Marine Gueguin

Marine Gueguin


I completed a Licence de Droit at the University de Rennes 1 in 2015, including a year abroad from 2014-2015 at Cardiff University as an Erasmus student. I completed a LLM International Law at the University of Southampton in 2016 and a MA Security, Terrorism and Insurgency at the University of Leeds in 2018.

I am currently a PhD in International Politics with a focus on French counterterrorism strategy under the supervision of Professor Edward Newman and Dr Gordon Clubb. 

I am currently teaching for the module ‘Security Politics’ at the School of Politics and International Studies. 

I taught as a teaching assistant for the module ‘International Politics’ at the School of Politics and International Studies and ‘Understanding and Researching Contemporary Society’ at the School of Sociology and Social Policy – University of Leeds.

I am one of the POLIS PGR Rep. 

I did two research assistantships: 

  • one in 2020 for a period of 3 months, under the supervision of Dr Nora Steppert, which involved the creation of a bibliography, and transcripts of interviews;
  • one in 2020/2021 for a period of 9 months, as a research assistant for the IPU (InterParliamentary Union) which involved writing some elements of the 3rd Global Parliamentary Report (interview, translation in French/English). 

Research interests

My doctoral thesis has for purpose to provide an in-depth analysis of the French counterterrorism strategy from 2015 to 2020, this entails an in-depth critical discourse analysis of French political speeches and statements so as to understand and examine the activation of emergency and extraordinary powers on the aftermath of Paris attacks, for a period exceeding 23 months. The timeframe for analysis is designed according to the activation of the state of exception and its re-activation from 2015 to 2017; and perenisation and normalisation in 2017 with the SILT bill institutionalising the extraordinary powers, and will end in 2020. The empirical analysis will provide a deep examination of the depiction of the threat of terrorism in discourse.  The thesis is also designed around a second objective/aim, that is to say to analyse how the French (citizens and residents of France) received, consumed and accepted the terrorist threat frame, the label of war on terror and the measures taken and designed by the Government and the French elites. The pandemic impacted the data collection but I decided to redesign the data collection around interviews with CSOs representative of victim of terrorism in France to enable the analysis of public perception of the counterterrorism strategy. 

The French case-study is under analysed within the literature on Terrorism Studies and explains the necessity of deeper analysis. 

My research interests are:

  • Counterterrorism 
  • Terrorism
  • International Politics 
  • French counterterrorism politics 
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law


  • Bachelor of Laws (Universit√© de Rennes 1, France)
  • LLM International Law (University of Southampton)
  • MA Terrorism, Security and Insurgency (University of Leeds)

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Global Security Challenges