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Tom Pettinger

Tom is a PhD student in the field of critical terrorism studies, researching Prevent and Channel ‘counter-radicalization’ interventions in Britain. His primary focus is the distinction between the sorts of behaviours associated with risk through contemporary terrorism preemption, and the sorts of behaviours demonstrated by those convicted of terrorism offences in Northern Ireland. He has 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 was awarded a full ESRC scholarship to complete his PhD, and teaches undergraduate modules at Warwick alongside his own research.


British Journal of Sociology (2020) British terrorism preemption: Subjectivity and disjuncture in Channel ‘de-radicalization’ interventions

Critical Terrorism Studies (2020) CTS and normativity: The essentials of preemptive counter-terrorism interventions, Vol. 13

Journal for De-Radicalization (2017) De-Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization: Valuable Tools for Combating Violent Extremism, or Harmful Methods of Subjugation?, Vol. 12

Journal for De-Radicalization (2015) What Is the Impact of Foreign Military Intervention on Radicalization?, Vol. 5

Book Chapters

(Forthcoming 2020) "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
(Forthcoming 2020) "Examining Prevent from a former combatant perspective", in Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization, edited by Derek Silva and Mathieu Deflem, Emerald Publishing