Sarah Marsden

Lecturer in Radicalisation and Protest in a Digital Age, Lancaster University

Dr Sarah Marsden is Lecturer in Radicalisation and Protest in a Digital Age at Lancaster University, prior to which she was a Lecturer in Terrorism Studies at the University of St Andrews. Sarah has a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, a Masters in Forensic Psychology, and holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Liverpool. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to questions of collective violence and contentious politics focusing on global jihadism, religious nationalism, and radical social movements. Much of her recent work has concentrated on understanding efforts to reintegrate those with a history of involvement in militancy.

Sarah Marsden’s university profile can be found here.

Recent publications:
Reintegrating Extremists: ‘Deradicalisation’ and Desistance (Palgrave, 2017).
A Social Movement Theory Typology of Militant Organisations: Contextualising Terrorism. Terrorism and Political Violence, 28(2016): 750-773.
Leaderless Global Jihadism: The Paradox of Discriminate Violence. Journal of Strategic Studies, 38 (2015): 579-601. With G. Ramsay.
Conceptualising ‘Success’ with those Convicted of Terrorism Offences: Aims, Methods and Barriers to Reintegration. Behavioral Studies of Terrorism and Political Aggression 7 (2015): 143-165.


More from Sarah…

Deradicalisation and Counter Violent Extremism

Two guides – an introduction to deradicalisation programmes, and an overview of what good CVE practice should look like – are being published today...Read More »

Countering Violent Extremism II: A Guide to Good Practice

Since the early 2000s, more than fifty countries have developed initiatives to counter violent extremism. Despite this, there still remains a lack of strong...Read More »

Deradicalisation Programmes: Introductory guide

A guide to deradicalisation programmes, which seek to address the ideological, social, and personal issues that lead someone to become involved in violent extremism....Read More »

Reintegrating Extremists: ‘Deradicalisation’ and Desistance

Sarah Marsden writes for us on programmes that seek to help extremists make the transition from violent groups back into society. Highlighting the difficulties...Read More »

From ideological material to targeting choice in leaderless jihadist

Sarah Marsden explores the relationship between ideological material and leaderless jihadist targeting. How do leaderless jihadists decide who to attack? Generally, individuals who carry...Read More »

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