Lee Jarvis is a Professor of International Politics and Research Director for the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies. Lee's PhD was awarded by the University of Birmingham in 2008, following which he worked at Oxford Brookes University and Swansea University. Lee joined UEA in 2014 and was made full professor in 2017.

Lee's research focuses on the politics of security, terrorism and counter-terrorism. He is an editor of the journal Critical Studies on Terrorism, and has published over fifty chapters or articles, including in leading journals such as Security Dialogue, Political Studies, Review of International Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, International Relations, International Political Sociology, Millennium, Politics, International Studies Review, and Citizenship Studies. Lee is (co-) author or editor of fourteen books, including Times of Terror: Discourse, Temporality and the War on Terror, Cyberterrorism: Understanding, Assessment and ResponseCounter-Radicalisation: Critical PerspectivesSecurity: A Critical Introduction, Terrorism Online: Politics, Law and Technology, Anti-Terrorism, Citizenship and Security, and the award-winning textbook Terrorism: A Critical Introduction.

Lee’s research has been externally funded by sources including the ESRC, AHRC, Australian Research Council, NATO, and the US Office of Naval Research. He engages with a range of think tanks, advocacy groups, security professionals and charities in his research, and has submitted evidence to bodies such as the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (Australia) and the UK Home Office. Lee has supervised and examined PhD students working on a range of topics including terrorism, cyberterrorism, counter-terrorism and political communication.

As the above indicates, Lee's research is frequently collaborative and often interdisciplinary in nature. Previous collaborators have included scholars working in diverse fields including Law, Criminology, Media Studies, Communication Studies, Political Science, and Engineering.

Lee is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and the GCRF Peer Review College. Between 2011 and 2014 Lee co-convened the BISA Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group, and he is co-founder and co-director of the multidisciplinary Cyberterrorism Project:

From January 2020, Lee will be working on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project with Tim Legrand, titled The Proscription of Terrorist Organisations in Illiberal States. Earlier funded research includes: British [Muslim] Values (AHRC) which employed video autoethnographies to explore the impact of ideas around 'British Values' on Muslim communities in East Anglia; ESRC-funded work with Michael Lister (Oxford Brookes University) on the impacts of anti-terrorism powers on citizenship and security across the UK; and work with Stuart Macdonald (Swansea University) and others on cyberterrorism and cybersecurity, which attracted funding from NATO and other sources.

Current research projects include work on the politics of COVID-19, on obituaries of 'terrorist' figures, and on the international politics of The Gruffalo.

To find out more about his research, please check out Lee's personal website, follow him on Twitter @LeeJarvisPols, or get in touch via email.


  • 2017 - Present: Professor of International Politics, UEA
  • 2015 - Present: Reader in International Security, UEA
  • 2014 - 2015: Senior Lecturer in International Security, UEA
  • 2008-2013: Lecturer A, Lecturer B, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Swansea University
  • 2007-2008: Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Oxford Brookes University
  • 2003-2007: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Birmingham

Academic Background

Lee read for a BA (Hons) in Politics at the University of Nottingham. He completed his MA in Political Science (Research Methods) and PhD at the University of Birmingham’s Department of Political Science and International Studies.

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