Ms Elizabeth Pearson
Lecturer within the Cyber Threats Intelligence Centre
Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law
Telephone: (01792) 295980
Room: Office - 133
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus

Elizabeth Pearson is a Lecturer at the Cyber Threats Intelligence Centre (CyTIC) specialising in gender, extremism, and how to counter extremism. Elizabeth has an interest in offline and online and their intersections. She has worked with VOX-Pol, the EU’s online extremism research network, conducting research on gender in ISIS-supporting communities on Twitter.

She studied for her PhD in War Studies at King’s College London, where she explored gender in both ‘Islamist’ and ‘far-right’ movements in the UK through field research and interviews with activists. Elizabeth is also an Associate Fellow at RUSI and has carried out research for the London-based think tank examining attitudes to both Violent Extremism and Countering Violent Extremism in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Canada.

Elizabeth also maintains a dataset of female suicide bombing in West Africa and has an interest in issues of gender in relation to ‘Boko Haram’. 

She has worked with the European Union Technical Assistance to Nigeria’s Evolving Security Challenges (EUTANS) and with RUSI on CVE delivery in Nigeria.

Before academia, Elizabeth spent more than fifteen years with BBC radio where she worked in production, reporting and feature-making, mainly for BBC Radio Four.


  1. Online as the New Frontline: Affect, Gender, and ISIS-Take-Down on Social Media. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 1-25.
  2. The Case of Roshonara Choudhry: Implications for Theory on Online Radicalization, ISIS Women, and the Gendered Jihad. Policy & Internet 8(1), 5-33.
  3. & Social Media, the Online Environment and Terrorism. In Routledge Handbook of Terrorism and Counterterrorism.
  4. & Women, Gender and Daesh Radicalisation. The RUSI Journal 162(3), 60-72.
  5. & Different Cities, Shared Stories: A Five-Country Study Challenging Assumptions Around Muslim Women and CVE Interventions. The RUSI Journal 161(5), 54-65.

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Key Grants and Projects

  • Kanishka Programme funded research into the gender dynamics of violent extremism and countering violent extremism, a Five-Country Project with RUSI. 2015 - 2016

  • ESRC funding for PhD Research into How Gender Factors in UK Extremism. 2014 - 2018