Lella Nouri is a Senior Lecturer of Criminology and Programme Director of the MA in Cyber Crime and Terrorism at Swansea University. She specialises in the radical right and extremist use of the internet. Lella heads up the Online Radical Right Research International Network (ORIN) which is part of Swansea University’s Cyber Threats Intelligence Centre. To date ORIN has conducted research on the discourse of the US alt-right online, the development of virtual communities by UK extremist groups and the visual strategies of the UK far right. ORIN held its first workshop in March 2019 which was supported and funded by VOX-Pol. The workshop comprised of an expert group with representation from Europe, North America, South America - Argentina, Brazil and Australasia as well as in the form of stakeholders such as South Wales Police. In 2017/18, Lella held a visiting scholar position at the University of California, Santa Barbara on a Fulbright Cyber Security Award.

Previously, Lella has worked on projects focusing on understandings and constructions of cyberterrorism as well as on the UK Prevent Strategy.

As well as publishing in leading journals in her field (including Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Journal of Terrorism Research and Critical Discourse Studies) and edited volumes, Lella is keen to communicate her research to a broader audience.  She has been interviewed by, amongst others, BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, BBC Radio Wales, Radio Five Live and local newspapers. She is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right. 

Areas of Expertise

  • far-right extremism
  • violent extremism

Publications

  1. Lorenzo-Dus, N., Nouri, L. The Discourse of the US Alt-Right Online – A Case Study of the Traditionalist Worker Party Blog Critical Discourse Studies
  2. Nouri, L., Lorenzo-Dus, N. Investigating Reclaim Australia and Britain First’s Use of Social Media: Developing a New Model of Imagined Political Communities Online Journal for Deradicalization Spring 2019 18 1 34
  3. Nouri, L. The Traditionalist Workers Party: It's Not all Tweets and Likes (Ed.), Tracking the Rise of the Radical Right Globally CARR Yearbook 2018/2019
  4. Nouri, L., Watkin, A. Far-Right Hate Group ‘Britain First’ (That Trump Retweeted) Joins Gab (Ed.), Tracking the Rise of the Radical Right Globally CARR Yearbook 2018/2019
  5. Nouri, L., Lorenzo-Dus, N., Watkin, A. Following the Whack-a-Mole: Britain First’s Visual Strategy from Facebook to Gab

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Teaching

  • ASC317 Understanding & Countering Terrorism & Violent Extremism

    This module examines extremism as a contemporary and contentious issue in criminology. Students will examine contemporary extremism in all its forms from political to religious and critique counter-terrorism efforts globally, with a specific focus on preventative efforts. This module will help students understand the rising numbers of extremist groups in the 21st century, the violent acts associated with its members and the complexities involved in countering violent extremism today.

  • ASC324 Dissertation

    This module will equip students with the skills needed to produce a dissertation of between 8,000 and 10,000 words. A series of 6 compulsory meetings with dissertation supervisors followed by optional meetings, enables students to complete this task

  • LAMD00 MA Crime and Terrorism Dissertation

    Students will write a dissertation on a topic related to the MA programme of their own choice. This will be supervised by a nominated supervisor within the School of Law and convened by the Module Coordinator.

  • LAMM22 Contemporary Terrorism in Historical and Philosophical Context

    This compulsory module will provide students with an overview of both the historical and philosophical origins of contemporary ¿terrorism¿ and the theoretical frameworks through which political violence is understood. Students will be introduced to the topic of terrorism through exploration of historical cases. They will also explore the key models explaining terrorism and diverse theoretical approaches to its study. The course critically engages with the literature on terrorism, as well as the policies, programmes and responses designed to counter terrorism. Emphasis will be given to gender within responses to terrorism and as a factor in terrorism throughout.

  • LAMM25 Online Propaganda and Radicalisation

    This module will be centred around the work conducted by the School of Law¿s Cyberterrorism Project on the interface between terrorism and the internet. It will also introduce students to other contemporary approaches to understanding violent extremism online which will give them an opportunity to start exploring their own interests in this area further. The module will focus on four issues in particular: terrorist propaganda on the internet; radicalisation and the internet; counter campaigns and approaches to disrupting internet radicalisation; and approaches to researching and understanding the role of the internet in radicalisation. The module brings together expertise from a wide range of disciplines and geographical regions including Europe, the US, Canada and Australia and explores the various roles played by the Internet in radicalisation; the reasons why terroristic propaganda may or may not influence others to engage in violence; the role of political conflict in online radicalisation; and the future of research into terrorism and the internet. By covering this broad range of topics, the module will provide students with a detailed yet encompassing understanding in the area of extremist use of the internet.

Supervision

  • Regulation of terrorist content on social media: A conceptual framework of different tech companies (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Lella Nouri
    Other supervisor: Dr Patrick Bishop
    Other supervisor: Prof Stuart Macdonald
  • Counter-terrorsim and the role of the new security actors: An ethnographic study (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Lella Nouri
    Other supervisor: Dr Elizabeth Pearson
    Other supervisor: Prof Stuart Macdonald
  • The Online Behaviours of Islamic State Actors in America 2012-2018. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Lella Nouri
    Other supervisor: Dr Alastair Reed
    Other supervisor: Prof Stuart Macdonald
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Lella Nouri
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Programme Director MA Cyber Crime & Terrorism

    2018 - Present

  • Criminology Postgraduate Students Coordinator - Department of Criminology

    2015 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2018 R&I Rising Star – Early Career Winner Swansea University Research and Innovation Awards
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.

External Responsibilities

  • Senior Lecturer, Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law

    2018 - Present

  • Lecturer, Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law

    2016 - 2018

  • Tutor, Hillary Rodham School of Law

    2014 - 2016

Research Groups

  • Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right

    Senior Fellow

  • Online Radical Right Research International Network (ORIN)

    ORIN is focused on the varied groups that may be encompassed by the umbrella term ‘radical right’. Headed up by Dr Lella Nouri and Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus, the primary intention of the network is to bring together researchers and stakeholders interested in the study of these groups from an interdisciplinary and global perspective with a specific focus on methodological innovation.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2017 Present Senior Lecturer Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law
2015 2017 Lecturer Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law
2014 2015 Tutor College of Law and Criminology, Swansea University
2011 2014 Teaching Assistant Department of Political & Cultural Studies, Swansea University