Professor in Politics and International Studies;
PhD in International Politics (Aberystwyth, 2012); MscEcon Political Theory (Cardiff, 2008); BA Politics and Philosophy (Cardiff, 2005)
Advice and feedback hours: by appointment only (email me).
I am currently leading a large study of counter-radicalisation practices in Europe, exploring how states (and municipalities) implement counter-terrorism through their social policies. For more information, please see our project website.
My research also focuses on:
- Terrorism Memorials and Collective Memory. The British International Studies Association filmed a roundtable discussion of the 'Curating Conflict' project here, and interviewed me about Spanish terrorism victims associations and commemoration here.
- UK Counter-Radicalisation Policy: In May 2020, I collaborated with MedAct on a report into psychiatric involvement in UK counter-terrorism policing, specifically focusing on the racialised metrics of suspicion implemented in the 'Vulnerability Support Hubs' project. Previously, I've studied the introduction of Prevent Duty safeguarding in the NHS which the Guardian covered here and here. The Institute of Race Relations have also covered my findings here.
- Counterterrorism in the UK & USA: Ted-X Warwick talk on 'The Motivations for Terrorism'
Single Authored Books
- (2016) Death and Security: Memory and Mortality at the Bombsite (Manchester University Press). Reviewed in Critical Studies on Security; response to reviewer comments available here.
- (2013) Politics of Violence: Militancy, International Politics, Killing in the Name (Abingdon: Routledge). Shortlisted for 2014 Susan Strange Book Prize, reviewed in Critical Studies on Terrorism journal here. The Ted talk I gave on this project can be viewed here.
- (2021) 'A Moral Education? British Values, Colour-Blindness, and Preventing Terrorism’, Critical Social Policy, online first. Co-authored by Christine Winter; Charlotte Heath-Kelly; Amna Kaleem & China Mills.
- (2020) Rituals of World Politics: On (Visual) Practices Disordering Things, Critical Studies on Security 8(3), pp.240-64. Co-authored by Tanja Aalberts; Xymena Kurowska; Anna Leander; Maria Mälksoo; Charlotte Heath-Kelly; Luisa Lobato; & Ted Svensson.
- (2020) The Political Use of Victimhood: Spanish Collective Memory of ETA through the War on Terror Paradigm, Review of International Studies, co-authored with Laura Fernandez de Mosteyrin (online first).
- (2020) Memory Loss: Post-Terrorist Sites in Norway, The Architectural Review, Issue 1467: https://www.architectural-review.com/places/europe/scandinavia/memory-loss-post-terrorist-sites-in-norway/10045911.article
- (2019) Designing the Pentagon Memorial: gendered statecraft, heroic victimhood and site authenticity in War on Terror commemoration, Critical Military Studies, 6(3-4), pp.269-86.
- (2019) 'Memory Wound: Architectural Controversies in Norway after the 22 July Attacks', Ethnologie Française 173(1), pp.119-29.
- (2019) 'The Banality of Counterterrorism 'After, After 9/11'? Perspectives on the Prevent Duty from the UK Healthcare Sector', Critical Studies on Terrorism 12(1), pp.89-109. Co-authored with Erzsébet Strausz.
- (2018) 'Survivor Trees and memorial groves: Vegetal commemoration of victims of terrorism in Europe and the United States', Political Geography 64, pp.63-72. Winner of the "2019 ISA Conference Post-PhD Paper Award", from the Theory Section of the International Studies Association.
- (2018) 'Forgetting ISIS: Enmity, Drive and Repetition in Security Discourse', Critical Studies on Security 6(1), pp.85-99.
- (2017) 'The geography of pre-criminal space: epidemiological imaginations of radicalisation risk in the UK Prevent Strategy, 2007–2017', Critical Studies on Terrorism 10(2), pp.297-319.
- (2017) 'Affecting Terrorism: Laughter, lamentation and detestation as drives to terrorism knowledge', International Political Sociology 11(3), pp.239-56. Co-authored with Lee Jarvis.
- (2016) 'Algorithmic Auto-immunity in the NHS: Radicalisation and the Clinic', Security Dialogue 48(1), pp.29-45.
- (2016) 'Building a New Utøya; Re-Placing the Oslo Bombsite—Counterfactual Resilience at Post-Terrorist Sites', Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 39/4, pp.308-25.
