Lella Nouri is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Programme Director of the MA in Cyber Crime and Terrorism at Swansea University. She specialises in extremism, terrorist use of the internet and in particular extreme right ideologies. Lella is a founding member of the University’s Cyber Threats Research Centre (CYTREC) and a member of the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence focused on researching the prevalence, contours, functions, and impacts of Violent Online Political Extremism and responses to it. In 2017/18, Lella held a visiting scholar position at the University of California, Santa Barbara on a Fulbright Cyber Security Award.
Her most recent work on extremist use of the internet has examined far and extreme right narratives, their dissemination via social media and provided recommendations for policy and community responses. Alongside this work, Lella has been actively working with councils across Wales to combat hate visuals across communities. Prior to this, her work has focused on extreme right propaganda dissemination online, constructions of cyberterrorism, examining definitional issues, and governmental responses to terrorism.
As well as co-organising numerous events on these topics, including a VOX-Pol extreme right workshop, Lella has published a variety of edited collections, journal articles, book chapters, research reports and blogs through leading publishers in the field.
Stakeholder and community impact and engagement work is at the heart of her research. Lella’s has most recently been appointed as an Anti-Racist Wales Research Expert for the Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan as part of the External Accountability Group. She is also an active member of the following expert groups/networks: Academic-Practitioner Counter Extremism Network (APCEN) for the Commission for Counter Extremism (UK Home Office), Member of the Accelerated Capability Environment (ACE) Research Network, Homeland Security Group at the UK Home Office as well as the UK Counter-Terrorism Policing Evidence-Based Review Group.