Senior Lecturer
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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

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

Areas of Expertise

  • far-right extremism
  • violent extremism


  1. & Terrorism, Violence and Conflict in the Digital Age: Implications, Opportunities and Challenges. In H. Toros & I. Tellidis (Ed.), Researching Terrorism, Peace and Conflict Studies. Abingdon: Routledge.
  2. & The Cyberterrorism Threat: Findings from a Survey of Researchers. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 37(1), 68-90.
  3. & State Cyberterrorism: A Contradiction in Terms?. Journal of Terrorism Research 6(3), 62
  4. & 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
  5. & Cyber-terrorism: Conceptual Questions, in L. Jarvis, S. Macdonald & T. Chen (eds.) Cyber Terrorism: A Multi-disciplinary Approach. New York: Springer.. In

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  • ASC317 Countering 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.

  • 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.


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

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Lella Nouri
    Other supervisor: Prof Stuart Macdonald
  • Regulation of terrorist content on social media: A conceptual framework of different tech companies (current)

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

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

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.