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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 Defence Studies Department PhD programme in 2011. In 2015 the Institute of Historical Research awarded him the Sir Julian S Corbett Prize in Modern History.


Research Interests:

  • 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.






  • UK Military Strategy: The Maritime Pivot, Benbow, T.J., 2020, Military Strategy in the 21st Century: The Challenge for NATO.  Matlary J.H. & Johnson, R. (eds).  Hurst / Oxford University Press, pp.349-67 
  • 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


MA Special Subject:

  • Making Strategy: From Policy to the Use of Military Power


PhD Supervision:

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


Dr Tim Benbow PURE Profile