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Political Violence, Counterterrorism, International Politics, Terrorism, Cyber Security

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Lee Jarvis is a Professor of International Politics and Research Director for the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies. Lee's PhD was awarded by the University of Birmingham in 2008, following which he worked at Oxford Brookes University and Swansea University. Lee joined UEA in 2014 and was made full professor in 2017.

Lee's research focuses on the politics of security, terrorism and counter-terrorism. He is an editor of the journal Critical Studies on Terrorism, and has published over fifty chapters or articles, including in leading journals such as Security Dialogue, Political Studies, Review of International Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, International Relations, International Political Sociology, Millennium, Politics, International Studies Review, and Citizenship Studies. Lee is (co-) author or editor of fourteen books, including Times of Terror: Discourse, Temporality and the War on Terror, Cyberterrorism: Understanding, Assessment and ResponseCounter-Radicalisation: Critical PerspectivesSecurity: A Critical Introduction, Terrorism Online: Politics, Law and Technology, Anti-Terrorism, Citizenship and Security, and the award-winning textbook Terrorism: A Critical Introduction.

Lee’s research has been externally funded by sources including the ESRC, AHRC, Australian Research Council, NATO, and the US Office of Naval Research. He engages with a range of think tanks, advocacy groups, security professionals and charities in his research, and has submitted evidence to bodies such as the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (Australia) and the UK Home Office. Lee has supervised and examined PhD students working on a range of topics including terrorism, cyberterrorism, counter-terrorism and political communication.

As the above indicates, Lee's research is frequently collaborative and often interdisciplinary in nature. Previous collaborators have included scholars working in diverse fields including Law, Criminology, Media Studies, Communication Studies, Political Science, and Engineering.

Lee is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and the GCRF Peer Review College. Between 2011 and 2014 Lee co-convened the BISA Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group, and he is co-founder and co-director of the multidisciplinary Cyberterrorism Project:http://www.cyberterrorism-project.org/.

From January 2020, Lee will be working on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project with Tim Legrand, titled The Proscription of Terrorist Organisations in Illiberal States. Earlier funded research includes: British [Muslim] Values (AHRC) which employed video autoethnographies to explore the impact of ideas around 'British Values' on Muslim communities in East Anglia; ESRC-funded work with Michael Lister (Oxford Brookes University) on the impacts of anti-terrorism powers on citizenship and security across the UK; and work with Stuart Macdonald (Swansea University) and others on cyberterrorism and cybersecurity, which attracted funding from NATO and other sources.

Current research projects include work on the politics of COVID-19, on obituaries of 'terrorist' figures, and on the international politics of The Gruffalo.

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


  • 2017 - Present: Professor of International Politics, UEA
  • 2015 - Present: 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.

Professional Activities

Co-Convener, BISA Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group


Co-Director, The Cyberterrorism Project

2011 - Present

Committee member: Judging Panel for The Undergraduate Awards (International Relations and Politics)


Associate Fellow for SOMI: Securitisation of migrant integration, lessons from the US and UK


Shortlisted for AHRC/BBC Radio 3: New Generation Thinkers 


Runner Up. Swansea University Research Forum, Research as Art Competition. With the Cyberterrorism Project.


Certificate of Merit. Swansea University Research Forum, Research Community Award. With the Cyberterrorism Project.


Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award for co-authored book: Terrorism: A Critical Introduction


Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Politics, Goldsmiths, University of London


Peer reviewer for the following journals: Security Dialogue; Review of International Studies; European Journal of Internationa Relations; British Journal of Politics and International Relations; Millennium: Journal of International Studies; International Relations; Terrorism and Political Violence; Cooperation and Conflict; International Political Sociology; Administration & Society; Polity; Politics; Critical Studies on Terrorism; Contemporary Political Theory; Journal of War and Culture Studies; Ethnicities.

Peer reviewer for the following publishers: Oxford University Press; Cambridge University Press; Manchester University Press; Palgrave Macmillan; Pan-Macmillan; Routledge; Polity Press; Zed Books; Edward Elgar.

External examiner for PhD students at the University of New South Wales (Australia); the University of Otagao (New Zealand); and Royal Holloway, University of London (UK). 

Invted to provide endorsements for

  • Fisher, K. (2015) Security, Identity and British Counter-terrorism Policy (Basingstoke: Palgrave).
  • Roger, N. (2013) Image Warfare in the War on Terror (Basingstoke: Palgrave)
  • Young, J. & J. Kent (2013) International Relations Since 1945: A Global History (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

Conferences (co-)organised: 

  • Neoliberalism and/as Terror: Technologies, Politics and Vernacular Perspectives. The Annual Critical Terrorism Studies Conference, Nottingham Trent University (2014)
  • Critical Terrorism Studies: Practice, Limits and Experience. The Annual Critical Terrorism Studies Conference, Loughborough University (2013).
  • Security, Conflict and Justice. ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Wales Annual Workshop for Postgraduate Students, Swansea University (2013)
  • Cyberterrorism: A Multidisciplinary Conference, Birmingham (2013).
  • The UK Prevent Strategy, BISA Critical Terrorism Studies Working Group, King’s College London (2012).
  • Cyber-Terrorism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Swansea University (2012).
  • New Media, Image War and the War on Terror, Swansea University (2011)
  • Anti-Terrorism, Citizenship and Security in the UK, Swansea University (2010)



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