Research Team of TAPVA SRN University of Birmingham
Nicolas Buhler Nicolas is an MA International Relations student at the University of Birmingham with a BA History from Mcgill University, Canada. His focus is on terrorism and counterterrorism strategies, as well as the geopolitics of the Middle-East. Following his MA, he’ll return to France, his home country, to work in the security sector
Maxwell Campfield Maxwell is a second year student at the University of Birmingham studying BA International Relations with Political Science. He has a specific interest in the discourses surrounding terrorism and political violence, particularly in relation to ISIS, Northern Africa and the Middle East. Maxwell is keen to understand why ‘western’ approaches towards, and depictions of various terrorist groups around the world differ, and the reason for these varying depictions by ‘western’ governments and media.
Rochelle Mackenzie-Spooner Rochelle is a second year student at the University of Birmingham studying a BA in International Relations with Political Science. Her main interest is analysing strategic security and military policies to counter the forever changing contemporary terrorist threat. She also is intrigued by the discourses surrounding terror and political violence as a justification for military intervention. Rochelle aspires to work within the United Nations Security Council, after completing an MA in the field of security studies.
Sara Choudhary Sara is a second year International Relations student at the University of Birmingham. Her interest in terrorism and political violence stems from an interest in social justice and the use of violence to pursue social change, with a focus on gender and race relations. Also being interested in religious terrorism, she hopes to investigate the notion that religion inherently promotes violence, and question if some do more than others.
Sian Dempster Sian is a Second Year BA student studying International Relations and Political Science at the University of Birmingham. Her interests include the role of women within terrorist activity and the differing impacts that violence has with relation to gender. In addition to this, Sian is interested in political violence occurring beyond the scope of the Middle East, particularly around the Horn of Africa.
Jack is a first year student at the University of Birmingham and is studying International Relations. His main area of interest is US foreign policy, in particular the USA’s response to terrorism. He is also interested in the growing discontent with status quo politics and how this can spill over into acts of political violence.
Rebecca Emery Rebecca is a first year student at the University of Birmingham studying BA Political Science and International Relations. Her main interest within the field of terrorism and political violence are focused on counter-terrorism policy both in a global sense and here in the UK. She hopes to take the politics and policy module next year to further her understanding in this field.