Understanding and Explaining Terrorism: Expertise in Practice

  • Miller, David, (PI)

Project: Research council

Project Details


Because terrorism and counter-terrorism are highly significant issues in international relations and domestic politics, terrorism expertise are a valued asset in public policy. Using an innovative, mixed method approach, this study will explore which people and institutions are designated as in a variety of arenas, what impact their expertise have and address the question of whether there is such a thing as genuine expertise in terrorism and how we might identify it. It will measure, compare and contrast the prominence of different terrorism experts in different domains, including academia, the media, the internet, the criminal justice system and the national and the international policy community, and will analyse the historical and institutional development of the use of terrorism experts by courts, governments and the media. It will also explore the ideological and institutional origins and affiliations of terrorism expertise by investigating the various think-tanks and private research institutes which provide support and funding. The research will provide an empirically grounded evidence base that can better inform public debate and policy decisions. The overall aim is to better understand terrorism expertise and to enable academics and other research users to more effectively make use of research on terrorism.
Effective start/end date1/01/1331/01/16


  • ESRC
  • ESRC

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  • Research Output

    Lying and deception in politics

    Bakir, V., Herring, E., Miller, D. & Robinson, P., 1 Jan 2018, The Oxford Handbook of Lying. Meibauer, J. (ed.). Oxford, U. K.: Oxford University Press, p. 529-540

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Organized Persuasive Communication: A new conceptual framework for research on public relations, propaganda and promotional culture

    Bakir, V., Herring, E., Miller, D. & Robinson, P., 15 May 2018, In : Critical Sociology. 45, 3, p. 311-328 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

    Open Access
    3 Citations (Scopus)

    Islamophobia, Social Movements and the State: For a Movement Centred Approach

    Massoumi, N., Miller, D. & Mills, T., 1 Jun 2017, What is Islamophobia? : Racism, Social Movements and the State. Massoumi, N., Mills, T. & Miller, D. (eds.). London: Pluto Press, 1

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter