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Dr Lella Nouri

Associate Professor, Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy

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Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker
Office - 152
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision
Media Commentator


Lella Nouri is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Programme Director of the MA in Cyber Crime and Terrorism at Swansea University. She specialises in extremism, terrorist use of the internet and in particular extreme right ideologies. Lella is a founding member of the University’s Cyber Threats Research Centre (CYTREC) and a member of the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence focused on researching the prevalence, contours, functions, and impacts of Violent Online Political Extremism and responses to it. In 2017/18, Lella held a visiting scholar position at the University of California, Santa Barbara on a Fulbright Cyber Security Award.

Her most recent work on extremist use of the internet has examined far and extreme right narratives, their dissemination via social media and provided recommendations for policy and community responses. Alongside this work, Lella has been actively working with councils across Wales to combat hate visuals across communities. Prior to this, her work has focused on extreme right propaganda dissemination online, constructions of cyberterrorism, examining definitional issues, and governmental responses to terrorism.

As well as co-organising numerous events on these topics, including a VOX-Pol extreme right workshop, Lella has published a variety of edited collections, journal articles, book chapters, research reports and blogs through leading publishers in the field.

Stakeholder and community impact and engagement work is at the heart of her research. Lella’s has most recently been appointed as an Anti-Racist Wales Research Expert for the Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan as part of the External Accountability Group. She is also an active member of the following expert groups/networks: Academic-Practitioner Counter Extremism Network (APCEN) for the Commission for Counter Extremism (UK Home Office), Member of the Accelerated Capability Environment (ACE) Research Network, Homeland Security Group at the UK Home Office as well as the UK Counter-Terrorism Policing Evidence-Based Review Group.


Areas Of Expertise

  • Extreme right
  • Terrorist use of the internet
  • Radicalisation
  • Hate crime

Career Highlights

Award Highlights

Lella has received the following accolades in recent years:

  • 2017/18 Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar Award - Visiting scholar position at the University of California, Santa Barbara
  • R&I Rising Star, Early Career Winner in the 2018 Swansea University Research and Innovation Awards
  • Inspiring Woman Award for Swansea University's International Women’s Day 2017 celebrations
  • The Cyberterrorism Research Project was the winner of the Outstanding Research Collaboration Award at the 2016 Swansea University Research and Innovation Awards
  • She successfully applied for a place on the CHERISH-DE Digital Economy Early Career Researchers Crucible Programme in 2016
  • Runner Up in the Research Impact Awards (Outstanding Contribution to Law and Public Policy) at Swansea University in 2015
  • Certificate of Merit from the Swansea University Research Forum Research Community Award, with the Cyberterrorism Project, in 2013
  • Runner Up in Swansea University's Research as Art Competition, with the Cyberterrorism Project, in 2013