Dr Gordon Clubb

Dr Gordon Clubb


I received my MLitt in Middle East Security Studies at the University of St Andrews (2009) and worked on my doctorate at the University of Leeds (2010-2014). In 2014 I was made Lecturer in International Security and over this time I have taught and researched on the subjects of terrorism, conflict, international relations and security. 


I am a research fellow for the German Institute for Radicalization and De-Radicalization Studies (GIRDS), through which I am currently providing training and consultation on an organisation’s de-radicalisation programme. I am also on the editorial board for the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (The Hague) and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism journal.


  • Co-Director for Postgraduate Research Studies

Research interests

My current research project focuses on the (public/media) perceptions of de-radicalisation re-integration programmes. I have recently written on how the media frames de-radicalisation with a view to understanding support for the intervention, specifically factors that influence support for the re-integration of programme participants. I have also researched on i) the potential role of former extremists/combatants in countering violent extremism, and ii) the causal role of ideology from a critical realist perspective. 


I have written a policy brief which maps out when and how formers should be used in CVE and conflict transformation interventions.


I am interested in supervising PhDs and dissertations in all of these areas, including some of the following topics:

Peacebuilding and the role of former combatants in Northern Ireland (particularly in the context of Brexit)

Critical Realist approaches to terrorism, specifically in relation to the work of Margaret Archer

The conceptualisation of de-radicalisation and de-radicalisation as a discourse

DDR and the re-integration of programme participants, specifically from the re-integrating community side and what facilitates support for re-integration

De-radicalisation and CVE programmes – are they necessary, are they counter-productive etc.


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Student education

I teach on the Terrorism module, Theories of/International Relations, and Security Studies.


Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Global Security Challenges

Current postgraduate researchers

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