Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Contact Details

Dr Gordon Clubb

Lecturer in International Security

I received my MLitt in Middle East Security Studies at the University of St Andrews (2009) and worked on my doctorate at the University of Leeds (2010-2014). In 2014 I was made Lecturer in International Security and over this time I have taught and researched on the subjects of terrorism, conflict, international relations and security. 

I am the chair of the Terrorism and Political Violence Association, which has in the past hosted international events, liaised with government partners, and has run a successful internship programme at POLIS.   

Research Interests

My most recent large research project looked at the Disengagement and De-Radicalisation of the Irish Republican Movement.

Other research includes the role of former combatants and framing processes in preventing terrorism and political violence. 


I teach on the Terrorism module, Theories of/International Relations, and Security Studies.

Currently I am the Director of the BA International Relations Programme.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the area of Terrorism, Disengagement and De-Radicalisation, Conflict Prevention and Transformation, and Social Movement Theories.

Key Publications


Clubb, Gordon. “The Structure of Sectarianism: Response to ‘Hamas and the ‘trap of sectarianism’” Global Discourse (2017)


Clubb, Gordon. Social Movement De-Radicalisation and the Decline of Terrorism: the Morphogenesis of the Irish Republican Movement. Routledge, 2016.

Clubb, Gordon. "The Role of Former Combatants in Preventing Youth Involvement in Terrorism in Northern Ireland: A Framework for Assessing Former Islamic State

Combatants." Studies in Conflict & Terrorism (2016).

Clubb, G ‘Selling the End of Terrorism: Framing the IRA’s Disengagement’, Small Wars and Insurgencies Journal (2016)

Worrall, James, Simon Mabon, and Gordon Clubb. "Hezbollah, Syria, and ISIS." Security Issues in the Greater Middle East (2016): 151.


Kennedy-Pipe, Caroline, Gordon Clubb, and Simon Mabon, eds. Terrorism and political violence. Sage, 2015.

Worrall, James, Simon Mabon, and Gordon Clubb. Hezbollah: From Islamic Resistance to Government: From Islamic Resistance to Government. ABC-CLIO, 2015.

Clubb, Gordon ‘De-Radicalisation, Disengagement and the Attitudes-Behavior Debate’, in Kennedy, C et al (2015) ‘Terrorism and Political Violence’, London, Sage


Clubb, Gordon. "“From Terrorists to Peacekeepers”: The IRA's Disengagement and the Role of Community Networks." Studies in Conflict & Terrorism 37, no. 10 (2014): 842-861.


Clubb, Gordon. "Re-evaluating the Disengagement Process: the Case of Fatah." Perspectives on Terrorism 3, no. 3 (2010).


Media Contact Areas

  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
  • De-radicalisation, Disengagement and DDR Programmes
  • Preventing terrorism at the community level and among young people

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