Dr Lella Nouri is a Lecturer of Criminology at Swansea University, specialising in terrorist use of the internet. Lella’s background is interdisciplinary in nature; she studied for her PhD in Politics and her MA in International Relations. Lella’s recent research has focussed on the growing use of the internet by far-right extremist groups; currently she is leading an interdisciplinary team examining extreme far-right groups’ usage and influence on popular social media sites.

Lella is also part of the University’s multidisciplinary cyberterrorism research project. To date the Cyberterrorism Project has conducted a survey of the global research community, compiled a database of definitions of cyberterrorism, conducted a study of online terrorist magazines, compiled a database of news stories on cyberterrorism, hosted a NATO Advanced Research Workshop and three international symposia, and published three edited collections and five policy reports (see further www.cyberterrorism-project.org).

In 2017/18, Lella will also be the holder of a Fulbright Cyber Security Award.

Areas of Expertise

  • far-right extremism
  • violent extremism

Publications

  1. & State Cyberterrorism: A Contradiction in Terms?. Journal of Terrorism Research 6(3), 62
  2. & (Eds.). Terrorists' Use of the Internet: Assessment and Response. IOS Press.
  3. & The Cyberterrorism Threat: Findings from a Survey of Researchers. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 37(1), 68-90.
  4. & Cyber-terrorism: Conceptual Questions, in L. Jarvis, S. Macdonald & T. Chen (eds.) Cyber Terrorism: A Multi-disciplinary Approach. New York: Springer.. In
  5. & Prevent and the Internet: Examining the Impact of the Prevent Strategy on Preventative Counter-Terrorism Online, in C. Baker-Beall, C. Heath-Kelly & L. Jarvis (eds.) Counter-Radicalisation in Europe. Abingdon: Routledge.. In

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Teaching

  • ASC317 Violent Extremism: Trends, Issues and Responses

    This module examines extremism as a contemporary and contentious issue in criminology. Consequently, students will examine extremism in all its forms from political to religious, throughout history and up to the present day. This module will critique counter-extremism efforts in the UK and Europe and will help participants develop an understanding of the rising numbers of extremist groups in the 21st century and the violent acts associated with its members.

  • ASCM26 Crime, Drugs and Alcohol

    The module explores the relationship between substance use and crime. Throughout the module, the ways in which the criminal justice system responds to the problems presented by drug and alcohol-related offending is assessed. In addition, students are given the opportunity to offer alternative approaches to dealing with substance use offenders.

Supervision

  • In what ways can the Internet affect radicalisation to violent extremism? (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Stuart Macdonald
    Other supervisor: Dr Lella Nouri
  • The role of social media organisations in regulating online terrorist content (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Stuart Macdonald
    Other supervisor: Dr Lella Nouri

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2011 2014 Teaching Assistant Department of Political & Cultural Studies, Swansea University
2014 2015 Tutor College of Law and Criminology, Swansea University

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Criminology Postgraduate Students Coordinator - Department of Criminology

    2015 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2017 Inspiring Woman Award, Swansea University for International Women’s Day 2017 celebrations.
2016 Cyberterrorism Research Project winner of the Outstanding Research Collaboration Award, Swansea University Research and Innovati
2016 Successfully applied for a place on the CHERISH-DE Digital Economy Early Career Researchers Crucible Programme.
2015 Runner Up, Research Impact Awards (Outstanding Contribution to Law and Public Policy), Swansea University.
2013 Certificate of Merit. Swansea University Research Forum, Research Community Award, with the Cyberterrorism Project.
2013 Runner Up, Swansea University Research Forum, Research as Art Competition with Cyberterrorism Project.