E: bah3@st-andrews.ac.uk

Brian is a Criminal Psychologist whose as a practitioner ‘turned’ academic from the policing, military and government and arena of terrorism prevention, organisational planning and industry preparation now conducts research into terrorism, societal impact, psychology, international relations, security, aviation and law enforcement. He has over 18 years operational experience in this field.

Brian holds an MBA (distinction) and an Honours Grade BSc in Criminology and Psychology and is a guest reviewer for both the Journal of Terrorism Research and Terrorism and Political Violence. He is an Associate of the Centre for Security Research (CeSeR, Edinburgh University) and visiting lecturer at Napier University.

Brian’s contribution to publications includes his funded research on the Scottish Referendum covering the Seminar Series ‘Security in Scotland, with or without constitutional change’, Edinburgh University.


Thesis title

What impact does the perception of aviation terrorism have on passengers?


Thesis summary

Terrorism is a dynamic and ever evolving risk to society, industry and individuals. Travellers whether frequent fliers; business travellers or tourists make some form of rational choice when it comes to flight and aviation travel choices. Brian’s research aims to identify where and why… or in deed ‘if’ the terrorism risk causes an impact on a traveller’s choice of mode/route/airline whilst contextualising the political and economic pressures profit, security measures and time ‘delays’ can bring by providing an effective security deterrent against aviation being the target of terrorism.

Supervisors: Dr Jeffrey Murer and Dr Diego Muro