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Lee Jarvis

Professor of International Politics


His global research explores terrorism, counterterrorism and cyber security.







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Lee Jarvis is Professor of International Politics in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at UEA. His global research explores terrorism, counterterrorism and cyber security. He looks at how security threats are represented and communicated by governments, the media or other bodies to the public and to specific groups. He has written 13 books – most recently Banning Them, Securing Us? on how the UK Parliament debates the banning of terrorist organisations. He is examining the role of how the UN (since 9/11) in influencing the banning of terrorist groups in Africa (a project funded by the Australian Research Council and undertaken with the University of Adelaide). He has also studied how the obituaries of terrorists are written in mainstream media. More broadly, he looks at public mood and perceptions on wider threats (such as the Coronavirus) and how organisations (such as large business and banks) may be perceived as bad (and how this affects trade).

Lee is an editor of the journal Critical Studies on Terrorism, and has published articles, including in leading journals such as Security Dialogue, Political Studies, Review of International Studies, and Terrorism and Political Violence. He has been the convenor of the British International Studies Association’s Critical Terrorism Studies Working Group.

Areas of Expertise

Political ViolenceCounterterrorismInternational PoliticsTerrorismCyber Security


University of Birmingham

Ph.D., International Relations & Affairs


University of Birmingham

M.A., Political Science


University of Nottingham

B.A., Politics


Media Appearances

New Zealand mosque terror attack: Why you shouldn’t share the suspected shooters’ propaganda

iNews  online


They “are fundamentally about communicating with audiences beyond the victims,” says Lee Jarvis, a counter-terrorism expert at the University of East Anglia.

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Hezbollah ban is partly a performance of British national identity

The Conversation  online


Three organisations, including the Lebanon-based Hezbollah, were banned as terrorist organisations by the British government on March 1. This means membership of, and support for, the organisations is a criminal offence.

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How to measure the terrorism threat after the Westminster attack

Yahoo! Finance  online


Two questions have been particularly prominent in the aftermath of the attack at Westminster. First, why was the attacker – named by police as Khalid Masood – not apprehended beforehand, given that he appears to have been already known to police and intelligence services? Second, what does this attack mean for security in London and elsewhere?

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Event Appearances

Banning them, Securing us? Terrorism, Parliament and the Ritual of Proscription

Centre for Global Security Challenges - 2019  Leeds, U.K.

Cyberterrorism Today?

NATO Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism - 2019  Ankara, Turkey

Security, Citizenship and Critique

Keynote at annual workshop for the Grupo de Estudios Sobre Sociedad Y Politica - 2019  Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Banning terrorism, performing security

Discourses of Security Series - 2019  University of Tubingen, Germany

Public conceptions and constructions of 'British values

British International Studies Association Annual Conference - 2019  London, U.K.


Cyberterrorism: Understandings, Debates and Representations | Oxford University Press


This chapter focuses on understandings and debates around cyberterrorism as well as the effect particular representations of this phenomenon have upon assessing its threat. The chapter begins by introducing various understandings of cyberterrorism and differentiates between narrow and broad conceptions as well as effects and intent based definitions.

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Researching ‘British [Muslim] Values’: Vernacular Politics, Digital Storytelling, And Participant Researchers’ | International Journal of Qualitative Methods


This article reflects on methodological decisions, strategies, and challenges from a recent interdisciplinary project on the relationship between ‘British values’ and Islam. The project employed digital storytelling to access ‘everyday’ conceptions and constructions of this contentious relationship.

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Cyberterrorism Today? Findings From a Follow-on Survey of Researchers | Studies in Conflict & Terrorism


This article reports on a survey of researchers designed to capture current perspectives on core questions around cyberterrorism. The survey—conducted in 2017 as a follow-on to an initial, 2012, exercise—focused on questions of definition, threat and response. By documenting our findings in each of these areas—and highlighting developments in the years between our surveys—we identify three particularly important trends.

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Dead evil? Constructing the ‘Terrorist’in media obituaries | Critical Studies on Security


Terrorists – or, better, those portrayed as ‘terrorist’ – are remembered in a multiplicity of ways after their death. In murals and music, in slogans and speeches, on t-shirts and online, in fiction and in film.

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Terrorism, counter-terrorism, and critique: opportunities, examples, and implications | Critical Studies on Terrorism


This article explores the parameters, value and limitations of different critical strategies for those dissatisfied with the contemporary politics of terror. It argues, first, that the prominent (counter-)terrorism paradigm – in which terrorism is approached as a ubiquitous and very specific security challenge meriting appropriately exceptional responses – is far more critiqued than we might anticipate.

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