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Stuart Macdonald

Professor of Law, Swansea University

Stuart Macdonald is Professor of Law at Swansea University. He completed his BA at the University of Cambridge (2000) and his PhD at the University of Southampton (2005). He is Co-Director of the Cyber Threats Research Centre (CYTREC) and Coordinator of the VOX-Pol Network. Stuart’s research focuses on terrorist’s use of the internet. Most recently, he has examined jihadist narratives, the strategies used to disseminate terrorist propaganda online, and regulatory responses. He has received research funding from the British Academy, Welsh Government, US Government, NATO and the EU, among others. He is the lead organiser of the biennial Terrorism and Social Media (TASM) conference, a member of Europol’s Advisory Network on terrorism and propaganda and a Senior Fellow at Hedayah. In 2016/17 he was also the holder of a Fulbright Cyber Security Award.


  • 2016–present
    Professor, Swansea University
  • 2013–2016
    Associate professor, Swansea University
  • 2009–2013
    Senior lecturer, Swansea University
  • 2005–2009
    Lecturer, Swansea University
  • 2004–2005
    Lecturer, University of Southampton


  • 2005 
    University of Southampton, PhD
  • 2000 
    University of Cambridge, BA