Simon is a researcher in extremism at the Cyber Threats Research Centre (CYTREC) at Swansea University. His work focuses on terrorism, extremist narratives and networks. He completed his CREST-funded PhD at Lancaster University, supervised by Kim Knott, Cerwyn Moore and Matthew Francis looking at kin and peer networks and militant involvement. He has also worked as a research associate on a CREST-funded project looking at CONTEST.
He is primarily interested in how narratives can be used to understand participation in extremism. He has developed methodologies for analysing how terrorist groups use narratives in their propaganda as well as how individuals narrate their own engagement in violence. He also examines how stories spread within extremist networks and milieus.
Additionally, he has interests in how autobiographies and narrative texts can be used in research on conflict. Outside of academia, he has worked and interned at a number of political and security risk consultancies and think tanks focusing on terrorism.
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Simon Copeland is part of the Ideas, Beliefs And Values In Social Context programme. Read more about this project here.
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