PhD Student, Lancaster University

Simon holds an undergraduate degree in Law and an MA in International Security Studies, both from the University of Leicester. Following his studies, Simon worked at political and security risk consultancies focusing on terrorism in Sub-Saharan Africa and interned at the International Security department of Chatham House. He has also been employed as a Research Associate at the University of Birmingham.

Simon’s research focuses on the role of kin and peer networks in the transmission of extremist ideology and move to involvement in terrorism. His research interests include radicalisation, militant ideologies, conceptions of relatedness and kinship, and the influence of family members and peers on terrorist careers.

He is supervised by Professor Kim Knott (Lancaster), Dr Matthew Francis (Lancaster) and Dr Ces Moore (Birmingham).

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.

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


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