Dr Tom Pettinger is a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick working at the intersection of critical security studies, governmentality, and sociology. His research explores 'terrorism' and the turn towards preemptive politics, with a particular focus on resilience technologies. He is currently working on the Research Council of Norway's RIPPLES project, where he is examining state constructions of resilience infrastructure.
His doctoral research, which was fully-funded by the ESRC, investigated the British Prevent programme (especially its Channel ‘de-radicalization’ interventions), in light of the British experience of ‘the Troubles' in Northern Ireland. He conducted over 50 research interviews with Prevent officials, Channel mentors, and Northern Irish former combatants.
Tom convenes BISA’s Critical Terrorism Studies working group.
He also teaches postgraduate and undergraduate Critical Security modules at Oxford Brookes University, and undergraduate international relations modules at Warwick University, alongside his research.
(2020) British terrorism preemption: Subjectivity and disjuncture in Channel ‘de-radicalization’ interventions, British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 71
(2020) CTS and normativity: The essentials of preemptive counter-terrorism interventions, Critical Terrorism Studies, Vol. 13
(2017) De-Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization: Valuable Tools for Combating Violent Extremism, or Harmful Methods of Subjugation?, Journal for De-Radicalization, Vol. 12
(2015) What Is the Impact of Foreign Military Intervention on Radicalization?, Journal for De-Radicalization, Vol. 5
(2020) Examining Prevent from a former combatant perspective, Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization, edited by Derek Silva and Mathieu Deflem, Emerald Publishing
(2020) Book Review: ‘Encountering Extremism’, in Critical Terrorism Studies
(Forthcoming 2021) "The end of presumed innocence? What government ‘radicalization prevention’ film tells us about the law," in National Security, The Official Record and the Rule of Law: Democratic Case Studies, edited by Pete Finn, Manchester University Press