- (2015) ‘Securing through the Failure to Secure? The Ambiguity of Resilience at the Bombsite’, Security Dialogue 46/1, pp.69-85.
- (2015) ‘Picasso at the Bombsite: Whither Resilient Place?’, Politics 35/1, pp. 72-7.
- (2015) ‘Editor’s Introduction: Neoliberalism and/as Terror’ (authored with Lee Jarvis and Christopher Baker-Beall), Critical Studies on Terrorism 8/1, pp.1-14.
- (2014) ‘Step Forward, Please’, Critical Studies on Security 2/2, pp.241-3.
- (2014) ‘Editor’s Introduction: Critical Terrorism Studies: Practice, Limit and Experience’ (authored with Lee Jarvis and Christopher Baker-Beall), Critical Studies on Terrorism 7/1, pp.1-10
- (2013) ‘Counter-Terrorism and the Counterfactual: Producing the Radicalisation Discourse and the UK PREVENT Strategy’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 15/3, pp.394-415.
- (2012) ‘Can we Laugh Yet? Reading post 9-11 Counter-Terrorism Policy as Magical Realism and Opening a Third Space of Resistance’, European Journal of Criminal Policy and Research, 18/4, pp. 343-360.
- (2012) ‘Reinventing Prevention or Exposing the Gap? False Positives in UK Terrorism Governance and the Quest for Pre-Emption’, Critical Studies on Terrorism 5/1, pp.67-85.
- (2012) ‘Rethinking ‘Waves of Terrorism’: Globally Situating the Struggles of EOKA and the Italian Militant Left’, Journal of International Relations Research 1/1, pp.55-70.
- (2011) ‘Vi Ricordate la Rivoluzione? Politica della Memoria e Militanza tra Cipro e Italia’/‘Do You Remember Revolution? The Politics of Memory and Militancy between Cyprus and Italy’, Partecipazione e Conflitto, issue 3, pp.80-99. Italian.
- (2010) ‘Critical Terrorism Studies, Critical Theory and the ‘Naturalistic Fallacy’’, Security Dialogue 41/3, pp.235-54.
Edited Books, Forums and Special Issues
- (2018) Critical Terrorism Studies at Ten: Contributions, Cases and Future Challenges, edited by Richard Jackson, Harmonie Toros, Lee Jarvis and Charlotte Heath-Kelly (Abingdon: Routledge).
- (2017) ‘Death and Security: A Forum’, Critical Studies on Security, 5(2), pp.216-35.
- (2017) '10 Years of Critical Terrorism Studies’, special issue of Critical Studies on Terrorism edited by Richard Jackson, Harmonie Toros, Charlotte Heath-Kelly, and Lee Jarvis, 10(2).
- (2015) Neoliberalism and Terror: Critical Engagements, edited by Charlotte Heath-Kelly, Lee Jarvis and Chris Baker-Beall (Abingdon: Taylor and Francis). See review in Global Policy journal here.
- (2015) ‘Neoliberalism and/as Terror’, special issue of Critical Studies on Terrorism, edited by Charlotte Heath-Kelly, Lee Jarvis and Chris Baker-Beall, 8(1).
- (2014) Counter-Radicalisation: Critical Perspectives, edited by Charlotte Heath-Kelly, Lee Jarvis and Chris Baker-Beall (Abingdon: Routledge). See review in Journal of Social Science Education here.
- (2014) ‘Critical Terrorism Studies: Practice, Limits, Experience’, special issue of Critical Studies on Terrorism, edited by Charlotte Heath-Kelly, Lee Jarvis and Chris Baker-Beall, 7(1).
- ‘Staging Memorialisation: Performing the War on Terror and Resilient Nationalism’ in The Oxford Handbook of Performance and Politics, edited by Shirin Rai, M Gluhovic, S Jestrovic & M Saward (Oxford University Press, 2020).
- ‘Forgetting ISIS: Enmity, Drive and Repetition in Security Discourse’ in Who’s Afraid of ISIS?, edited by Daniel Monk (Taylor & Francis, 2019) pp.85-99.
- 'Sacred Rituals of the Security State: Reclaiming Bodies and Making Relics from Ground Zero' in The Materiality of Mourning, edited by Ruth Toulson and Zahra Newby (Abingdon: Routledge, 2019), pp.205-21.
