The Society for Terrorism Research and
Coventry University announce:

Current Themes in the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence

4th Postgraduate Conference

6 September 2019

Coventry University, Coventry


Keynote Speaker

Professor Mike Hardy CMG OBE FRSA

Professor Mike Hardy CMG OBE FRSA joined Coventry University in 2011 to lead and transform the University’s work in social and community cohesion. He has, most recently, taken strategic responsibility for Coventry University’s work in Human Security and now leads the new University Research Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. Mike’s work focuses on human security and specifically living with difference and with inter- and intra-community relations

His particular current interest is in intercultural and interfaith dialogue, social cohesion, and the consequences for domestic communities of state foreign policies. From 1995-2011, Mike was a senior leader with the British Council responsible for the Council’s global programme for interfaith and intercultural dialogue, youth engagement and global strategic partnerships. He was a member of HMG’s Overseas PREVENT. Between 2007-2010, Mike led the British Council’s ‘Our Shared Europe’ Programme, exploring and communicating the role of Muslims in Europe and the relationship between faith identities and citizenship. He developed this further in 2011 with an extension to North America with the ‘Transatlantic Bridge’ project. From 2012-2014, he was co-director of the European Commission’s ‘Support to the Promotion of the Amman Message in Europe’ project in partnership with the Jordanian Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies, hosting and moderating colloquia of faith leaders, academics and community participant in five European Cities.

Mike’s current practical portfolio includes work as strategy adviser with the United Nations, and with the Governments of Azerbaijan and Jordan on intercultural dialogue and interfaith action: he is senior expert adviser to the Baku Process – a global dialogue forum held biannually for representatives of more than 100 countries. He advises multi-level stakeholders on anticipating and working with tensions in highly challenged community contexts. He has active links in ASEAN countries drawing on European experience of shared security. Mike was awarded the OBE in 2001 for his work in the Middle East, and was appointed as Companion of Honour of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours June 2010 for his work internationally in Intercultural Dialogue. He is a trustee of one of the leading interfaith organisations in the UK, Three Faiths Forum, and a life fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.      


Call for Papers

We invite submissions for papers from postgraduate students on all areas of terrorism and political violence research.  Submissions should include a paper title and abstract (max. 500 words), full name(s) and current position by 31 May, 2019. Please submit proposals electronically to

Papers are invited for themes including but not exclusive to:

Conceptual Debates in Terrorism Research • Psychology of Terrorism • Terrorism and Organized Crime • Lone Actor Terrorism • Terrorist Learning • Cyber Terrorism • Terrorism and Prisons • Counter-Terrorism Legislation • Emerging Threats • State Responses to Terrorism • Terrorism and Warfare • Terrorism and Identity • Children and Terrorism • Gender and Terrorism • Dealing with Political Violence • The Legacy of Political Violence

If you wish to organise a conference panel please email the conference organisers regarding the theme and panellists’ names. All panellists should submit individual abstracts before the deadline.

Call For Papers STR CTPSR PG Conference


All proposals should include (where applicable):

  • Author/Presenter Name(s)
  • Title(s)
  • Mailing Address(es)
  • Email Address(es)
  • Abstract and Title (Abstract Limit – 500 words)
  • Biographical information (max 150 words)

Biographical information and the abstract provided will be published in the conference programme and may be published as part of conference proceedings in the STR’s journal Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression unless requested otherwise.

Cost and Travel

The cost of the conference will be £45, which will cover all refreshments and give postgraduates one year’s membership in the Society for Terrorism Research for 2019. However, travel and accommodation, if required, are at the attendees’ own expense. A list of local accommodation and advice on travel will be made available upon request.


Important Deadlines

Paper and Panel Proposals: 31 May 2019

Notification of Acceptance: 7 June 2019

Conference Payment Deadline (please note we are unable to take cash payments on the day): 30 August 2019


All queries and submissions should be sent to Dr David McIlhatton (


Conference Payment: PayPal*
STR 2019 Post Graduate Conference