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Dr Sarah Marsden

Lecturer in Radicalisation and Protest in a Digital Age

Sarah Marsden

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 592496

Office Hours:

I'm not teaching this term, so won't have regular office hours. If you would like to see me, drop me an email and we'll arrange a time to meet.

Research overview

My research is concerned with resistance, power, political violence, protest, and social change. I'm interested in how and why people practice resistance, how activists pursue political change, and how people make sense of their journeys through political contention. My approach is interdisciplinary, employing primary and archival data to understand different forms of contentious politics, from transnational social movements to violent militant networks, grassroots activists, and those practicing everyday forms of resistance. I have explored movements committed to a range of ideological positions including militant Islamists, anti-fascists, radical environmental activists, and far-right religious nationalists. I am also interested in understanding the relationship between space, place and protest, both in the UK and internationally.  

PhD supervision

I would be happy to collaborate with students in the following areas: terrorism and political violence with a particular focus on militant Islamism and religious nationalism; 'radicalisation' and the psychological and sociological processes associated with involvement in violent politics; social movements, activism and protest, in particular the role of ideology and identity in political contention.

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