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John Morrison

Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Business and Law, Crimonology

Dr. John Morrison is a senior lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice and is the founding director of the Terrorism and Extremism Research Centre at UEL. He is also the programme leader for the BA in Criminology and Psychology. John 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.   

    John's work has been cited by media outlets worldwide and he has written journalistic pieces for among others CNN, BBC Radio 4, CityAM and The Irish Post. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from University College, Cork, and a B.A. in Psychology from University College, Dublin.

    John is a member of the International Studies Association (ISA), Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and the British Psychological Society (BPS)

    Overview

    Peer Review Chapters and Articles

    Morrison, J.F. (Forthcoming 2017). Copying to be Different: Violent Dissident Irish Republican Learning. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism  
    Morrison, J.F. (Forthcoming 2016). ‘The Trustworthy Terrorist: The Role of Trust in the Psychology of Terrorism.’ Lynch, O. and Argomaniz (eds.) Victims and Perpetrators- Understanding the Complexity of Terrorism.  London: Routledge
    Morrison, J.F. (Forthcoming 2016). ‘The Provisional IRA: From Detonations to Decommissioning.” Silke, A. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism. London: Routledge
    Morrison, J.F. and Gill, P. (2016) “100 Years of Irish Republican Violence.” Terrorism and Political Violence DOI 10.1080/09546553.2016.1155927
    Morrison, J.F. and Horgan, J. (2016) “Reloading the Armalite? Victims and Targets of Violent Dissident Irish Republicanism 2007-2015.” Terrorism and Political Violence DOI 10.1080/09546553.2016.1155940  
    Morrison, J.F. (2016) “Fighting Talk: The Statements of ‘The IRA/New IRA.’” Terrorism and Political Violence DOI 10.1080/09546553.2016.1155941
    Morrison, J.F. (2016) “Interview with Danny Morrison.” Terrorism and Political Violence DOI 10.1080/09546553.2016.1155942
    Morrison, J.F. (2016). “Trust in Me: Allegiance Choices in a Post-Split Terrorist Movement.” Aggression and Violent Behavior
    Morrison, J.F. (2015). “Peace Comes Dropping Slow: The Case of Northern Ireland.” In Researching Terrorism, Peace and Conflict Studies, H. Toros and Y. Tellidis (eds.). London: Routledge
    Gill, P., Bouhana, N., and Morrison, J.F. (2015). “Individual Disengagement from Terrorist Groups” In Terrorism and Political Violence, C. Kennedy-Pipe, G. Clubb and S. Mabon. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
    Morrison, J.F. (2014). “A Time to Think, a Time to Talk: Irish Republican Prisoners in the Northern Ireland Peace Process.” In Prisons, Terrorism and Extremism: Critical Issues in Management, Radicalisation and Reform, A. Silke (ed.). London: Routledge
    Morrison, J.F. (2013). “The Psychology of Terrorism: Current Understanding and Vital Next Steps. In The McGraw-Hill Homeland Security Handbook, D. Kamien (ed.).New York: McGraw-Hill
    Horgan, J. and Morrison, J.F. (2013). “Interior Rebellion: A History of Irish Republican Splitting.” In Divided We Stand: The Strategy and Psychology of Ireland’s Dissident Terrorists, J. Horgan. New York: Oxford University Press
    Morrison, J.F.  (2011) “Why Do People Become Dissident Irish Republicans?” in Dissident Irish Republicanism, M. Taylor and M.Currie (eds.). New York: Continuum Press
    Horgan, J. and Morrison, J.F. (2011). “Here to Stay? The Rising Threat of Violent Dissident Republicanism in Northern Ireland.” Terrorism and Political Violence, 23(4), 642-669

