The Society for Terrorism Research and
School of Law, Liverpool John Moores University announce:

Trauma, Cohesion and Security: Ongoing and Emerging Themes on Political Violence and Terrorism

Society for Terrorism Research

12th Annual International Conference

Thursday 6th – Friday 7th September 2018

Liverpool John Moores University,
Liverpool, UK

Keynote Speaker:

Neil Ferguson is Professor of Political Psychology at Liverpool Hope University and a Visiting Research Fellow to the Changing Character of War Programme at Pembroke College, Oxford. His research has focused on political conflict and its psychological implications since he studied towards his PhD at the University of Ulster. He previously served as the Director of the Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies, a Research Fellow at University of St Andrews, and lectured at the University of Ulster. Professor Ferguson is currently a member of the Governing Council for the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP). He also serves on the editorial committees of the Journal of Moral Education, Journal of Deradicalization and the Journal of Social and Political Psychology, and is a trustee of the Journal of Moral Education Trust. His current research focuses on processes of engagement, involvement and disengagement from politically motivated violence focusing on paramilitary groups based in Northern Ireland. He has published in both psychological and politics journals, edited and contributed to a number of edited volumes and offered critical advice to various governments, security agencies and NGOs on issues around radicalization, terrorism, counter-terrorism and conflict transformation.

Keynote Speaker:

Jo Dover has worked in the field of conflict resolution, resilience and support for people affected by conflict, war and terrorism for over 20 years.  She is the Director of Jo Dover Consulting, delivering training and consultancy services in Resilience, Mental Health, and Major Incident Response. She has worked with people affected by political violence since 2001, including former armed forces personnel, and civilians who have been bereaved, injured by and witnessed acts of terrorism and other conflicts.

The range of incidents include 9/11, Madrid, Sousse, Manchester, Brussels, Boston, the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’, the 7/7 London bombings, Rwanda, military campaigns such as Iraq and Afghanistan and many others.  Jo is an Advisory Board Member for a US based non-profit organisation, Strength to Strength, working to support and connect victims of terrorism across the world and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Royal Marines Support Network.   

Jo was the creator of and the secretary to the National Critical Incident Response Advisory Group (CIRAG), and is Vice Chair of the Emergency Planning Society’s National Human Aspects in Emergencies Group.  Jo has provided training to many different organisations in the Emergency Planning, Resilience and Humanitarian Assistance sector.   She has recently been appointed as a Fellow of the Institute of Welfare. 

In 2014, the University of Liverpool made Jo an Honorary Research Associate in the Sociology and Criminology Department in recognition of her work.


The Society for Terrorism Research and School of Law, LJMU announce the Call for Papers for the 2018 12th Annual International Conference – Trauma, Cohesion and Security: Ongoing and Emerging Themes on Political Violence and Terrorism Proposals for paper presentations, symposia, and other formal sessions will be considered for inclusion in the programme if they are received by Friday 16th March, 2018.

This call is open to academics and practitioners alike. In addition to our goal of show-casing the best examples of new research, our theme this year offers an opportunity for those who conduct research on terrorism and political violence, and those who are tasked with responding to it, to meet and exchange ideas in a constructive and friendly setting.


  • Papers, Symposia, and Round-Table Proposals: 16th March, 2018
  • Notifications of Acceptance: 1st May, 2018
  • Early Bird Conference Payment: 6th July, 2018
  • Student Paper Contest Submission: 20th July, 2018

All submissions and enquires should be sent via email to Conference Organising Committee: Dr Donna Halliday (LJMU) and Dr Lyndsey Harris (STR) at

Proposed Themes:

  • Critical perspectives on contemporary terrorism
  • Terrorism and prisons
  • Counter-terrorism in theory and practice
  • Emerging threats
  • Understanding involvement in / disengagement from
  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Reintegration of extremists and terrorists
  • Terrorist attacks in Europe (UK, France)
  • (Social/Political) Psychology of terrorism
  • Right-wing extremism & terrorism
  • Teaching and Training about Terrorism/Political
  • Role differentiation within terrorist groups
  • War and Conflict
  • Terrorist (tactical) innovation
  • Memory, Trauma and Resilience
  • Cyber terrorism
  • Victims and Terrorism/Political Violence
  • Lone actor extremists

Society for Terrorism Research 12th Annual International Conference Objectives:

  • Highlight ongoing and emerging academic research on Political Violence/Aggression, Terrorism, and Counter Terrorism
  • Promote collaboration and the exchange of ideas between academia, security and counter-terrorism practitioners and policy makers
  • Explore new ways of translating the results of research on terrorism and political violence for multiple audiences, agencies and communities


Please submit your proposal in MS word format as an attachment to an email, addressed to Dr Donna Halliday at Use the subject line: ‘STR 2018 Conference Proposal’. Please note that we must be able to manipulate the document to create the conference programme. All proposals must include (where applicable):

  • Title and Abstract (Abstract Limit – 500 words)
  • Author/Presenter Name (s) and Title(s)
  • Affiliation
  • Mailing Address (es)
  • Email Address(es)
  • Telephone
  • Fax
  • Website URL

Biographical information and the abstract provided will be published in the conference programme, unless requested otherwise.

Special instructions for Symposia Submit symposium abstract identifying the moderator, with the name of each presenter, and topic of each presentation. Each symposium participant will email their contribution’s abstract, identifying in which symposium they will present.

Round Table Discussions:

The organising committee plans to facilitate smaller round-table discussions during the conference. Please send your suggestions for these discussions to the organising committee at

Student Paper Competition:

The organising committee wishes to promote the work of graduate students throughout the world, in all disciplines, in the field of terrorism and political violence research. Towards this goal, all paper presentations submitted by graduate students will be eligible for the honour of Best Student Paper. The winner of the Best Student Paper will have their written paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Behavioural Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. The recipient of this award will be decided by a committee comprising STR Governing Board members, editors of the Journal, and selected terrorism research experts.

The author(s) must initially submit an abstract on the general submission date 16th March, 2018. At the time of abstract submission they must indicate that they wish for their paper to be considered for the Student Paper Contest. It is only after their abstract has been accepted that competition entrants should send a full paper to the conference organisers. All those papers eligible for consideration must be submitted by 20th July, 2018. This paper must comply with the author guidelines for the journal. These guidelines can be found on the journal’s website.


The primary author’s presentation of the paper at the Conference in Liverpool, UK, 6-7 September, 2018 is required.


The primary author is a current graduate student (students who have already obtained their undergraduate degree) studying/training through a college/university,

OR The primary author has successfully completed his/her graduate studies/training since 1 January 2018

This information is included in the downloadable 12th Annual International STR Conference – Call for Papers and Student Competition document (PDF)

Conference Registration Information

Register Online for the 2018 STR International Conference*

All registration information including how to register online will be available on the website from mid February 2018

The Earlybird Rate is £235 until 18:00 GMT July 6, 2018, after this date/time the conference fee (Standard) is £285, these rates include lunch, tea/coffee, wine reception and membership of STR for 2018. There is a separate postgraduate rate of £150 which include lunch, tea/coffee, and wine reception.

*By registering for the STR Conference the participant agrees to be bound by and comply with the 2018 STR Conference Terms and Conditions