I'm a Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, prior to which I was a Lecturer at the University of St Andrews. I have an interdisciplinary background having studied at one time or another, Psychology, Philosophy, and Literature, gaining a PhD in International Relations from St Andrews in 2013.
Primarily, my research looks at the sociological and psychological processes involved in violent politics. In exploring this broad field, I have examined the political, social, and cultural outcomes of political violence in the Middle East; the losses and gains achieved by different sides in the 'Global War on Terror'; the individual processes associated with disengagement from violence; and the ideological and cultural constraints that influence the form and subject of violence. I'm also interested in civil society responses to political violence. In particular, I've asked how education can respond to terrorism, what the role of 'the community' might be in the reintegration of former militants, and why education becomes a target of terrorism.