Sarah Marsden


University of Lancaster


Sarah is a lecturer in Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University. She previously worked at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at St Andrews University.

After completing a Masters in Forensic Psychology, she has carried out a variety of research looking at issues of disenfranchisement and radicalisation in community contexts; community and statutory efforts to engage with those convicted of terrorism offences; and assessing success and failure in terrorism and counter-terrorism, with a particular focus on al-Qaeda and Global Jihad.

She interested in violent political contention, social movements, terrorism, and state complicity in non-state actor violence. Through her research she explores the processes implicated in collective violence, and the practices that emerge from, and are (re)produced, through political claim-making.

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MARSDEN, S.V. (2011). Strengthening Trans-national Approaches to Reducing Reoffending. London Probation: Managing Terrorism Act Offenders. London: London Probation Trust.

MARSDEN, S.V. & SCHMID, A.P. (2011). Typologies of terrorism. In A.P. Schmid, (Ed.). Handbook of Terrorism Research: Research, Theories and Concepts. London & New York: Routledge.

QURESHI, T. & MARSDEN, S.V. (2010). Furthering the counter-narrative via educational and social grassroots projects. In E. Akerboom, (Ed.). Edited Volume on Counter-narratives, (pp. 132-143). Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism: The Hague.

MARSDEN, S.V. (2010). What role does punishment play in deterring crime? Practical, theoretical and ethical perspectives. In J. R. Adler and J. M. Gray, (Eds.). Forensic Psychology: Concepts, debates and practice, (2nd Ed.). Willan Publishers.

MARSDEN, S.V., ADLER, J.R. & RYAN, L. (2010). Prevent project: A scoping of community provision and preparedness to engage with released Terrorism Act prisoners. London: Forensic Psychological Services.

MARSDEN, S.V. (2008). Hate crime. Runnymede Bulletin. Winter.

MARSDEN, S.V. (2008). Stockwell Green Community Services and the SEED and PROSEED projects: the response of a Muslim-led organisation in addressing social exclusion, economic disadvantage and radicalisation. London: London Probation Services.

MARSDEN, S.V. (2008). Safer London Foundation Evaluation 2007-2008. London: Forensic Psychological Services.


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