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Dr. John Morrison

Dr. John Morrison is an expert on violent dissident Irish republicanism, organisational fragmentation and broader issues relating to the psychology of terrorist involvement. He is an editorial board member of Perspectives on Terrorism and Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. In 2016, alongside Dr. Paul Gill of University College London, he co-edited a special issue of Terrorism and Political Violence that looked at one hundred years of Irish Republican paramilitary activity from 1916 to 2016.

In 2014 his first book The Origins and Rise of Dissident Irish Republicanism was published with Bloomsbury Academic Press. Since its publication the book has received extensive praise. Prof John Horgan stated that “John Morrison has done something extraordinary. He has presented us with nothing less than the definitive account of the origins and evolutions of dissident Irish Republicanism.” While Dr. Shaun McDaid proposed that “it is not easy to write an innovative book on Irish republicanism. Morrison, however, has managed to do just that. With its combination of theory and interview data, the book will provide a valuable addition to scholarship about the ideological evolution of those who continue to engage in, or support, the use of violence for political ends in Ireland.”

Prior to joining UEL John was a postdoctoral research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Terrorism (ICST) at Pennsylvania State University.  Within this role he was the project manager of ICST’s research on modern-day dissident Irish Republican organisations. Dr. Morrison’s current research interests relate to the role of trust in terrorist decision-making, violent dissident Irish republicanism, and expert novice differences in terrorist activity. For a list of John's publications you can visit his Research Gate page, or download a pdf.

For further information on John's recent article Trust in Me: Allegiance Decisions in a Post-Split Terrorist Movement please read the executive summary.

Twitter: @morrison_jf

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Prof. Andrew Silke is internationally recognised as a leading expert on terrorism and low intensity conflict. He has worked with a wide variety of government departments, law enforcement and security agencies. He serves by invitation on the United Nations Roster of Terrorism Experts and the European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network Centre of Excellence (RAN CoE), which works with practitioners to develop state-of-the-art knowledge to prevent and counter radicalisation.  He was appointed in 2009 as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee for its inquiry into the UK Government's programme for preventing violent extremism and he is a member of the UK Cabinet Office National Risk Assessment Behavioural Science Expert Group. Prof Silke is the head of Criminology at UEL and Programme Director for the MSc in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Studies

Andrew's publications can be found on his Research Gate page.


Twitter: @AndrewPSilke

Anthony’s research focus has been on conceptualizing terrorism, UK counter-terrorism strategy, radicalization and extremism. He has also published on a wide range of other terrorist related themes including British public and Muslim attitudes towards both terrorism and counter-terrorism, homeland security, terrorism in Northern Ireland, and terrorism and sport (he was the lead editor for the volume Terrorism and the Olympics: Major event security and lessons for the future, Routledge, 2011). His book on Conceptualizing Terrorism was published with Oxford University Press in September 2015 and was nominated (by OUP) for the Political Studies Association’s best political science book of the year award (the W.J.M. Mackenzie prize). He has presented to a wide range of academic and policymaking audiences and has contributed to briefings on terrorism and radicalization at the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He spoke at the National Security Summit in October 2015 and he convened a panel of experts and academics to discuss ‘Interpretations of terrorism, radicalisation and extremism’ at British International Studies Association’s 2015 annual conference. He was also recently invited by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to submit input for an OHCHR report on Countering and Preventing Violent Extremism.

A full list of Anthony's publications can be found by downloading this pdf.


Dr. James Windle, PhD (Loughborough University) is a senior lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of East London, UK. His main research interests are illicit drug markets, illicit enterprise and street gangs. Several of his papers have, however, analysed the interaction between political violence and illicit enterprises, and the impact of counter-terrorism/insurgency policies on drug policy. He is author of Suppressing Illicit Opium Production: Successful Intervention in Asia and the Middle East (IB Taurus, 2016) and lead editor of the forthcoming Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism (Routledge, forthcoming).A full list of James' publications can be found on his Research Gate page or here. As a result of his academic research James has been interviewed by the national, and international, press on numerous occasions. This is in relation to a wide range of issues including Colombian drug suppression, Mexican drug control, and organised crime in Ireland.

More information on James' latest book Suppressing Illicit Opium Production can be found by downloading this executive summary.


Twitter: @JamesWindle6

Dr. Aaron Winter, BA Honours in Political Science (York, Canada), MA in Philosophy and Social Theory (Warwick, UK), DPhil in Social and Political Thought (Sussex, UK), is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice in the School of Law and Social Sciences at University of East London. His research is on right-wing extremism and terrorism, and racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia (with a particular focus on the US, Canada and Britain). He is currently part of the ESRC project Racism and Political Mobilisation. He is co-editor of Discourses and Practices of Terrorism: Interrogating Terror (Routledge, Critical Terrorism Studies, 2010), New Challenges for the EU Internal Security Strategy (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013) and Reflexivity in Criminological Research Experiences with the Powerful and the Powerless (Palgrave, 2014). He has also contributed to Religion and Violence: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict (M.E.Sharpe, 2010) and the Encyclopedia of American Street Crime (Sage, 2013) and several edited collections, including the chapters 'Anti-Abortion Extremism and Violence in the United States' to Extremism in America (University Press Florida, 2014) and ' My Enemies Must Be Friends: The American-Extreme Right, Conspiracy Theory, Islam and the Middle East' in Conspiracy Theories in the Middle East and the United States: A Comparative Approach (de Gruyter, 2014). He is currently working on the monograph White Separatism and the Politics of the American Extreme Right: Civil Rights, 9/11 and a Black Man in the White House (Ashgate) and the co-edited collections Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism and ‘Researching the Far Right: Theory, Method and Practice’ (Routledge). Aaron's research can be found via his Research Gate page,, or in his blog.

