The Terrorism and Extremism Research Centre (TERC) was established in October 2015, under the directorship of Dr. John Morrison. It is an inter-disciplinary research centre with centre fellows from the fields of Criminology, Law, Education and Psychology. TERC carries out methodologically rigorous research on terrorism and extremism. The research analyses both the act of terrorism itself and, the motivations and rationale of the terrorist actor. Parallel to this the Centre fellows critically examine and research counter-terrorist policies, tactics and strategies. The terrorism and counter-terrorism research is complemented by the analysis of the history, manifestations and modern-day versions of political, social and religious extremism. Central to this research is the assertion that extremism and terrorism are not synonymous. Our research aims to understand the internal and external influences on terrorist and extremist individuals, groups and their activities. In order to achieve this understanding TERC coordinates inter-disciplinary research, teaching, events and training. This is most clearly seen within our MSc in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Studies. This postgraduate training enables students to engage with the up to date research and debates with a variety of the Centre Fellows and invited external speakers.
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