Peter Gill

Honorary Visiting Fellow


Peter Gill, a native of London, has spent most of his career in Liverpool where he worked at the (then) Polytechnic from 1974.  From 1983-86 he was Research and Information Officer for the Merseyside Police Authority before returning to the Polytechnic. He left Liverpool John Moores University in 2007 where he had become Professor of Politics and Security. From 2007-2009 he was Research Professor in Intelligence Studies at the University of Salford. In 2010 he was awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship and from 2009-16 was an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool. Since 2002, in addition to teaching and research, he has been regularly involved as a consultant regarding the democratisation of intelligence, particularly in South East Europe.

He is the author of:

  • Policing Politics: security intelligence and the liberal democratic state, London, Frank Cass, 1994. Rounding up the Usual Suspects?
  • Developments in contemporary law enforcement intelligence, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2000.
  • Intelligence Governance and Democratisation: a comparative analysis of the limits of reform, London: Routledge, 2016.


He co-authored:

  • Introduction to Politics, Oxford, Martin Robertson, 1982, 3rd edition, Blackwell, 1993. In 2003 a Chinese language version was published by Social Sciences Documentation Publishing House, Beijing.
  • Intelligence in an Insecure World, Cambridge, Polity, 2006; 2nd edition 2012. He co-edited: Democracy, Law and Security, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2003.
  • Transnational Organised Crime: perspectives on global security, London, Routledge, 2003.
  • PSI Handbook of Security and Intelligence: National Approaches, two volumes, Westport, CT., PSI International, 2008.
  • Intelligence Theory: Key Questions and Debates, London, Routledge, 2009.
  • Democratising Intelligence, London: Routledge, 2015


Recent submissions to official bodies:

  • Evidence submitted to House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, Human Rights Annual Report 2008, 7th report of Session 2008-09.
  • Ministry of Justice on Green Paper, Justice and Security, 2012
  • Intelligence and Security Committee, Inquiry into Privacy and Security, February. Evidence given to ISC October 2014.
  • David Anderson QC, Investigatory Powers Review, October, 2014


He has also written over 50 journal articles and book chapters.

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