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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). His research interests lie in criminal law and counterterrorism, particularly cyberterrorism and terrorists’ use of the internet. He is Co-Director of Swansea University’s EPSRC-funded £7.6m CHERISH Digital Economy Centre and Director of the University’s multidisciplinary cyberterrorism research project. To date the Cyberterrorism Project has conducted a survey of the global research community, compiled a database of definitions of cyberterrorism, conducted a study of online terrorist magazines, compiled a database of news stories on cyberterrorism, hosted numerous events including a NATO Advanced Research Workshop and an international conference on terrorism and social media, and published four edited collections, six policy reports and numerous journal articles and book chapters (see further In 2016/17 he was 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