Stephane Baele

Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter

Dr Baele is Senior Lecturer at Exeter’s Politics Department; his research focuses on the linguistic and visual drivers of political violence from a multidisciplinary (psychology, sociology, etc.) and multi-methods (discourse analysis, semantic network analysis, etc.) perspective. He has published widely in top IR/security journals on cases such as Hutu extremist radio, Incel forums, Breivik, or radical pro-Israeli/Palestinian blogs, teaches on extremist communications, and regularly engages on these issues with UK government practitioners. In 2016-2017 he was the PI for a CREST-funded project on ISIS communications (deliverables include ISIS Propaganda: A Full-Spectrum Extremist Message, OUP 2019).

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Recent publications

Baele S., Sterck O. (2015) “Diagnosing the Securitisation of Immigration at the EU Level: A New Method for Stronger Empirical Claims”, Political Studies 63(5), 1120-1139.
Baele S., Balzacq T. (2015) “The Third Debate and Postpositivism”, in Denemark R. (ed.) The International Studies Encyclopedia, Blackwell.
Baele S. (2014) “Are terrorists insane? A critical analysis of mental health categories in lone terrorists’ trials”, Critical Studies on Terrorism 7(2), 257-276
Baele S., Sterck O., Meur E. (2014) “Theorizing and Measuring Emotions in Conflict: The Case of the 2011 Palestinian Statehood Bid”, Journal of Conflict Resolution, early view.
Baele S. (2013) “The ethics of New Development Economics: is the Experimental Approach to Development Economics morally wrong?”, Journal of Philosophical Economics 7(1).
Baele S. (2011) « Le conflit israélo-palestinien comme problème psychologique », Etudes Internationales 42(2), 207-224.


More from Stephane…

ISIS Propaganda: A Full-Spectrum Extremist Message

This book offers a comprehensive overview and analysis of the Islamic State’s use of propaganda. Combining a range of different theoretical perspectives from across...Read More »

Computer-Assisted Analysis of Extremist Online Content

Computer-Assisted Analysis of Extremist Online Content by CREST researchers Stephane Baele, Dr Katharine Boyd, Dr Travis Coan. This poster presents the research from this CREST...Read More »

Text Mining Islamic State’s Online Propaganda

Text Mining Islamic State’s Online Propaganda by CREST Researchers Stephane Baele, Katharine Boyd and Travis Coan. The poster presents their research on how Islamic...Read More »

Extremist Prose as Networks

Stephane Baele, Katharine Boyd, and Travis Coan look at using Co-occurrence Networks to Monitor Extremist Communications A well-developed body of research demonstrates that network...Read More »

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