Richard Dunley

History Discipline Coordinator - Lecturer in History
Senior Lecturer

Dr Richard Dunley is a Senior Lecturer in history in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), UNSW Canberra. 

Research Interests

  • British naval & strategic policy c.1856-1920
  • British diplomatic history c.1856-1920
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Development of military technology
  • Archives & record keeping


Dunley R, 2018, Britain and the Mine, 1900–1915 Culture, Strategy and International Law, Springer
Book Chapters
Dunley RE, 2014, '‘“The Most Resistless and Revolutionary Weapon of Naval Warfare that has Ever Been Introduced”: The Royal Navy and the Whitehead Torpedo 1870-1890’', in A Military Transformed? Adaption and Innovation in the British Military, 1792-1945, Helion & Company Limited
Journal articles
Dunley R, 2021, 'Rebuilding the Mills of Sea Power: Interwar British Planning for Economic Warfare against Japan', The International History Review, pp. 1 - 17,
Dunley R; Pugh J, 2021, 'Do Archive Catalogues Make History?: Exploring Interactions between Historians and Archives', Twentieth Century British History, vol. 32, pp. 581 - 607,
Dunley R, 2020, 'The Archive of the Edwardian Foreign Office: The Archaeology of a Collection and Its Use', Diplomacy & Statecraft, vol. 31, pp. 429 - 449,
Dunley R, 2019, 'Anti-Submarine Warfare in the Pre-First World War Royal Navy: A Cultural Failure?', War in History,
Dunley R, 2017, 'Invasion, raids and army reform: the political context of ‘flotilla defence’, 1903-5', Historical Research, vol. 90, pp. 613 - 635,
Dunley RE, 2016, 'Technology and Tradition: Mine Warfare and the Royal Navy’s Strategy of Coastal Assault 1870-1890', Journal of Military History, vol. 80, pp. 389 - 409
Dunley RE, 2015, '"Not intended to act as spies”: The Consular Intelligence Service in Denmark and Germany 1906-1914', International History Review, vol. 37, pp. 481 - 502,
Dunley R, 2015, '‘The warrior has always shewed himself greater than his weapons’: the Royal Navy’s interpretation of the Russo-Japanese War 1904–5', War & Society, vol. 34, pp. 248 - 262,
Dunley R, 2015, 'Sir John Fisher and the Policy of Strategic Deterrence, 1904–1908', War in History, vol. 22, pp. 155 - 173,
Organisational units
lensSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences
Sub Theme
lensMaritime Security
lensConflict & Society