The Political Violence & Terrorism Specialist Group of the UK’s Political Studies Association (PSA) is an international, non-profit network of leading experts on Political Violence & Terrorism. Its mission is to support research, organise scholarly events and provide a link between academics, practitioners, policymakers and the media.

The primary aims of the group are:


  • To promote the study of Political Violence & Terrorism;
  • To disseminate research on relevant subjects;
  • To promote a critical discussion of the field between academics, practitioners, and policymakers;
  • To foster collaboration and the exchange of ideas and research at subnational, national, and international level;
  • To facilitate a group that is able to respond to current events and needs in a timely and critical manner;
  • To promote the dissemination of good practice in the teaching on Political Violence & Terrorism.


Membership is open to all academics, teachers, postgraduate students, practitioners, policymakers and media professionals with an interest in the study of Political Violence & Terrorism, as long as they are current members of the PSA. Membership is not limited to the UK.


The PSA’s network of 60 Specialist Groups offers a research focus for all members and covers a vast range of specialities within the discipline. SGs provide an opportunity for groups of academics who share a common interest in a particular area of the discipline to organise meetings, coordinate communications, and as outlets for research – as well as giving PSA members opportunities for developing their academic impact and professional development.”


Convenors can view the SG Handbook here.


If you would like to learn more or have any questions, do get in touch via or with Arianna Giovannini (, the Specialist Groups Trustee

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Akil Awan

Role: Chair
Institution: Royal Holloway University of London

Maria Norris

Role: Convenor
Institution: London School of Economics

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