John Morrison is a Senior Lecturer in criminology at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has an interdisciplinary background in forensic psychology, international relations and criminology. His research focuses on the psychology of terrorism, including a current project analysing the variety of roles that trust plays throughout the process of terrorist engagement and disengagement. Dr Morrison is currently supervising two PhD students researching different aspects related to disengagement. He is the co-director of the Conflict, Violence and Terrorism Research Centre and the creator and host of the Talking Terror podcast series. He is currently completing research on the social ecology of radicalisation, alongside colleagues from UCL, Imperial and the University of Aarhus, sponsored by the Minerva Research Initiative.
Recent cases of attacks by released terrorist prisoners highlight issues around the risk of re-offending posed by former terrorist prisoners. What are the appropriate processes and systems for managing and risk assessing such individuals, and to what extent is rehabilitation possible in the context of terrorist offending? This Policy Brief will explore these and related […]
On May 19th, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced that they were commencing terrorist proceedings related to a February 24 stabbing attack at a massage parlour in Toronto. In doing so, they claimed that this attack—in which an unnamed 17-year-old male killed a woman and injured one other individual—was inspired by what they call ‘Ideologically Motivated Violent […]
In 2013, four young British men from West London travelled to Syria to join ISIS. Dubbed ‘The Beatles’ by their hostages, and subsequently the global media, this British ISIS cell allegedly became responsible for at least twenty-seven beheadings of Western hostages. Six years have since gone by and despite their capture the remaining two members […]