    Conference Presentations

    Morrison, J.F. (2015) Reloading the Armalite: The Rise of Violent Dissident Republicanism. Society for Terrorism Research, Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK (Keynote Address)
    Morrison, J.F. (2015) Dissident Irish Republican Radicalisation. US Department of Justice Conference, Radicalisation and Violent Extremism, Washington DC, USA
    Morrison, J.F. (2015) Trust in Me: Allegiance Decision Making in a Post-Split Terrorist Organisation American Society for Criminology, Annual Conference, Washington DC, USA
    Morrison, J.F. (2015) Copying to be Different: The Case Study of Violent Dissident Irish Republican Learning. British Academic Workshop ‘How Terrorist Group’s Learn’
    Morrison, J.F. (2014) Choosing Sides: The Influence of Person Trust on Organisational Affiliation in a Post Splits Environment. Political Studies Association of Ireland, Annual Conference, Galway, Ireland
    Morrison, J.F. (2014) United in Their Division, Divided in Their Unity: The Internal Legitimisation of Violent Dissident Irish Republican Groups. Society for Terrorism Research, Annual Conference, Boston, USA
    Gill, P. and Morrison, J.F. (2014) As Time Goes By: A Quantitative Analysis of the Significance of Anniversaries in the Timing of Terrorist Attacks. Society for Terrorism Research, Annual Conference, Boston, USA
    Morrison, J.F. (2014) Peace Comes Dropping Slow: The Case of Northern Ireland. Soft Power Workshop Centre of Excellence-Defence Against Terrorism (COE-DAT), Ankara, Turkey
    Morrison, J.F. (2013). To Split is Not to End: The Development of a Process Model of Splits in Terrorist Organisations. International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, USA.
    Morrison, J.F. (2012). Prevention and Remediating of Terrorist Recruitment in Prisons. Prevention of Recruitment of Terrorist Organisations Workshop, Centre of Excellence-Defence Against Terrorism (COE-DAT), Ankara, Turkey
    Morrison, J.F. (2012). Here to Stay? The Rising Threat of Violent Dissident Republicanism in Northern Ireland. International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego.

    Reports

    Morrison, J.F. (2012). Terrorist Recidivism. Pennsylvania: International Center for the Study of Terrorism
    Horgan, J. and Morrison, J.F. (2011). The Mobilization and Recruitment of Violent Dissident Republicans in Northern Ireland. Pennsylvania: International Center for the Study of Terrorism
    Morrison, J.F. (2007). Analysis of the Sources of Information Used to Indicate Empicial Facts on Violent Radicalisation. Brussels: European Commission Expert Panel on Violent Radicalisation


    Collaborators

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    Research

    100 Years of Irish Republican Violence: 1916-2016

    Morrison, J.F. and Gill, P. (Eds.). (Forthcoming, 2016). London: Routledge. .

    Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism

    Windle, J., Morrison, J., Winter, A. and Silke, A. (Eds.). (forthcoming, 2017). Abingdon: Routledge. .

    Origins and Rise of Dissident Irish Republicanism: The Role and Impact of Organizational Splits

    Morrison, J.F.. (2014). New York: Bloomsbury Press.

    Publications


    Funding

    John's research interests are Northern Irish terrorism, dissident Irish republican terrorism, political organizational theories of terrorism, splits in terrorist organisations, the psychology of terrorism, international terrorism and counter-terrorism strategies.

    John is on the governing board for the Society for Terrorism Research and in this capacity he organised the 2013 Society for Terrorism Research Annual Conference, hosted by UEL. As well as carrying out his teaching and research he is also the chair of the school’s ethics committee, and a member of the research management committee. He is also an associate editor for the journal ‘Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression’.
    John's work has been cited by media outlets worldwide and he has written journalistic pieces for among others CNN, CityAM and The Irish Post. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from University College, Cork, and a B.A. in Psychology from University College, Dublin.
    John is a member of the International Studies Association (ISA), Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and the British Psychological Society (BPS)



    Interests

    Portfolio

    Programmes:
    BA Criminology and Criminal Justice
    MSc Terrorism Studies

    Modules and Teaching:
    Critical Perspectives on Counter-Terrorism (MSc in Terrorism Studies)
    Critical Perspectives on Terrorism (MSc in Terrorism Studies)
    Psychological Criminology (Level 6 BA Criminology degrees)
    Crime, Deviance and Social History (Level 5 BA Criminology Degrees)
    Research Methods in Criminology (Level 5 BA Criminology Degrees)
    Terrorism Studies (Level 6 BA Criminology Degrees)

    Programme Leader:
    BA Psychological Criminology

    Phd Supervision:
    Henry Patterson (2016-Present)
    Daniela Scerri (2016-Present)
    Tarela Ike (2016-Present) Second Supervisor

    Teaching