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Hilary Aked – Independent Researcher
Research Interests: State racism; Civil society and social movements; Israel and Palestinian liberation; Counter-terrorism and counter-extremism; Islamophobia
Smina Akhtar – School of Political and Social Sciences, University of Glasgow
Research Interests: State racism; Social movements; Anti-racist resistance; State theory
State violence; Racial Capitalism; Deaths in custody.
Basharat Ali – Jamia Millia Islamia
Research Interests: Political Violence, Social Movements, Colonialism, Post Colonial IR, Conflict Studies, Kashmir.
Mudasir Amin – Jamia Millia Islamia
Research Interests: Humanitarian Aid; NGOs; Kashmir; Refugees and Migration.
Alexandru Axinte-Tofan – Independent Researcher
Research Interests: Social movement studies (emphasis on mid to late 20th century Western-European protest movements); propositional alternatives to capitalism; nationalism and the construction of national identities; cultural studies.
Mina Petra Baginova – Charles University Prague
Research Interests: Social Movements, Ethnography, Feminism, Protests, Democracy, Crisis of Capitalism, Post-Socialism, East Central Europe, Latin America
Francesca Barp – University of Lucerne
Research Interests: Border studies; migration studies; walls; racism; radical democracy; political theory; migrant self organization; space and territoriality; bodies; urban struggles; biopolitics; performativity and visibility; gendered power relations; materialist thought.
George Francis Bickers – University of Manchester
SVRN Co-Founder and Facilitator
Research Interests: anarchism; urban space; conflict with the state; police violence and resistance; queer writing; women’s liberation; black power and liberation; the underground press; Mass popular and police mobilisation; veganism; civil defense and/as violence.
Kate Birkbeck – Yale University
Research Interests: Racial capitalism; paramilitary violence; US-state sponsored violence; liberation movements.
Abigail Bleach – University of Manchester
Research Interests: ecocriticism; localism; medievalism; Old English language and literature.
Sarah Bolger – University of Manchester
Research Interests: Gendered and sexual violences against women in women’s fiction in Ireland; Neoliberalism and women’s lives in Ireland during and after the Celtic Tiger; frustrated autonomy in post-Tiger Ireland; subjectivity and subjection in contemporary fiction by Irish women.
Hanno Brankamp – University of Oxford
Research Interests: Policing; militarisation; refugees; displacement; coloniality; camps; state power.
Francesco Buscemi – Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy
Research Interests: Civil war; insurgency; Armed non-statutory actors (ANSA); small arms and light weapons (SALW); rebel governance; SALW governance; character and functions of (armed) violence; Myanmar.
Ingri Buer – Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester
Research Interests: Peace formation; grass-root peace and non-violence projects; social justice; Brazil; favelas; black power and liberation; urban violence; state violence; cultural and structural violence; racism; marginalisation and criminalisation of the poor; crime in relation to peace and conflict studies; peace and conflict studies in the context of urban violence.
Tony Campbell – University of Southampton
Research Interests: Legal observing; activism in Latin American and the UK.
Martin Philip Coward – University of Manchester
Research Interests: Political violence; conflict in urban areas; drone warfare.
Laurence Cox – National University of Ireland Maynooth
Research Interests: Social movements, protest policing, Marxism, resource struggles, early western Buddhists, working-class community organising.
Teresa Crew – Bangor University
Research Interests: Victimology; social harm.
Emma Crowley – University of Bristol
Research Interests: Soviet, African, Caribbean and Latin American Literature, Socialism/Post-Socialism, Cold War Culture, Transnational feminism, Marxist theory, Space (Production of), Decolonial Theory, Refugee Studies, Borderlands.
Deanna Dadusc – University of Brighton
Research Interests: Criminalisation of Social Movements, State Violence, Criminalisation of Migrant Solidarity, Border Struggles, Squatting.
Andrew Delatolla – American University in Cairo
Research Interests: LGBTQ rights and activism; race, statehood and state formation; sexual violence; colonialism; Middle East and North Africa.
Angela Daly – Strathclyde University
Research Interests: Law; regulation; privacy and surveillance; colonialism; Ireland; Hong Kong.
Seher Dareen – City. University of London (graduate)
Research Interests: Use of state violence against its people.
Bec Devitt – Monash University
Research Interests: Hate speech; state-sponsored violence against minorities; Social Media and Disinformation in Sri Lanka and Myanmar.
