Nick Brooke

Nick Brooke

Associate Lecturer


Nick Brooke is an Associate Lecturer in Terrorism and Political Violence at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, a position he has held since January 2016. He holds an MA in Politics from the University of Edinburgh, an MLitt in Terrorism Studies from the University of St Andrews and a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews.

Nick’s first academic monograph Terrorism and Nationalism in the United Kingdom: The Absence of Noise examines the relationship between nationalism and political violence in the United Kingdom, considering why political violence was a greater feature of the nationalist movements in some parts of the British Isles and not others. This book makes important contributions to the study of the causes of terrorism and draws attention to under-studied movements. His research more generally focuses on the causes of terrorism and the circumstances under which terrorist movements emerge. Further to this, Nick works on nationalism, non-violent protest and identity and the interplay between these phenomena, as well as Scottish and British politics and representations of political violence in popular culture.

Dr Brooke serves as Academic Co-ordinator for the Certificate in Terrorism Studies, and teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In April 2019 he received the Student Association’s 2018/2019 Teaching Excellence Award for Academic Mentorship.

Office: Room 2.37, New Arts Building

Office Hours: Thursday 12-3pm (or by appointment)

T: (0)1334 461921


Terrorism and Nationalism in the United Kingdom: The Absence of Noise. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2018.


Edited Chapters

‘Terrorism and Nationalism’ in the Research Handbook on Nationalism, Edited by Liah Greenfeld, Edward Elgar, Forthcoming

“When does terrorism emerge? Root Causes” in Contemporary Terrorism Studies, Edited by Diego Muro and Tim Wilson, Oxford University Press, Forthcoming

“House of Cards and the War on Terror” in House of Cards: Critical Essays on the Netflix Series, Edited by Scott Stoddart, McFarland and Co., Forthcoming.

“Scotland and the Politics of Intelligence Accountability” (With Colin Atkinson and Brian Harris), in Security in a Small Nation, Edited by Dr Andrew Neal; Open Book Publishers, 2017.


Review Articles

Identity, History, and Political Violence, Political Psychology, 39:2, 2018, 495-500 


Book Reviews

Review of The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution, Journal of Intelligence and National Security, 2016

Review of Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the global jihadist movement: what everyone needs to know, Journal of Intelligence and National Security, 2016.




Violence in Deeply-Divided Societies (IR3045)

Bloodshed is what tends to keep divided societies in the headlines: yet the nature of this violence often remains under-examined as a political force in its own right. This module seeks to explain what drives processes of violence in deeply divided societies with particular emphasis on what happens at the grassroots and between communities. The module combines theory with in-depth consideration of four case studies from across Europe and the Middle East, taking a longer-term view of conflict in Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia and Iraq.



State Responses to Terrorism (IR5923 [FT] IR5955 [PT]) 

This module takes a multi-faceted approach to studying state responses to terrorism. It addresses the effectiveness and crucially, the ethical implications of particular kinds of counter-terrorism, as well as the wider impact that responding to terrorism has on conflicts, and the relationship between states, terrorists, and society. Topics range from historical to contemporary debates, from domestic examples to international. Students are afforded the opportunity to delve deeper into case studies, exploring responses to terrorism in detail and gaining an appreciation for the role that counter-terrorism has had in shaping conflicts, for better and worse. Through integrated learning and teaching seminars, students will debate and discuss such issues as the security-liberty nexus, the effect that new technology such as drones has had on counter-terrorism, the value of intelligence, and the central importance of respect for civil liberties in defending society from non-state terrorism.


Fundamental Issues and Structures of Terrorism (IR5951)

This module is the first in our distance-learning MLitt Terrorism and Political Violence programme, and is designed to present core conceptual issues. These issues will include: Terrorism as a field of study – emergence and evolution; Definitional, conceptual, typological and theoretical issues; History of Terrorism; Ideology, Religion and Terrorism; Terrorist Organisations and Campaigns – stand-alone terrorism and terrorism combined with guerrilla warfare and political party work; Terrorism and Democracy – legal and human rights issues; Terrorism and Repression – counter-insurgency and counter-terror; Terrorism and Domestic and International Conflict – asymmetric warfare and humanitarian issues; Terrorism and Crime – linkage and law enforcement issues; Terrorism and Communication – propaganda and psychological warfare. We will cover three structures in relation to these concepts. Inside terrorist organisations and their support groups: Profiles of the most active terrorist groups – case studies. The structure of the international system and international counter-terrorist measures. Victims of terrorism and their national and transnational support organisations.



Issues in International Relations (IR2006)

Terrorism and Liberal Democracy (IR5007)

Terrorism Studies Electives (IR5954)


2018/2019 University of St Andrews Student Association: Teaching Award for Academic Mentorship

‘The Absence of Noise: Scotland and Political Violence’ Transnational influences, local manifestations: Political violence in Europe”, Helsinki, May 2018

‘Loners and Lone Wolves: Reporting Lone-Actor terrorism’ Society for Terrorism Research, New York, August 2017

‘Museum Security in the Age of Mass Casualty Terrorism’, Society for Terrorism Research, New York, August 2017

‘Europe of the Regions: Scotland, nationalism and Europe’ University of Edinburgh, April 2017

‘The Bulldog that Didn’t Bark: The Emergence of English Nationalism?’ Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Glasgow, June 2017

‘The End of the Third Wave? The Decline of Ethno-Nationalist Terrorism’. International Studies Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, February 2017

‘Scotland and the Politics of Intelligence Accountability’. Centre for Security Research, University of Edinburgh, October 2015

‘The Absence of Noise: Scotland and Political Violence’. Society for Terrorism Research Annual Conference, September 2015

‘Political Violence in Wales and Scotland: An Overview’ Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, April 2013.



Administrative Roles

Contemporary Voices in International Relations, Reviews Editor

School of International Relations Equality and Diversity Committee, Committee Member

School of International Relations Global Challenges competition, Academic Mentor