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Dr Noemie Bouhana
Department of Security and Crime Science
35 Tavistock Square
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dept of Security and Crime Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Dr Noemie Bouhana is a senior lecturer in Security and Crime Science at University College London, where she directs the MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism and leads the Counter-Terrorism Research Group. She has an undergraduate degree from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Lyon (France), a Maîtrise (MA) in Political Science from the Université Jean Moulin Lyon III, and an MPhil and PhD in Criminology from the University of Cambridge (UK). 

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Research Summary

Dr Bouhana is both a political scientist and a criminologist by training, with a particular interest in the contribution of criminological theory and methodology to an understanding of terrorism and radicalisation. Specifically, she is interested in the systemic and ecological processes involved in the emergence of radicalising settings, and the role that these settings play in the individual development of a terrorist propensity, with particular attention to selection mechanisms and neuro-cognitive factors. Other research areas include the design, evaluation and implementation of threat reduction technologies.

Large research grants 

  • Principal Investigator. "The Social Ecology of Radicalization: A Foundation for the Design of CVE Initiatives". Funded by the US DOD Minerva Initiative. Due to start 2016 to 2019 pending grant contract. $1.06 million. 
  • Principal Investigator. "FP7-PRIME. Preventing, Interdicting and Mitigating Extremist Events." Funded by the European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). May 2014 to April 2017. €2.9 million.
  • Co-Investigator. "FP7-VOX-Pol. Network of Excellence (NoE) on Violent Online Political Extremism". January 2014 to October 2019. €5.1 million. 
  • Co-Investigator. "Across the Universe? A Comparative Analysis of Violent Radicalization Across Three Offender Types with Implications for Criminal Justice Training and Education." Funded by the US National Institute of Justice. January 2014-January 2016. $531k.
  • Co-Investigator. "FP7-RIBS. Resilient Infrastructure and Building Security." unded by the European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). January 2010 to December 2013. €3.2 million.

Other grants

  • DSTL Grant - Building Confidence in Online Influence Activities: A Systemist Evaluation Framework (Co-I, £29k, January to May 2013)
  • UCL Career Development Grant - Explaining Radicalisation: Individual Vulnerability, Exposure, Emergence (IVEE) -  (PI, £6.5k, February 2011 to March 2013)
  • UCL Research Challenges Grant - The Unintended Consequences of Counterterrorism Measures: Public Perceptions of Airport Security (PI, £1.5k, September 2009 to March 2013)
  • EPSRC Grant - Deriving Proxy Indicators from Big Data (PI, £15k, January 2012 to December 2012)
  • ESRC Consultancy - New Security Challenges: Radicalisation and Violence - Programme Evaluation (Co-I, . £24.5k, August 2011 to January 2012)
  • HOME OFFICE OSCT Grant - Al-Qaeda-Influenced Radicalisation: A Rapid Evidence Assessment Guided by Situational Action Theory (PI, £39k, January 2010 to December 2010)
  • MOD CT CENTRE Grant - Theorising Terrorism (PI, £20k, September 2007 to May 2008). 

Teaching Summary

Dr Bouhana currently convenes the following Master's level courses at UCL: Designing and Doing Research (MSc in Crime Science, MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism, MSc in Crime and Forensic Science; MRes in Security Science); Perspectives on Terrorism (MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism); and Global Security Challenges (MRes in Security Science).  

Academic Background
2004 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Criminology University of Cambridge
1999 M.Phil Master of Philosophy – Criminology University of Cambridge
1998 MAI Maîtrise – Political Science Universite Jean Moulin (Lyon III)
1996 MA Diplôme d'études approfondies – Political Science Universite Lumière (Lyon II)
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