André C. Drainville – Laval University, Québec City
Research Interests: International political economy; forms of resistance; capitalist globalization; subjectivity; subject formation.
Chris Ealham – SLU Madrid
Research Interests: Social movements; Anarchism; Social and Labour militancy; State repression.
Lizzie Evens – University College London
Research Interests: Policewomen; reproductive surveillance; undercover policing; abortion; queer history; carceral feminism; women’s roles as administrators in carceral infrastructures.
Jasmine Fish – Manchester Metropolitan University
Research Interests: Police and state violence; miscarriages of justice; organised crime; transnational crime; politics of imprisonment; gang cultures; racial justice; feminism.
Gabriel Funari – Center for the Study of Violence, University of Sao Paulo
Research Interests: Police violence; urban violence; paramilitarism; debates challenging state absence/weak governance discourse; anti-black violence in Brazil.
Matthew Guariglia – EFF/University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: History of policing, surveillance, race, empire, immigration restrictions and deportations, bureaucracy and administrative labor’s relationship to state violence.
Lorena Gazzoti – Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and CRASSH
Research Interests: Migration politics; borders, violence, neglect; humanitarianism; development; racism; North Africa; Southern Europe.
Simone Gomes – Universidade Federal de Pelotas
Research Interests: Urban conflict; social movements; police violence; movement’s violence.
Rebecca Ruth Gould – University of Birmingham
Research Interests: Theory and philosophy of violence; the critique of violence; anticolonialism; Muslim resistance to colonial rule (in the Caucuses especially).
Becca Hamilton – University of Cambridge
Research Interests: 19th century American literature; ecocriticism; Anthropocene studies; commodity fictions.
Kennetta Hammond Perry – De Montfort University
Research Interests: Archives of anti-Black state violence; racialized violence and the welfare state; ethics of constructing narratives of anti-Black violence.
Li Hang – HK Shue Yan University
Research Interests: Political Opportunity and Threat
Kyle Harvey – University of Melbourne & University of Tasmania
Research Interests: Nuclear weapons; nuclear testing; migration; radical thought; the social spaces of the left (US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific).
Kevin Hearty – Queen’s University, Belfast
Research Interests: Political violence; victimology; policing; counter-insurgency; lethal force; Ireland; state violence; critical criminology.
John Henry – University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Research Interests: Environmental protest; Labour militancy; Indigenous sovereignty; Canada and the US; State/Capital suppression of dissidence.
Kelly Holt – Guildford School of Acting
Research Interests: Working class protest in academia, access to higher education, mad studies, resilience as a practice of exclusion, prison theatre, currencies of cultural capital.
Umer Jan – University of Westminster
Research Interests: Indian state violence in Kashmir.
Andrew Johnson – University of California, Santa Barbara
Research Interests: political theory; American politics; international relations; history of police; abolitionism.
Emmanuel Jouai – University of Westminster
Research Interests: xenophobia, racism, homophobia, police brutality, medical violence, legitimisation of violence through knowledge production.
Berkey Kabalay – Baskent University
Research Interests: Indebtedness; Neoliberalism; Violence; Subjectivity.
Chris Kershaw – University of East Anglia
Research Interests: Anti-racist, anti-colonial transnational solidarities. Currently researching the place of Palestinians within global Black Power networks (specifically in relation to the UK & US).
Aarif Muhammad Khan – Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
Research Interests: Children in armed conflict, Juvenile Justice, Human Rights and Kashmir.
Anil Kahvecioglu – Bilkent University
Research Interests: Social Movements, Pro-Government Street Politics, Critical Theory.
Arin Keeble – Edinburgh Napier University
Research Interests: Contemporary Literature and Culture – Terrorism; Disaster; Neoliberalism; Slow Violence.
Rana Khalaf – Humanitarianism and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester
Research Interests: Civil society; state formation during conflict; local governance during conflict; women in conflict contexts; peace and conflict; Country focus–Syria.
Priti Laishram – Department of Sociology, University of Delhi
Research Interests: Resistance, Popular culture, Art and activism, Social Movement, Conflict studies.
Colin Wayne Leach – Barnard College/Columbia University
Research Interests: Status and morality in identity, affect, and motivation; cognitive appraisal, emotion, and coping; prejudice, sterotypes, isms; oppression, protest, and resistance; social and political dissensus; meta-theory, methods, statistics; trans-disciplinary approaches (Africana studies, social behavioural systems science, Feminist science).
