Society for Terrorism Research
The Society for Terrorism Research (STR) is an international, multi-disciplinary organization of theoretical and empirical researchers whose mission is to enhance knowledge and understanding of terrorism and political violence.
STR was founded in 2006 by Samuel Justin Sinclair. He recognized the need for an international perspective, with a multidisciplinary integration, of the emerging knowledge in the field of terrorism and political violence. Over the years, STR has focused on two primary vehicles to support these efforts – the publication of a peer reviewed journal and annual gatherings of researchers and practitioners to share findings and best practices. In 2021, we are adding an online webinar series to advance our mission.
In 2007, Dr. Sinclair led STR to the signing of a contract with publisher Taylor and Francis and the launch of STR’s flagship journal Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. BSTPA’s focus is on research and theory addressing the causes and effects of terrorist activity from a behavioral science perspective. Under the leadership of Rachel Monaghan and Lyndsey Harris as co-editors, as of 2019 BSTPA is ranked as a Q1 journal for Political Science and International Relations and Sociology and Political Science by Scimago.
In 2007, in collaboration with Coloquios Internationales sobre Cerebro y Agresión (CICA), Tali Walters organized STR’s first annual International Conference in Madrid, Spain. Over the years, participation in the annual STR conference has become an important event in the academic cycle of most researchers, practitioners, and students in the field of terrorism and security studies. In 2016 Lyndsey Harris organized the first annual Postgraduate Conference at University of Nottingham, England. Each year, one postgraduate student is awarded the Best Student Paper Prize, a coveted award contributing to future career success. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 conferences were postponed.
In 2022, in response to demand for video based, online training, academic exchange, and networking opportunities, STR will launch a webinar series.
Alice LoCicero (2006 – 2007)
Samuel Justin Sinclair (2007 – 2010)
Tali K. Walters (2010 – 2014)
Rachel Monaghan (2014 – present)
International Multi-Disciplinary Conferences
2007 – Madrid, Spain
2008 – Zokopane, Poland
2009 – Belfast, Northern Ireland
2010 – Cartegena, Columbia
2011 – Los Angeles, USA
2012 – Burgas, Bulgaria
2013 – London, England
2014 – Boston, USA
2015 – Birmingham, England
2016 – The Hague, The Netherlands
2017 – New York City, USA
2018 – Liverpool, England
2019 – Oslo, Norway
2016 – University of Nottingham, England
2017 – Ulster University, Northern Ireland
2018 – Swansea University, Wales
2019 – Coventry University, England
2021 –De Montfort University, England
The Society for Terrorism Research (STR) is an international, multi-disciplinary organization of theoretical and empirical researchers in such behavioral sciences as anthropology, biology, economics, political science, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, and others. Its mission is to enhance knowledge and understanding of terrorism and political violence.
Research on terrorism and political violence should include and integrate theoretical frameworks and findings from multiple disciplines. Thus informed, more effective policies worldwide will be able to reflect diverse models of complex causation. A new generation of research and analysis requires a forum to support efforts to coherently communicate substantive additions to knowledge of terrorism and political violence.
This forum is strengthened by STR’s journal, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, International Conferences, annual Postgraduate Conferences, and online Webinar Series.
Winners of the Best Student Paper Prize
2013 Hugo Rosemont: ‘Private sector engagement in the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy: a new agenda,’ published in Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 2014, Vol. 6(2), pp. 147-161.
2014 Kate Barrelle: ‘Pro-integration: disengagement from and life after extremism,’ published in Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 2015, Vol. 7(2), pp. 129-142.
2015 Giorgio Del Vecchio: ‘Political violence as shared terrain of militancy: Red Brigades, social movements and the discourse on arms in the early Seventies,’ published in Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 2016, Vol. 8(3), pp. 212-226.
2016 Noreen Josefa van Elk: ‘Terrorism and the good life: toward a virtue-ethical framework for morally assessing terrorism and counter-terrorism,’ published in Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 2017, Vol. 9(2), pp. 139-152.
2017 Paige V. Pascarelli: ‘Identities ‘Betwixt and between’: analyzing Belgian representation in ‘homegrown’ extremism,’ published in Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 2018, Vol. 10(3), pp. 225-248.
2018 Simon Copeland: ‘Telling stories of terrorism: a framework for applying narrative approaches to the study of militant's self-accounts,’ published in Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 2019, Vol. 11(3), pp. 232-253.
2019 Philipp Hirsch: ‘Politics as counterterrorism: the role of diplomacy in the West German response to Palestinian terror, 1970–75,’ published in Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 2020, Vol. 12(3), pp. 186-202.
2021 Annelotte Janse: ‘From Letters to Bombs across Borders. Transnational Ties of West German Right-Wing Extremists, 1972-1978,’ to be published in Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 2022.