The Project

Project title: Understanding and Explaining Terrorism: Expertise in Practice

Funder: The Economic and Social Research Council

Duration: Jan 2013 - July 2015

Institution: Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath

Support: We are part of the Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research and are supported by the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research

Since 9/11 there has been an ever-greater demand for knowledge about terrorism and an exponential growth in expertise to meet it. But who are these terrorism experts and what exactly is the nature of the expertise they offer?

This project provides new insight into how terrorism expertise is produced and used. Led by Professor David Miller from the University of Bath, we are reviewing the activities, credentials and affiliations of over a thousand prominent terrorism experts, assessing their networks, who funds their work and the basis and content of their ideas.

We are interested in how expertise in terrorism impacts on various arenas: government policy, scientific/academic debate, the world of think tanks, the private sector, legal and court cases and the mass media.

Our aim is to develop a better understanding of why the study of terrorism doesn’t always take an evidence-based approach and to help others make better use of such research.