Senior Lecturer in Journalism, City, University of London

Deputy Head of the Department of Journalism. I joined City in September 2017 as a Senior Lecturer. I'm also an investigative journalist and research academic.

Recent media: Presenter/Reporter for al-Jazeera International’s People and Power current affairs series programme Who Paid for Brexit? examining the irregularities, manipulation and non-UK interventions in the Brexit referendum. Broadcast the week from 12th December 2018

* Mass Surveillance - consequences of state eavesdropping and the loss of privacy, as highlighted by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden
* Reporting and investigating the security state - how intelligence agencies operate, how they influence the state and how the news media cover intelligence
* Organised Crime – especially the historic operation of Italian Crime Groups in UK

I am interested in taking on PhD student interests in the subject areas above. But open to interesting research proposals.

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.

ESRC Impact Acceleration grant administered by Bangor University: Intelligence Elites and Public Accountability. Investigates how civil society (the press/NGOs) can better hold political-intelligence elites publically to account. Value £6010. PI Prof Vian Bakir (Bangor) CI Paul Lashmar (Cuty), CI Sarah Kavanagh (NUJ).

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 - November 2017.

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 a core research interest.

Prior to City, I was at the University of Sussex,

As a well-regarded investigative journalist I've 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 Independent Newspapers. Over the years I've also produced a number of TV programmes for BBC’s Timewatch, Channel 4’s Dispatches series and briefly reported for Newsnight. I covered the so-called ‘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 2013).

I was awarded ‘Reporter of The Year’ (with David Leigh) at the British Press Awards. During 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.

Community and Business

From July 2011- Dec 2018 I was 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 139 was published in December 2018. 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.

Historical adviser and essayist in Bizony, P. (Forthcoming) 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 .

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.

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.

PHD, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, United Kingdom, 2012 – 2015
PDAP (PGSHE Equivalent), Brunel University London, Uxbridge, United Kingdom, Jul 2011
Deputy Head of Department of Journalism, City, University of London, May 2018 – present
Head of Journalism, University of Sussex, Oct 2015 – Sep 2017
Head of Journalism, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, Jul 2014 – Sep 2015
Lecturer, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, Sep 2009 – Jun 2014
Investigative Journalist, The Independent, Jun 1998 – May 2001
Visiting appointments
Re-approval panel for BA Journalism at (a partnership with London Met), CESINE University, Santander, Spain, Sep 2015
External adviser Carried out baseline assessment of provision of investigative journalism in Malawi, Malawi Institute of Journalism, Apr 2014 – present
External to BA Journalism course (and in part MA Journalism), University of Winchester, Jul 2013 – Jul 2017
External Examiner for MA Journalism, London College of Communication, Sep 2010 – Sep 2014
External Academic Adviser to proposed MA course. One day visit, University of Central Lancashire, Jun 2010 – present
External Examiner for MA Journalism, Brunel University, Sep 2007 – Sep 2009
External assessor on the validation panel for BA Journalism(Hons), Kingston University., Jul 2003 – present
Research Fellow, University of Bedfordshire, 2008 – 2010
Iinvestigate the e-learning with special regard to the use of audio and video tools for the delivery of distance and blended pedagogy, University College Falmouth, 2008 – present

From July 2011 Paul has been Honorary Editor for the Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society (DNHAS). The Proceedings is an annual semi-scholarly publication that has been published since 1870s. The first volume (133) under Paul's editorship has been available since November 2012. For more details contact Dorset County Museum. The index and details of Proceedings can be found here.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Journalism, Brunel University London