Research team

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Andrew is a Senior Lecturer in Security Studies at Birmingham City University and the principle investigator on the Desecuritising Higher Education project.  His research to date spans two main areas: firstly, exploring the impact of UK counter-extremism policies and practices within UKHE and secondly, investigating discursive representations of security phenomenon such as terrorism and cyber-threats.  Andrew’s research has been published in journals including, Perspectives on Terrorism, The European Journal of International Security, Critical Studies on Terrorism and Global Society and with publishers including Routledge, Springer and most recently Palgrave Pivot (2019) in a co-authored book alongside fellow project members Imran Awan and Keith Spiller.

Dr Keith Spiller

Dr Keith Spiller is Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University and a member of the Desecuritising Higher Education project team.  Keith's research focuses on the social consequences of surveillance and monitoring, with an emphasis on the impact of governmental regulatory policy. His recent co-authored book (Palgrave Pivot, 2019) examines new forms of public duty mandated by the UK Counter Terrorism and Security Act and its bearing on the educational sector. Presently Keith is working on the Desecuritising Higher Education project and he has also published work on eBorders, money laundering, CCTV, lifelogging, the Prevent Strategy and the impacts of security regimes on organisations and individuals.

Professor Imran Awan

Professor Imran Awan is Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University University and a member of the Desecuritising Higher Education project team.  Imran and has conducted cutting-edge research on crime, terrorism and victimisation.  His work on the Prevent Strategy and countering extremism, spans over a decade and he has published a number of academic articles and books in the subject area such as Extremism, Counter-Terrorism and Policing (Ashgate, 2013). He currently acts as an independent advisor to the UK Government on issues related to anti-Muslim hate crime and has been described by the British Muslim Awards as one of the “most accomplished and influential Muslims in Britain”.  As well as the present research on the Desecuritising Higher Education Project Professor Awan has conducted research projects for the ESRC (Countering Terrorism and Syria project) and has been commissioned to produce high-impact research for different stakeholders and organisations.

Ben Campbell

Ben Campbell is a research assistant on the Project. After studying journalism at the University of Wolverhampton, Ben obtained an MA in Policy and Social Research from Aston University, where his focus was on American health policy and the media’s impact on policymaking. More recent research interests include local economics, housing and welfare. He has worked on these issues for third sector groups such as the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, Localise West Midlands and the Citizens Advice Bureau.