Aaron is a Trustee of the British Sociological Association (BSA), co-convenor of the BSA Race and Ethnicity Study Group, coordinator of the Race, Ethnicity and Migration Stream for the BSA Annual Conference and on the editorial board of the journal Sociological Research Online. He is a member of the BSA, European Consortium for Political Research: Standing Group on Extremism and Democracy, Ethnic Minority Research Network in Criminology and War and Media Network. He has been interviewed by the BBC, CBC, LBC, The Times, The Telegraph, Gara, and Vice.


Twitter: @aaronzwinter

Mark completed 30 years Police service in 2012 where he attained the rank of Acting Superintendent at Colindale Police Station.  As a Detective Chief Inspector, he had sole responsibility for running the main CID office on a daily basis with further duties including a regular attendance on Multi Agency Protection Panels (MAPPA) and supervising the local Community Safety Team.  During his Police career, Mark worked on a variety of specialist and general Policing posts, including the Metropolitan Police Murder Teams as a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO), the Anti-Terrorist Branch, Criminal Intelligence Department at New Scotland Yard and several Metropolitan Police Boroughs. Mark has worked at both a National and International level and on high profile cases.  He was an Investigating Officer in Northern Ireland investigating the murder of the civil rights solicitor, Rosemary Nelson case in Northern Ireland and won a Fulbright Scholarship to the USA in 2001 to study American Policing techniques. During this scholarship Mark studied with the Police Foundation, the FBI Academy and the University of Tennessee. Mark was an advisor to SIO’s whilst posted to the National Crime Faculty and was a member of the Professional Practice Team of the National Police Improvement Agency.


Professor Chandra Lekha Sriram joined the School of Law at the University of East London in 2005 as its inaugural Professor of Human Rights, when she also founded and directed the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict.  As director of the Centre, she raised collaborative grants from the British Academy, the United States Institute of Peace, the Leverhulme Trust, the European Union, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. From 2010-2013, she was Professor of Law at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. 

She returned to UEL as Professor of International Law and International Relations in 2013, accompanied by colleagues working on her collaborative grant funded by the Economic and Social Research Council  and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research in collaboration with Anja Mihr of the University of Utrecht.  She is now the principal investigator on a research project on justice and accountability, gender, and land and property in post-accord Colombia, with Centre co-deputy director Sally Holt.

Professor Sriram has authored three monographs, edited or co-edited 11 books or special journal issues, and published numerous and essays in the field of post-atrocity justice, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, including: Peace as governance: Power-sharing, armedgroups and contemporary peace negotiations (2008);  Globalizing justice for mass atrocities: A revolution in accountability (2005); and Confronting past human rights violations: Justice vs peace in times of transition (2004). Her coedited book, Transitional Justice and Peacebuildingon the Ground: Victims and Excombatants was published by Routledge in 2012. The successful War, Conflict and Human Rights textbook, co-authored with Olga Martin-Ortega and Johanna Herman publishes its third edition in August 2017. She is the editor of Transitional Justice in the Middle East and North Africa, which was published by Hurst and Oxford University Press in 2016.

Professor Sriram has twice been the chair of the International Studies Association Human Rights section, and is a co-chair of the London Transitional Justice Network. She is also the co-editor of a book series with Routledge on Law, Conflict and International Relations.

She received her PhD in Politics from Princeton University in 2000, her JD from the University of California-Berkeley in 1994, and her BA in Political Science and MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago in 1991.



Sally Holt is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of East London’s Centre on Human Rights in Conflict. She has fifteen years’ experience working at the intersection of human rights, conflict, security and development for non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) and academic institutions. She specialises in minority rights and diversity management as a means of preventing violent conflict. Current research interests include: the women, peace and security agenda and women’s role in security-related policy-making, including counter-terrorism; and the participation of minorities in peace processes. Prior to joining UEL Sally worked for the Initiative on Quiet Diplomacy at the University of Essex  Human Rights Centre overseeing the development of a ‘toolkit’ of conflict prevention resources for policy-makers and practitioners and providing assistance to parties in conflict situations (2008-12). She has also designed and managed a comparative research programme for the Aga Khan Foundation (UK) on the social inclusion of Muslim populations in Europe (2007-8), carried out policy-oriented research for governments and IGOs on peacebuilding and long-term security challenges as a Research Fellow at Bradford University (2004-7), and served as a Legal Officer at the office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (2000-4).  Sally regularly undertakes consultancies on human rights and conflict for NGOs and IGOs such as the UN, OSCE, and EU. She holds an MA (with Distinction) in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from the University of London’s, School of Advanced Studies (1998).

