Stuart Macdonald holds a Personal Chair in Legal Studies at Swansea University. His research interests lie in criminal law and counterterrorism, particularly cyberterrorism and terrorists’ use of the internet. He is a Co-Director of the University’s EPSRC-funded £7.6m CHERISH Digital Economy Centre and Director of the University’s multidisciplinary cyberterrorism research project. To date the Cyberterrorism Project has conducted a survey of the global research community, compiled a database of definitions of cyberterrorism, conducted a study of online terrorist magazines, compiled a database of news stories on cyberterrorism, hosted numerous events including a NATO Advanced Research Workshop and an international conference on terrorism and social media, and published four edited collections and six policy reports (see further www.cyberterrorism-project.org). In 2016/17 he was also the holder of a Fulbright Cyber Security Award.
Stuart has also completed projects on the construction and application of principles in counterterrorism policy, the notion that counterterrorism policy must balance security and liberty (funded by the British Academy) and Swansea’s approach to youth anti-social behaviour (funded by the Welsh Government). He has written a number of other articles on the regulation of anti-social behaviour, considering such issues as the use of ASBOs against young people, the definition of anti-social behaviour and the classification of the ASBO as a civil remedy.
Paige Pascarelli, a recent graduate student from Boston University in the US, won the Best Student Paper Prize at the Society for Terrorism Research’s 11th Annual International Conference held in New York for her paper, “Identities ‘Betwixt and between’: analyzing Belgian representation in ‘homegrown’ extremism.”
The Best Student Paper Prize promotes the work of postgraduate students throughout the world, in all disciplines, in the field of terrorism research. Paige’s paper will be published in STR’s peer reviewed journal Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression in 2018.
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.
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.
STR is pleased to announce details of its 3rd Annual Postgraduate Conference 2018, Future Trends in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism. This year’s Postgraduate Conference will be held on 8th of June in Swansea (UK) and hosted by Swansea University.
For the Call for Papers, please visit the Postgraduate Conference 2018 page.
STR is pleased to announce details of its 12th Annual International Conference 2018, Trauma, Cohesion and Security: Ongoing and Emerging Themes on Political Violence and Terrorism. This year’s International Conference will be held on 6 and 7 September in Liverpool (UK) and hosted by Liverpool John Moores University.
The Keynote speakers will be Neil Ferguson and Jo Dover. Neil 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. 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.
For the Call for Papers, please visit the International Conference 2018 page.
Bruce Hoffman, a tenured professor in Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he directs security studies, will be a Keynote Speaker at this year’s STR International Conference. He has been studying terrorism and insurgency for over four decades. Hoffman is also visiting Professor of Terrorism Studies at St Andrews University, Scotland. He previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation.
Hoffman was appointed by the U.S. Congress as a commissioner on the 9/11 Review Commission and has been Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency; adviser on counterterrorism, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq; and, adviser on counterinsurgency, Multi-National Forces-Iraq Headquarters, Baghdad, Iraq.
Hoffman’s books include The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat (2014); Anonymous Soldiers (2015); and, Inside Terrorism (3rd edition, 2017).
Pennsylvania State University Liberal Arts Research Professor of Political Science James Piazza, will be a Keynote Speaker at this year’s STR International Conference. Professor Piazza received his PhD from New York University in 1999. His research and teaching focus on terrorism, its causes and consequences.
He has authored over 30 publications on terrorism. His research tests theoretical and policy arguments about what prompts, shapes and results from terrorist attacks and activities using empirical analysis. His work has investigated a number of specific topics, including the economic, social and political roots of terrorism, the interplay between repression, human rights violations and terrorism, the relationship between state weakness and failure and terrorism, and natural resources and the narcotics trade and terrorism.
His current research examines how engagement in criminal activities affects terrorist group longevity, ethnic diaspora groups and terrorism and foreign military interventions and terrorism. At Penn State, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on terrorism and is helping to develop a new Counterterrorism option for the online Homeland Security Masters of Professional Studies program.
STR is pleased to announce its 11th Annual International Conference, Emerging Threats and Trends in Terrorism and Counterterrorism. This year’s 11th International Annual Conference will be held 14-15 August in New York and hosted by New York University.
For more information please see the STR International Annual Conference page.
STR is pleased to announce details of its first conference in 2017, Current Themes in the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. This year’s Postgraduate Conference will be held on 9 June in Belfast (Northern Ireland) and hosted by Ulster University.
Dr David Strachan-Morris (University of Leicester) an expert in intelligence and security will deliver the keynote address.
For the Call for Papers, please visit the STR 2017 Postgraduate Conference page.