and British strategy from the Second World War to the 1950s, Benbow, T. J., 2016, Strategy and the Sea: Essays in Honour of John B. Hattendorf . Rodger, N. A. M., Dancy, J. R., Darnell, B. & Wilson, E. (eds.). Woodbridge: Boydell Press, p. 169-78
MA Special Subject:
- Making Strategy: From Policy to the Use of Military Power
Dr Tim Benbow is happy to offer PhD supervision in the following subject areas:
- Naval history and strategy; Second World War and post-1945
- UK Strategy and defence policy; Second World War, post,-1945 and contemporary
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