A full list of Sally's publications can be found by downloading this pdf.

For more information on Sally's 2013 publication 'Culture of Shared Societies'  please download this executive summary


John Preston is Professor of Education, and Research and Knoweldge exchange leader, within UEL’s Cass School of Education and Communities. John’s research explores the relationship between education and security and ‘disaster education’.  As an ESRC Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellow (2012 - 2015) John is currently leading research into critical infrastructure collapse.  He is PI on the project mass population response to critical infrastructure failure (2012 - 2015) funded by the ESRC which considers public response to major disasters in the UK, US, New Zealand, Japan and Germany.  Prior to this project, John was PI on an EPSRC / ESRC project considering the impact of new technologies on city evacuations (2010 - 2013) and PI on an ESRC funded project on preparedness. John's conceptual work is on security and critical theory. In particular, he is interested in preparedness and race equality.  

Dr Edel Hughes is a senior lecturer in law at the University of East London. Her research interests and publications are in the area of international human rights law, conflict/post conflict studies, and public international law. Edel was awarded LLM and PhD degrees from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway, in 2003 and 2009 respectively. Between 2006 and 2011 she was a lecturer in law at the School of Law, University of Limerick, Ireland. She is currently a member of the council of experts of London-based NGO Democratic Progress Institute and serves as a member of the advisory board for the Centre for Conflict Resolution Studies and Research at Istanbul Bilgi University.

A full list of Edel's publications can be accessed by downloading this pdf.

Twitter: @EdelHughes2
Lara received her BS in Psychology from Hobart and William Smith in the USA. She then completed an MA and PhD at the University of Maryland, both in Social and Community Psychology. She worked at a non-profit association in Washington, DC prior to a role at the Justice Department with the US Federal Government. After moving to the UK, she worked at Middlesex University and the Institute of Education, coming to UEL in 2010. Her research interests are in forensic psychology. She is particularly interested in perceptions of eyewitness testimony based on accent and ethnic background, precursors to engagement in terrorist activities, and stereotyping, marginalisation and involvement in deviant behaviour. She is also interested in education and inclusion of ethnic minority learners.


Prof. John Strawson is a colonial legal historian with contemporary interests in International law, the Middle East and Islamic Law. He has written on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Islamic law in colonial India, Law and September 11 2011, the Iraq war and the Arab Spring. His current interests include conflict resolution and the transitional process in the Middle East and the implications of colonial rule for current images of Islamic law.

He has held visiting positions at the International Institute for Social Sciences in Netherlands (now of the Erasmus University Rotterdam), the Institute of Law at Birzeit University, Palestine and was visiting professor of law at the International Islamic University Malaysia in 2007. He has held research grants from the British Council, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the British Academy.  He broadcasts on international law, the Middle East and Islamic Law.

His publications include (as editor) Law after Ground Zero (GlassHouse/Routldege-Cavendish 2002), Partitioning Palestine: Legal Fundamentalism in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (Pluto Press, 2010) and co-editor (with Barry Collins) of Iraq and Human Rights a special issue of the International Journal on Contemporary Iraqi Studies, (Vol. 5. No. 3 (2011). Alongside his colleagues Kalliopi Chainoglou, Barry Collins and John Strawson he has published his newst edited volume Injustice, Memory and Faith in Human Rights (Routledge, 2017). He is currently working in a book on the history of Islamic Law in India.

Twitter: @JohnStrawson

Dr Anthony Gunter is a Principal Lecturer in Criminology and Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Criminology and Law degree programme at the University of East London. Prior to his career in academia Anthony worked for over 14 years in both South and East London, within a variety of community settings, as a detached community and youth worker and Project / Area Manager. His research interests/ expertise are in the areas of: urban crime; youth work/crime prevention practice; policing multi-ethnic urban neighbourhoods; serious youth violence, ethnography.
During the past 16 years Anthony has carried out a number of ethnographic research studies examining and exploring contemporary urban youth subculture(s) and alternative youth transitions. More recently his work has focussed on serious youth violence and current policy, policing and preventative practice aimed at tackling ‘street gangs’.

Click here for a summary of Anthony’s first book ‘Growing Up Bad? Road Culture, Badness and Black Youth Transitions in an East London Neighbourhood’ published
in 2010 by The Tufnell Press.

His latest book Race, Gangs and Youth Violence: Policy, Prevention and Policing (in press, 2016) published by Policy Press, aims to challenge current thinking

about serious youth violence and gangs, and their racialisation by the media and the police. Written by an expert with over 14 years’ experience in the field, it brings together research, theory and practice to influence policy. Placing gangs and urban violence in a broader social and political economic context, it argues that government-led policy and associated funding for anti-gangs work is counter-productive. It highlights how the street gang label is unfairly linked by both the news-media and police to Black (and urban) youth street-based lifestyles/cultures and friendship groups, leading to the further criminalisation of innocent Black youth via police targeting. The book is primarily aimed at practitioners, policy-makers, academics as well as those community minded individuals concerned about youth violence and social justice.

A full list of Anthony's publications can be found by downloading this pdf.