Research Fellow at CSTPV, Associate Researcher at CREST

James Lewis is a Research Fellow in the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St Andrews, and an Associate Researcher at CREST.

He was awarded his ESRC-funded PhD in International Relations by Lancaster University in 2021 for a multi-disciplinary study into how secondary schools in England are enacting the Prevent Duty. He also holds an MLitt in Terrorism Studies and an MA(Hons) in International Relations, both awarded by the University of St Andrews.

James’ research focuses on international approaches to preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE), with a focus on the UK’s Prevent strategy. He is particularly interested in understanding the relationship between P/CVE policy and practice, and in exploring how P/CVE work is enacted at the local level by different actors. He is currently working on a Campbell systematic review which will examine the effectiveness of case management CVE interventions.

Select publications

  • Lewis, J. & Marsden, S.V. (2021). Trauma, adversity and violent extremism. Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats
  • Lewis, J., Marsden, S. V. & Copeland, S., (2020). Evaluating Programmes To Prevent And Counter Extremism. Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats
  • Lewis, J. & Marsden, S. V., (2020). Public Experiences Of The UK Counter-Terrorism System. Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats
  • Lewis, J. & Marsden, S. V., (2020.) Terrorism-Related Simulations. Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats
  • Lewis, J. (2020). ‘Enacting the Prevent Duty in Secondary Schools’, in Busher, J. & Jerome, L. (eds). The Prevent Duty in Education: Impact, Enactment and Implications. London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Marsden, S. V., Lewis, J. & Knott, K., (2019). Countering Violent Extremism II: A Guide to Good Practice. Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats
  • Lewis, J. (2018). ‘Prevent as an Intractable Policy Controversy: Implications and Solutions’. Journal for Deradicalization, 15, 111–150, 2018
  • Marsden, S. V., Lewis, J. & Knott, K., (2019). Deradicalisation Programmes: An Introductory Guide. Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats
  • Marsden, S. V., Lewis, J. & Knott, K., (2017). Countering Violent Extremism: An Introduction. Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats
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