Iman Lechkar – Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Research Interests: Everyday violence; state violence; symbolic violence; Islam; secularism; minorities; conversion to Islam; religious and secular masculinities.
Sohyung Lim – University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Research Interests: Spatialities in social movements; state responses and violence regarding catastrophic events; affective geographies in governing emergencies.
Travis Linnemann – Kansas State University
Research Interests: police violence, war on drugs, war on terror
Eveline Lubbers – Undercover Research Group
Research Interests: Policing and protest, undercover policing / spycops, democratic accountability, state secrecy, corporate spying, corporate intelligence, revolving door.
Dr Thomas MacManus – Queen Mary, University of London
Research Interests: State crime; Corporate crime
Bharat Malkani – School of Law and Politics, University of Cardiff
Research Interests: Death penalty; retributivism; miscarriages of justice; interactions of human rights law and criminal justice systems; racial justice.
Maria D. Mari – Kilometro Cero PR
Research Interests: State violence, Police use of force, repression of dissent. Km0 aspires to a Puerto Rico in which the Puerto Rican State protects human life, freedoms and dignity in the pursuit of public safety, for a more democratic and just society.
David Mckendrick – Glasgow Caledonian University
Research Interests: PREVENT; Suspect Communities; Anarchy.
Andrea Michelle Morris – University of Rochester
Research Interests: Civil conflict; terrorism; political violence; the Islamic State; foreign fighters.
Laura Monfleur – Tours University, CITERES, EMAM
Research Interests: Securitization to control public and residential spaces in Downtown, Cairo after the revolution in an authoritarian regime (PhD); Social and political geography, qualitative methods; Repression, militarization of urban spaces, policing, power, practices (adaptation, constraints, resistance, informal), space-time in relation to security and insecurity.
Ines Morales Bernados – Surcos Urbanos
Research Interests: urban movements, migrant movements, social reproduction, state repression, agroecology.
Cristopher Morales Bonilla – Independent researcher
Research Interests: Postanarchism; heterodox Marxism; Animal rights; left-wing populism.
Paul Mukwaya – Makerere University
Research Interests: Maintaining order in capital cities by dominant ruling elites.
Parthasarathi Muthukkaruppan – EFL University, Hyderabad, India
Research Interests: Histories of political violence, Literature Media Cinema and Violence, Institutions and violence, State Terror and policing.
Jas Nijjar – Brunel University London
Research Interests: Institutional Racism; Policing; Militarization; State Violence; Incarceration; Racial Capitalism; Anti-Racism; Abolitionism.
Ximena Osorio Garate – Graduate Institute, Geneva (IHEID)
Research Interests: Feminist theory; Postcolonialism; Reproductive violence; STS
Riddhi Gyan Pandey – Graduate Institute, Geneva
Research Interests: Anthropology and Sociology, Visual and Material Culture, Incarceration, Prisons, Anthropology of Institutions, Writing Practices.
Niharika Pandit – London School of Economics
Research Interests: gender, space, military occupation; home; militarisation; cultures of militarism.
Ian Pemberton – University of Manchester
Research Interests: World-Systems; capitalism; imperialism; Post-colonialism; energy humanities; literary representations of combined and uneven development; Arabic literatures and cultures, particularly petrocultures.
Shaun J. Pitt – Northumbria University
Research Interests: Anarchism (particularly the network surrounding Piotr Kropotkin), Liberalism, activist networks specifically centred around anti-imperialism, land reform, women’s rights and nationalism, also the history of social science academic disciplines all around the period 1886-1921.
Piyush Pushkar – University of Manchester
Research Interests: NHS; state welfare; moral anthropology; accountability.
Michal Rauszer – University of Warsaw
Research Interests: Resistance Against the State in History; East Europe Social Movements; Racial Capitalism; Peasants Movements.
Olatz Ribera-Almandoz – Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)
Research Interests: Social movements, grassroots resistance, migration and border studies, social reproduction and everyday politics, state theory, space and scale, autonomy.
Franca Roibal – Moravian College
Research Interests: Race, inequality, performance, resistance music, Latin American Studies.
Matt Rosen – Independent Researcher
Research Interests: Anthropotechnics; biopolitics; history of conspiracy; magical resistance; performing activism.
