I joined Sussex in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer and Journalism Lead. I'm also an investigative journalist and research academic.


Successful research grants:
Co-Investigator on the ESRC £30,000 seminar series Data-PSST! This post-Snowden project explored, from multi-disciplinary/end user perspectives, how different aspects of transparency (whether voluntarily entered into, or state/commercially/peer-imposed) affect questions of privacy, security, surveillance and trust. Seminars take place 2014-16.

Initiator and Co-Investigator on TSB funded "Interactive Social Experience Engine (iSEE) for History and Heritage - A Dorset Prehistoric Feasibility Study" a partnership project between Brunel University and Dorset County Museum. Principal Investigator: Dr David Bell, Co-Investigators: Dr Alan Serrano and Paul Lashmar Value £55,000. This six month project was completed on 31st August 2014.

Consultancy: Political-intelligence Elites: Towards Better Public Accountability through a Co-created Benchmark for Civil Society to enable PI Vian Bakir (Bangor University) to better deliver impact activities on that project. From October 2016.

PhD:Investigating the ‘Empire of Secrecy’ — three decades of reporting on the Secret State. Brunel University. Awarded July 2015. The relationship between the Intelligence services and  the media is Paul's core research interest.

Prior to Sussex, I was at Brunel University.


As a well regarded investigative journalist I have worked in television, radio, online and print. I've been on the staff of The Observer, Granada Television’s World in Action current affairs series and The Independent. Over the years I've alsoproduced a number of TV programmes for BBC’s Timewatch, Channel 4’s Dispatches series and he reported for Newsnight. I covered the ‘War on Terror’ for the Independent on Sunday from 2001-2007. I've authored or co-authored four books. The text book on multimedia journalism "Online Journalism" was co-authored with Steve Hill (Sage 2014).

I was awarded ‘Reporter of The Year’ (with David Leigh) at the British Press Awards. In In my career I've has written about terrorism, intelligence, organised crime, offshore crime, business fraud and the Cold War and I've broken many major domestic and international stories.

I'm an adviser to the Centre for Investigative Journalism and a founder of the Bureau for Investigative Journalism.


Dr. Paul Lashmar is Journalism Lead and is a Senior Lecturer

Community and Business


Royal Television Society Awards 2015. On panel for International Current Affairs Documentary. Jan 2016.


Since July 2011 I've been the Hon. Editor of the Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society (DNHAS), an annual semi-scholarly publication that has been published since 1874. Volume 137 was published in November 2016. The Editor is part of the Dorset Archaeological Committee with responsibility for publishing research on the County's archaeology. Dorset has the greatest wealth of prehistoric archaeology in UK aside from The Orkneys.

I was guest editor for the Ethical Space journal on ethical issues on the intelligence agency and media interface in the light of Edward Snowden's revelations. Vol 12. No 3 2015


Historical adviser and essayist in Bizony, P. The Strangelove Files or Why we should start worrying and fear the bomb. This book features unique access to the Kubrick archives and the Sony film archives. Cologne: Taschen.(Forthcoming)

Consultant and interviewee. Channel 5 documentary Britain's Biggest Bank Robbery. One hour. Broadcast 23 November 2015. Repeat March 2016.

Consultant to Cold War, Hot Jets. BBC TV series. Broadcast Nov 2013. Can be seen here.

Consultant to Film Producer Chris Morris for his feature Film Four Lions released in summer 2010.



Ian McEwan novel “Sweet Tooth” Jonathan Cape (2012) cites and acknowledges Lashmar, P. and Oliver, J. 1998. “Britain’s Secret Propaganda War” Sutton, as a primary source.