Erika Brady

Erika Brady


Erika completed an MA in International Relations at University College Cork, Ireland and began her PhD research at CSTPV in the University of St Andrews in September 2015. Her research project is focused on evaluating CONTEST, the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy. This analysis is undertaken through a mixed methods research design, specifically a ‘sequential exploratory’ design. The first phase of the research is qualitative and involved selective document review (coding through NVivo software), interviews and content analysis. Following this, the quantitative phase will see the development of a composite indicator, or index, and assess this tool’s effectiveness in evaluating counter-terrorism activities. The research is developed in this way in an effort to address the lacuna in the area of empirical counter-terrorism policy evaluation.

Erika has been involved in many different projects including working as a Guest Editor for a Special Issue of the Journal of Terrorism Research which was published in February 2017. Erika also works as a tutor for the School of International Relations at sub-honours and honours level, as a casual lecturer for two non-Degree courses on International Relations and on Terrorism, as a Certificate in Terrorism Studies Teaching Assistant, CSTPV’s e-learning course and as a Course Coordinator for the School of International Relations’ Summer School in July 2019. She has also designed and presented an e-resource on Academic Writing Skills for the Certificate in Terrorism Studies. Erika is a member of the editorial board for the School of International Relations’ in-house academic journal ‘Contemporary Voices in International Relations’ and is an Associate Fellow for the Centre of Global Constitutionalism, situated in the School of International Relations in St Andrews.

Thesis Title: Evaluating the UK’s Counterterrorism Strategy through a Mixed-Methods Research Design.

Supervisors: Dr Peter Lehr and Dr Bernhard Blumenau

Counter-terrorism strategies, terrorist events, political violence and conflict, radicalisation, international organisations, diplomacy, Middle East politics and history, mixed-methodology.

Brady, Erika (2019) Trends and Tactics, Safety and Security International, Edition 1/2009

Brady, Erika (2019) Book Review: Wars of Terror, Gabrielle Marranci,Contemporary Voices: The St Andrews Journal of International Relations, Vol 1, Issue 2.

Brady, Erika (2018) Book Review: Domestic counter terrorism in a global world: post 9/11 institutional structures and cultures in Canada and the United Kingdom, Critical Studies on Terrorism. DOI:

Brady, Erika (2018) Grounds for Optimism, Safety & Security International, Edition 3/2018

Brady, Erika (2017) After ISIS, Safety & Security International, Edition 6/2017

Brady, E (2017) An analysis of security challenges arising from the Syrian Conflict – Islamic terrorism, refugee flows and political and social impacts in Europe, Special Issue of the Journal of Terrorism Research, Volume 8: Issue 1. DOI:

Brady, E (2016) An analysis of the UKs counter-terrorism strategy ‘CONTEST’ and the challenges in its evaluation, Sicherheitspolitik-blog, University of Frankfurt, October 2016. Available at:

‘The Role of Youth and Women as Preventers of Violent Extremism: National Case Studies – The United Kingdom, Union for the Mediterranean Event, 19 July 2019. (Invited Speaker)

‘The Prevent Duty in Universities: Lessons Three Years On’. International Security Expo 2018: Education Security Conference, London, 28 November 2018. (Invited Speaker)

‘Assessing the UK’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy: Benefits, Challenges and Perspectives’, 25th IPSA World Congress of Political Science, Brisbane, Australia, 21-25 July 2018.

‘Does prevent work? A qualitative analysis of radicalisation in the UK’, Workshop on Islamic Radicalisation in Europe, organised by the Center for Strategic and Defense Studies of the National University of Public Service and the Migration Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary, 6 December 2017. (Invited Speaker)

‘Evaluating the UK’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy: A Focused Qualitative Analysis’, Graduate Workshop on Conflict Dynamics, University of Oxford, 20-21 September 2017.