Dr. Davies is one of the UK's very few academic experts on intelligence, security and espionage. He wrote his doctorate on the evolution of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, also known as MI 6), and has published in a range of forums on intelligence issues and, more recently, the emerging field of information warfare and the so-called 'revolution in military affairs' (RMA). In 1984 he received his B.A. Hons. In Sociology from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, and in 1987 his MA in Social and Political Thought from York University, Toronto, also in Canada. In 1992 he returned to the UK to undertake his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Reading. He then spent nearly a year and a half teaching on the University of London External Degree programme in Singapore. In 1999, he returned to the University of Reading where he currently teaches the core theory course, Sociological Analysis, the Sociology of Organisations, and for the Graduate School of European and International Relations the MA course in Terrorism and Security.
In 1994, Dr. Davies was one of the founding members of the Security and Intelligence Studies Group of the UK Political Studies Association, and subsequently serviced for three years on its executive prior to relocating to Singapore. During his term in Singapore, he acted as an Editorial Consultant on the regional defence and security periodical Asian Defence and Diplomacy.
From the very beginning, Dr. Davies' academic interests focused around strategic studies on one hand and social theory on the other. In his undergraduate studies, his original degree programme was jointly in Politics and Sociology, although he took his Honours qualification in Sociology. Throughout that early study, he focused extensively on international relations and Cold War nuclear and political strategy. It is out of this that he developed an interest in the work of national intelligence and security services, and although it proved difficult to find an institutional context in which to make an institutional and developmental study of intelligence and espionage because the field is so specialised and academics working the area extremely rare. He eventually secured the opportunity to do so at Reading under Dr. Ken Robertson. Dr. Davies' work is distinctive within the British literature on intelligence in that while most British scholars of the field are primarily historians, Dr. Davies' approaches the subject in terms of political sociology and political science.
In 1996, Dr. Davies published a survey of the available literature on intelligence, The British Secret Services (Oxford, ABC/Clio, Transaction Books, Rutgers; 1996), and is presently working on converting the central narrative of his doctoral thesis into a book. Besides a range of scholarly articles and works on defence journalism, Dr. Davies is currently engaged in writing three further books: They Come Not Single Spies, an examination of post-Cold War intelligence policy and requirements; Force, Fraud and Trade, a study of the relationship between Continental and Ango-American social thought, and finally, for Scarecrow Press, The Historical Dictionary of the Intelligence Services.
When not engaged in teaching or research, Dr. Davies is involved in the study and teaching of Indonesian martial arts in the very rare Central Javanese system of Kuntao Matjan (tiger-style kuntao).