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 1.35, New Arts Building

Office Hours: Wednesday 10am – 12noon (or by appointment)

T: (0)1334 461921


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


Journal Articles

(with Colin Atkinson and Donna Yates) “‘Now that you mention it, museums probably are a target’: museums, terrorism and security in the United Kingdom”, in Museum Management and Curatorship, 2019. 

(with Colin Atkinson and Donna Yates) “Researching a Risky Business? The Use of Freedom of Information to Explore Counterterrorism Security at Museums in the United Kingdom”, in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 2019.  


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.

“Terrorismo Y Nacionalismo Después de 1968” in Después del 68: La deriva terrorist en Occidente, Edited by Juan Avilés, José Manuel Azcona y Matteo Re (eds.)

“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 two key case studies, taking a longer-term view of conflict in Northern Ireland and Yugoslavia.



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