- ‘Critical Approaches’ in Oxford Handbook on Terrorism, edited by Erica Chenoweth, Andreas Gofas, Richard English and Stathis Kalyvas (Oxford University Press, 2019).
- ‘Seeing Radicalisation? The Pedagogy of the Prevent Strategy’ in Routledge Handbook of Critical International Relations, edited by Jenny Edkins (Abingdon, Routledge, 2019), pp.161-75. Co-authored with Erzsebet Strausz.
- 'Is Counter-radicalization an Effective Counterterrorist Tool?: NO' in Contemporary Debates on Terrorism, 2nd Edition, edited by Richard Jackson & Daniela Pisoiu (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018).
- ‘Resilience and Disaster Sites: The Disastrous Temporality of the ‘Recovery-to-Come’’, Chapter 24 in The Routledge Handbook of International Resilience: Policies, Theories and Practices, edited by Jon Coaffee and David Chandler (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016).
- ‘Poststructuralism and Constructivism’ in The Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies, edited by Richard Jackson (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016).
- ‘Collective Memory and Terrorism’ in The Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies, edited by Richard Jackson (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016).
- ‘The Foundational Masquerade: Security as Sociology of Death’ in Masquerades of War, edited by Christine Sylvester (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015).
- ‘Talking about Revolution: Ex-militant Testimony and Conditions of Tell-ability’ in Critical Methods in Terrorist Studies, edited by Priya Dixit and Jacob Stump (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015).
- ‘Counter-terrorism: The Ends of a Secular Ministry’ in Critical Perspectives on Counter-Terrorism, edited by Lee Jarvis and Michael Lister (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014), pp.41-55.
- ‘Introduction: Counter-Radicalisation: Critical Perspectives’, co-authored with Christopher Baker-Beall & Lee Jarvis, in Counter-Radicalisation: Critical Perspectives, edited by Charlotte Heath-Kelly, Christopher Baker-Beall & Lee Jarvis (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014).
Book Reviews, Op-Eds & Media articles
- (2019) Public Health Approaches to Radicalisation: The Evidence Base, Discover Society, 04 September 2019.
- (2018) Rebels without a Cause? Safeguarding, Risk and Banality in the Prevent Strategy, The Disorder of Things, 21st December 2018.
- (2018) Terrorism, Autism and Mental Health, Discover Society, 5th June 2018.
- (2017) New Counter-Terror Rules Give GP's Bizarre Incentives to Refer Mental Health Patients as Radicalisation Threat, The Conversation, 13 December 2017.
- (2017) ‘Resilience’ and rituals bring people together, but our true reactions are more complex, The Conversation, 6 June 2017.
- (2016) 'Why Refusing to Build Memorials for Terror Attacks is a Bold Political Statement', The Conversation.
- (2016) ‘Counterterrorism in the NHS: ‘Prevent takes to the Clinic’, E-International Relations.
- (2015) ‘How 7/7 Changed the way Britain Mourns Victims of Terrorism’, The Conversation, 7 July 2015.
- (2011) ‘Antonio Negro: Diary of an Escape’, Critical Studies on Terrorism 4/2, pp.295-98.
2020 - 2025: Primary Investigator on 'Neoliberal Terror: The Radicalisation of Social Policy in Europe' (European Research Council, 1.5 million Euros)
2018 - 2019: Co-Investigator on 'Counterterrorism Curricula in English Schools: Positive and Negative Peace in the War on Terror' (Max Batley Seedcorn Funding, University of Sheffield, £3,900)
2017 - 2018: Principal Investigator on 'Counterterrorism in the NHS: Evaluating Prevent Duty Safeguarding by Midlands Healthcare Providers' (Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Humanities and Social Sciences, £43, 570).
2016 - 2019: Principal Investigator on 'Resilience at the Bombsite: Reconstructing Post-Terrorist Space' (ESRC Future Research Leaders Award, £135,486).
2015: Principal Investigator on 'The Political Life of Rubble: Bombsite Relics and Cosmopolitan Identity' (Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow Award, £82,560)
2013 - 2015: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick (£82,276).
2012 - 2014: Principal Investigator on 'Securing through the Failure to Secure: Reclaiming Post-Terrorist Space' (British Academy Small Grant, £5,200).