Matthew Wentworth joined the International Centre for Counter-terrorism in March 2020 working as a project intern and is currently working as project assistant.
Matthew holds two First Class Undergraduate degrees in Criminal Law & Criminal Justice Studies from Canterbury Christ Church University, UK and in Community Justice from University of Portsmouth, UK. He is currently studying a Master’s degree in International Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies with University of Glasgow, Dublin City University, OTH Regensburg, and Charles University Prague. His research interests include, inter alia, the crime-terrorism nexus, counterinsurgency, irregular warfare, and counter-terrorism strategy — particularly the UK’s use of executive counter-terror measures on which he is currently writing his Master’s thesis.
Prior to joining ICCT, Matthew was in London working as part of a public protection team for the UK Ministry of Justice. There, he led multi-agency risk-management of individuals across London working alongside police, courts, probation, and prison services. During this time Matthew was the Special Point of Contact for Serious Youth Violence and Gang Activity across six London boroughs.
His work at ICCT centers around internal research and project work and assisting in the editing, and publishing of top-tier scholarship in the ICCT Journal.
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