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Lee Jarvis

Professor of International Politics | School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies


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.


Constructing the coronavirus crisis: Narratives of time in British political discourse on COVID-19

British Politics


This article explores the importance of constructions of temporality within the UK government’s discourse on the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis across the first six months of 2020. Drawing on over 120 official texts, it traces the emergence of discontinuous, linear, and cyclical conceptions of time in representations of the virus’ pasts, presents, and futures. Three arguments are made.

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Critical terrorism studies and the far-right: Beyond problems and solutions?

Critical Studies on Terrorism


Recent years have witnessed increasing academic, media, and political attention to the threat of far-right terrorism. In this article, I argue that scholarship on this threat has suffered from two limitations, each with antecedents in terrorism research more broadly. First, is an essentialist approach to this phenomenon as an extra-discursive object of knowledge to be defined, explained, catalogued, risk assessed, and (ultimately) resolved. Second, is a temptation to emphasise, even accentuate, the scale of this threat.

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Time, memory, and critical terrorism studies: 9/11 twenty years on

Critical Studies on Terrorism


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War, time and military videogames: Heterogeneities and critical potential

Critical Military Studies


This article contributes to a small, but growing, scholarship on military videogames. Focusing specifically on diverse manifestations of temporality within these games, it demonstrates that this genre both is more diverse and has greater critical potential than is often recognized. The article begins with a brief overview of contemporary scholarship on temporality, war, and global politics.

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COVID-19 and the politics of temporality: Constructing credibility in Coronavirus discourse

Critical Studies on Security


The designation of, and response to, specific issues as security challenges is neither self-evident nor inevitable (e.g. Buzan, Wæver, and De Wilde 1998). Causes of harm must be constructed or performed as security issues to become thus; responses to (constructed) challenges must, in turn, be communicated or ‘sold’ to relevant audiences (Doty 1993; Holland 2013).

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