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Erika Brady



Erika has lived and worked in China, Canada, Belgium and the UK. Originally from Ireland, she completed an MA in International Relations at University College Cork. Since arriving in St Andrews, Erika has written articles on the Middle East and Africa for the St Andrews Economist, an online student-run publication. She has also worked as Guest Editor for a Special Issue of the Journal of Terrorism Research titled “Security and Counter-Terrorism Challenges arising from the Syrian Conflict”, published in February 2017. Erika works as a tutor for the School of International Relations at sub-honours level, as an Academic Skills Workshop Leader and as a Certificate in Terrorism Studies Teaching Assistant, CSTPV’s e-learning course. She also undertakes ad-hoc proofreading and research assignments as appropriate

Thesis Title

Evaluating the UK’s Counterterrorism Strategy through a mixed-methods research design

Supervisors: Dr Peter Lehr and Dr Bernhard Blumenau

Research Interests

National and international counterterrorism policies, terrorist group dynamics, crisis communications in media and its impact on policy, political violence and conflict, diplomacy, Middle East politics and history.


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.

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


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