Benjamin Lee

Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University

Benjamin holds a PhD from the Institute for Social Change at the University of Manchester where he studied the use of digital tools in election campaigning in the UK during the 2010 general election. In addition, he holds an MA in Political Science, also from the University of Manchester, and a BA in War Studies from King’s College London. Before joining CREST, Benjamin was a research associate on the European-funded project on far-right populist communication – eEngagement Against Violence – at the University of Leicester, and an oral history interviewer collecting archival material on anti-fascist campaigning in the UK at the University of Northampton. Benjamin’s research interests include: political communication, campaigning, digital media, and the far-right.

Personal webpage

Project information

CREST’s work is structured by five Programmes of activity. You can find out more information about our core programmes, as well as our commissioned projects here.

Benjamin Lee is part of the Ideas, Beliefs And Values In Social Context programme. Read more about this project here.

Recent publications

Lee, B. (2015). A Day in the “Swamp”: Understanding Discourse in the Online Counter-Jihad Nebula. Democracy and Security, 11(3), 248–274.
Lee, B., & Littler, M. (2015). Viral advertising and new pathways to engagement with the British National Party. The Journal of Political Criminology, 1(1), 20–32.


More from Ben…

 

Informal Counter Messaging

Informal Counter Messaging by CREST researcher Dr Benjamin Lee. This poster presents Dr Lee’s research which aims to understand the motivations of informal counter...Read More »

Ideological Transmission

CREST has published the third and final report on ideological transmission, by Professor Kim Knott and Dr Benjamin Lee. The third and final research...Read More »

Ideological Transmission III: Political and Religious Organisations (Full Report)

This CREST report, by Professor Kim Knott and Dr Benjamin Lee, is the third in a series of synthetic research reports on ideological transmission...Read More »

Ideological Transmission III: Political and Religious Organisations (Executive Summary)

This is the executive summary of the full report, by Professor Kim Knott and Dr Benjamin Lee, on ideological transmission, focusing on political and...Read More »

Reciprocal radicalisation briefings and report

CREST’s sister website, Radicalisation Research, has published a series of briefings on reciprocal radicalisation. A CREST report, by Professor Kim Knott, Dr Ben Lee...Read More »

Reciprocal Radicalisation

This CREST report, by Professor Kim Knott, Dr Ben Lee and Simon Copeland, highlights the topic of ‘reciprocal radicalisation’, which is the idea that...Read More »

New Report on Ideological Transmission – Peers, education and prisons

A new report launched today is the second in a series of reports on ideological transmission. CREST has launched the second in a series...Read More »

Ideological Transmission II: Peers, education and prisons (Full Report)

This CREST report, by Professor Kim Knott and Dr Benjamin Lee, is the second in a series of synthetic research reports on ideological transmission...Read More »

Ideological Transmission II: Peers, education and prisons (Executive Summary)

This is the executive summary of the full report, by Professor Kim Knott and Dr Benjamin Lee, on ideological transmission in the context of...Read More »

Understanding the far-right landscape

Benjamin Lee demonstrates that, although the vast majority of far-right activists are non-violent, far-right activism has security implications in the UK and globally. Developing...Read More »

CREST Guide: Understanding the Far-Right Landscape

A new CREST guide by Dr Benjamin Lee gives an introduction to the far-right in the UK, including an analysis of some of the...Read More »

Grassroots counter messaging in the UK

How can both top-down and bottom-up approaches to counter messaging learn from each other? CREST researcher Ben Lee presents an insight into his research...Read More »

Ideological Transmission I: Families (Executive Summary)

This report is the executive summary of the first of a series of synthetic reviews on ideological transmission produced by the Centre for Research...Read More »

Ideological Transmission I: Families (Full Report)

This CREST report is the first of a series of synthetic reviews on ideological transmission produced by Kim Knott and Benjamin Lee. It focuses...Read More »

How does the family pass on religion?

CREST researchers Kim Knott and Benjamin Lee look at how families transmit and reinforce religious and political ideologies. We get religion from our parents,...Read More »

Understanding the counter-jihad

The idea that the West and Islam are at war isn’t limited to a few sidelined activists. It’s an idea that has played a...Read More »

CREST Primer: The counter jihad movement

This CREST Primer is a guide to the Counter Jihad Movement – a loose network of groups and individuals who believe that the West...Read More »

Why we fight: understanding the Counter-Jihad Movement

This survey article deals with a network that can be loosely described as the ‘Counter Jihad Movement’ (CJM). CJM activists are a loose collection...Read More »

One peaceful march doesn't change Pegida's disturbing ideology

CREST researcher Dr Benjamin Lee talks about the Pegida march that took place in Birmingham on February 6 and how they sit within the...Read More »

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