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Charlotte Heath-Kelly

Associate Professor in Politics and International Studies;

PhD in International Politics (Aberystwyth, 2012); MscEcon Political Theory (Cardiff, 2008); BA Politics and Philosophy (Cardiff, 2005)

Room: E1.16

Advice and feedback hours: by appointment


My reseach focuses on:

  • Memorialisation and Post-Disaster Reconstruction
  • Counter-Radicalisation Policies: The Guardian's coverage of my research into Prevent Duty Safeguarding in the NHS is here and here. The Institute of Race Relations covered my findings here.
  • Critical Security Studies and Critical Terrorism Studies
  • Counterterrorism in the UK & USA: Ted-X Warwick talk on 'The Motivations for Terrorism'


Single Authored Books

Journal Articles

  • (2018) 'The Banality of Counterterrorism 'After, After 9/11'? Perspectives on the Prevent Duty from the UK Healthcare Sector', Critical Studies on Terrorism. Online First. 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).

Book Chapters

  • (2018) '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), pp.205-221.
  • (forthcoming 2018) ‘Critical Approaches’ in Oxford Handbook on Terrorism, edited by Erica Chenoweth, Andreas Gofas, Richard English and Stathis Kalyvas (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
  • (forthcoming 2018) 'Is Counter-radicalization an Effective Counterterrorist Tool?: NO' in Contemporary Debates on Terrorism, 2nd Edition, edited by Richard Jackson & Daniela Pisoiu (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017).
  • (2016) ‘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).
  • (2015) ‘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).
  • (2014) ‘Counter-terrorism: The Ends of a Secular Ministry’ in Critical Perspectives on Counter-Terrorism, edited by Lee Jarvis and Michael Lister (Abingdon: Routledge), pp.41-55.
  • (2014) ‘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).

Book Reviews, Op-Eds & Media articles

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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).