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Benbow, Dr Tim

Reader in Strategic Studies


Dr Tim Benbow

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Telephone: +44 (0) 1793 788027

Research Interests
  • Maritime Strategy
  • The Royal Navy in the 20th Century
  • Naval warfare, World War II onwards
  • The 'Revolution in Military Affairs' and Future Warfare
  • British strategy and defence policy
  • Military innovation

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.

Dr Benbow 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.

Dr Benbow is Maritime Historian on the Higher Command and Staff Course; Deputy Director of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies; and Director of the Strategy and Defence Policy Research Centre. 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.

For details on Dr Benbow's recent publications and research outputs, please click here.


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


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