Kirsty Ryder – University of York
Research Interests: Women’s suffrage; material culture; women’s rights and representation; feminist theory; museum theory; social movements; politics and identity creation.
Marcelo Ryngelblum – Universidade de Sao Paulo
Research Interests: Police brutality; police violence; spatial analysis; state violence; drug abuse; harm reduction; mental health; public health.
Ayse Sargin – University of Essex
Research Interests: Ideology and identity in grassroots resistances, political economy of energy generation and socio-environmental conflicts in neoliberalism, anti-capitalist movements and their policing.
Zaynab Seedat – University of York
Research Interests: Terrorism
Micol Seigel – Indiana University, Bloomington
Research Interests: police, prisons, abolition, activism, racial capitalism, US, Brazil, transnational method, scale.
Gökhan Şensönmez – Bilkent University, Ankara
Research Interests: Contemporary Turkish Politics; Memory and Identity; Prison Narratives; History of Political Movements in Turkey.
Azfar Shafi – CAGE
Research Interests: PREVENT; surveillance; counter-terrorism policing.
Dr Jo Shah – Social Performance Network; Performing Activism Working Group facilitator
Research Interests: Visual and Social Cultures; Educational policy as state violence
Racism as imperialist state violence.
Zeeshan Ahmad Shah – Jamia Millia Islamia
Research Interests: Political violence, State Terrorism, Women in conflict.
T. Sharkawi – Lancaster University
Research Interests: Social movement research; critical citizenship studies; political behaviour; political culture and responses to protest and social movements in authoritarian states; protest and social movements in the Arab world; activist movements of refugees in Europe; extraterritorial protest and social movements.
Jon Shute – University of Manchester
Research Interests: Criminology and mass violence; bereaved family activism; ecocide; syndemics.
Professor Joe Sim – Liverpool John Moores University
Research Interests: Prisons; masculinity; violence
Simon Springer – Newcastle University, Australia
Research Interests: anarchism; Cambodia; critical discourse studies; geographies of violence; homelessness; legal geographies; neoliberalism; unschooling; veganism.
Philip E. Sulter – University of Manchester
SVRN Co-Founder and Facilitator
Research Interests: World-literature; War on Terror; Postcolonialism; Post-Apartheid writing; Protest theatre; Post-9/11 Literature; Terrorism narratives; Technologies of war.
Caio Teixeira – Milano-Bicocca University
Research Interests: Social Movements, Collective Action and Urban Politics.
Emma Tollefsen – University of Manchester
Research Interests: Anthropological ideas of identity and community, State formation; Social organisation and politics; conflict with the state; anarchism; police violence and public resistance; anthropology of space; human rights and cultural relativism; hegemonic relationships.
Carlos van Tongeren – University of Manchester
Research Interests: Post-totalitarian cultures; memories of dictatorial violence; performance arts and activism; art and lived democracy.
Simone Tulumello – University of Lisbon, Institute of Social Sciences, Urban Transitions Hub
Research Interests: Urban security and safety; urban violence; urban fear; crime prevention; security policies; policing; neoliberalism; austerity.
Aylwyn Walsh – University of Leeds/Ministry of Untold Stories
Research Interests: Abolition; prisons; social performance; participation; arts pedagogies; protest; edgework; violence
Grace Watkins – University of Oxford
Research Interests: carceral history; policing; gender-based violence
Jessica White – University of Manchester – Gendered State Violence Working Group Facilitator
Research Interests: History; Gender; Race; Welfare; Activism.
Lisa White – University of Lincoln
Research Interests: Deaths in policing, prisons, and immigration centres; state violence; racisms; marginalisation; structural violence; social harm; criminal justice as state violence; state violence in Northern Ireland.
Lizzy Willmington – Cardiff Law
Research Interests: grass-roots resistances; creative resistance; anti-detention; immigration; colonialism.
Debra V. Wilson – Department of Defence and Security Studies, University of Manitoba/Independent Researcher
Research Interests: UK’s national security modelling; US and counter-terrorism modelling; The FBI, racism, sexism, and the War on Terror; Fear of the Black Woman and US national security; Defining terrorism; Religiosity and national security.
James Yeoman – University of Sheffield
Research Interests: History of anarchism; Radical history
Syeda Jenifa Zahan – National University of Singapore
Research Interests: Gender, violence, urban governance of (in)security, policing and the State