Dr Marine Gueguin


I teach international relations, international politics, theories of IR, security studies and terrorism at POLIS. I am a Research Fellow for the Centre for Global Security Challenges. I specialise in Critical Terrorism Studies and Critical Security Studies. 

Research interests

My doctoral thesis investigated the framing of the terrorist threat in France from 2015 to 2020 as an ‘exceptional’ challenge which requires a ‘special’ public security response. The thesis explored how political actors frame the terroist threat in French political discourse from an exceptional/existential challenge to a permanent threat. The thesis employed a post-Copenhagen School approach to securitisation arguing an impossibility to desecuritise the threat of terrorism in the French case, and exposed the embeddedness of emergency powers and French CT powers in colonial legacies and colonialities, following a decolonial conceptual and theoretical framework. The doctoral project focused on the domestic CT powers. 

I am now working on the notion of colonial space(s), colonialities of CT powers by the French, the interventionism logic in the Sahel, Iraq and Syria by the French troops as an extension of my doctoral research. 

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  • PhD in Security Studies, University of Leeds 2023
  • MA, University of Leeds 2023
  • LLM, University of Southampton 2016
  • Licence de Droit, Universite de Rennes 1

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Global Security Challenges