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Areas of Expertise

Terrorism; Counter-terrorism; Radicalisation; Counter-radicalisation; Security; Memory; Temporality; Cybersecurity; Global Politics; International Relations; 

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Lee Jarvis is a Professor of International Politics and Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of East Anglia, UK. Lee also holds the honorary title of Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide, Australia.
In his Associate Dean role, Lee is responsible for leading, developing and implementing Faculty strategy with respect to research. This includes overseeing grant applications for the Faculty, and developing our REF 2027/28 submission. Arts and Humanities at UEA is a large, vibrant and successful faculty containing the School of Art, Media and American Studies; the School of History; the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities; the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing; and the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies. Lee's role as Associate Dean builds on four years as Research Director for the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies. Previous leadership roles at UEA or elsewhere include Course Director and Director of Undergraduate Admissions.
Lee's research focuses on how security threats such as terrorism are constructed and communicated, and the implications of this for citizenship, communities, and government policy. To date, he has published fourteen books, five special issues, and over seventy articles/chapters. Lee's work has appeared in journals including Political Studies, Review of International Studies, International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue, and Terrorism and Political Violence. His books include research monographs with Manchester University Press and Palgrave, and the award-winning Terrorism: A Critical Introduction.
Lee's work has been funded by a range of various external organisations including the Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Australian Research Council (ARC), NATO, and the U.S. Office for Naval Research. He co-edits the academic journal Critical Studies on Terrorism, and has founded and directed research networks including the multinational, multidisciplinary Cyberterrorism Project. Much of Lee's research is also explicitly interdisciplinary, and he has coauthored, coedited, and otherwise worked with scholars in disciplines including Law, Media Studies, Engineering, Criminology, Political Science, and International Relations.
In his research Lee works with a range of non-academic partners, including policymakers, parliamentarians, police forces, advocacy groups, and local communities. A recent project, for instance, culminated in a screening of original films on 'British [Muslim] Values' produced by participant researchers from Muslim communities in Eastern England. Lee sits on the Peer Review Colleges for the ESRC and the UK’s Global Research Challenges Fund, and has reviewed grant applications, monographs, or articles for over forty-five organisations.
Lee's PhD was awarded in 2008 by the University of Birmingham. Since then he has supervised nine research students to completion, and examined eighteen theses including for universities in Australia, Italy, New Zealand and the UK. Lee has taught modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level on a range of themes including terrorism, counter-terrorism, security studies, International Relations theory, foreign policy, philosophy of social science, and research methods.  

To find out more about his research, please check out Lee's personal website and google scholar profile. You can follow him on Twitter @LeeJarvisPols, or get in touch via email.


  • 2017 - Present: Professor of International Politics, UEA
  • 2015 - 2017: Reader in International Security, UEA
  • 2014 - 2015: Senior Lecturer in International Security, UEA
  • 2008-2013: Lecturer A, Lecturer B, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Swansea University
  • 2007-2008: Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Oxford Brookes University
  • 2003-2007: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Birmingham

Academic Background

Lee read for a BA (Hons) in Politics at the University of Nottingham. He completed his MA in Political Science (Research Methods) and PhD at the University of Birmingham’s Department of Political Science and International Studies.

Key Research Interests

Lee’s research is situated within critical approaches to security studies and International Relations, and focuses on constructions of, and responses to, security threats such as terrorism. Specific interests include: 

1. The politics of counter-terrorism. Lee's work explores how politicians discuss, justify and 'sell' counter-terrorism policy to various audiences, as well as the impact of such efforts upon communities and citizens. This has included the ESRC-funded project Anti-terrorism, Citizenship and Security (with Michael Lister), the AHRC-funded project British [Muslim] Values: Conflict or Convergence (with Lee Marsden and Eylem Atakav). It also includes ongoing work on the proscription or listing of terrorist organisations (with Tim Legrand). You might be interested in this article on counter-terrorism policy's implications for citizenship, or in this piece on how politicians debate whether or not to blacklist terrorist groups.

2. Cybersecurity. Lee has worked on issues around the definition, threat and response to cybersecurity challenges, especially cyberterrorism. Much of this work is inter-disciplinary in scope - bringing in partners from Law, Engineering, Computer Science, Criminology and beyond - and emerges out of the Cyberterrorism Project which he co-founded and continues to co-direct with Stuart Macdonald and Tom Chen. You might be interested in this article on competing understandings of 'cyberterrorism'.

3. Critical terrorism studies and critical security studies. Lee's work offers a conceptual and methodological contribution to these fields. This includes agenda-setting work on the parameters and core commitments of each, conceptual work around 'vernacular security studies' and 'stakeholder security', and through the introduction of relatively new methods such as digital storytelling and focus groups. You might be interested in his recent inaugural lecture - Terrorism, counter-terrorism, and critique - which offered a new heuristic of critical strategies for those disatisfied with the politics of counter-terrorism, or in this article on the 'vernacular turn' within International Relations and Security Studies.

 4. Social constructions and memories of terrorism. Lee's work also explores how 'terrorism' is constructed, situated and remembered across different social and cultural sites. Here he has worked on texts as diverse as memorial webpages, videogames, news media coverage, political rhetoric, and obituaries of dead 'terrorists', exploring how these constitute or frame their subjects. You might be interested in Lee's co-authored book, Terrorism: A Critical Introduction.

As this suggests, Lee's research is often collaborative and frequently inter-disciplinary in nature. You can find citation information for Lee's work via google scholar here.

Teaching Interests

Lee has an established teaching profile with experience of designing, convening and contributing to specialist and introductory modules at all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate study in a range of areas within International Security, International Relations, Political Science, and Research Methods. He has designed and taught research-led modules on terrorism, counter-terrorism and critical security studies, and has written or contributed to a number of textbooks in these areas.

Lee convenes modules on International Security and War Games at undergraduate and Masters level, as well as an undergraduate module on Terrorism and Counter-terrorism.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham

… → 2008

Master of Arts, University of Birmingham

… → 2003

Bachelor of Arts, University of Nottingham

… → 2002

Media Expertise

  • International politics
  • Terrorism
  • Technology