Dr Noemie Bouhana


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Noemie Bouhana

Dr Noemie Bouhana is a lecturer in Security and Crime Science at the Jill Dando Institute, University College London, where she directs the MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism. She has an undergraduate degree from the Institute of Political Science in Lyon (France), a Maîtrise (MA) in Political Science from the Université Jean Moulin Lyon III, and a PhD in Criminology from the University of Cambridge (UK). She leads the department of Security and Crime Science's Countering Terrorism research group.

Dr Bouhana is both a political scientist and a criminologist by training, with a special interest in the contribution of criminological theory and research methodologies 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, in turn, play in individuals' development of a terrorist propensity. Other research areas include issues related to the evaluation and implementation of threat reduction technologies, including counter-terrorism measures, as well as a long-standing interest in offender profiling and its limitations.

Most recently, Dr Bouhana completed a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) of research on Al Qa'eda-linked radicalisation for the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (Home Office). She is now Principal Investigator of the IVEE (Individual Vulnerability, Exposure, Emergence) research project, a multi-pronged empirical study which will begin to test some of the hypotheses set out in the REA. This work is supported by a career development grant from the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and sponsored by the National Offender Management Service.

Dr Bouhana is also co-Principal investigator of a research project on the unintended consequences of counter-terrorism measures on public transport funded by UCL Research Challenges, and a collaborator on a project entitled "Resilient Infrastructure and Building Security" (RIBS), funded under the European Union's FP7 Framework. She is also the recipient of ESRC funding. Previous work on the foundations of a scientific framework to support the "Winning Hearts and Minds" strategy was funded by the Science and Technology Counter-Terrorism Centre (UK Ministry of Defence).

Dr Bouhana has been a visiting scholar at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, where her work has been associated with the Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+), an ESRC-funded longitudinal study led by Prof. Per-Olöf Wikström.

She convenes the following Master's level courses at UCL: Thinking Scientifically (MSc in Crime Science); Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism (MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism); and Global Security Challenges (MRes in Security Science).

Bouhana, N. and P-O H. Wikström (2011). "Al Qa'ida-Influenced Radicalisation: A Rapid Evidence Assessment Guided by Situational Action Theory." Research, Development and Statistics, Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism. London: Home Office. http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/crime-research/occ97?view=Binary

Bouhana, N. and P-O. H. Wikström (2010). "Theorizing Terrorism: Terrorism as Moral Action." Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice, 2(2): 9-79.

Bouhana, N. (2010). Arson and Firesetting. In B.S. Fisher and S.P. Lab (eds.), Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention. Sage Publications.

Bouhana, N. and P.O. H. Wikström (2008). Theorising Terrorism: A Scoping Study. Report to the Counter-Terrorism Science and Technology Centre, Ministry of Defence, May. London: Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science. http://www.pads.ac.uk/Documents/Terrorism_as_moral_action.pdf

Bouhana, N. (2010). "Understanding Radicalisation." Testimony to the Caldicott Inquiry panel on Umar Farouk Abdulmumutallab. University College London, 22 April.

Bouhana, N. (2009). "Implementing Counter-IED Strategies: Learning from Crime Prevention." Office of Naval Research-sponsored workshop on "Countering the Threat of IEDs." University College London, 23 November.

Bouhana N. (2009). Invited presentation on "What Makes a Terrorist?" Global Uncertainties Network, Queens School, Bushey, 17 March.

Bouhana, N. & P.O. H. Wikström (2008). "Acts of Terrorism as Moral Action." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Saint Louis, MO, USA, 13 November.

Bouhana, N. & P.O. H. Wikström (2008). "Applying Situational Action Theory to Key Criminological Problems: Terrorism." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Criminology, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 5 September.

H. Borrion, N. Bouhana, H.Guo, K.Chetty, G.Smith, K.Woodbridge and C. J. Baker (2008). "Radar-based Technologies for Terrorist Detection." Paper presented at the NATO Science and Technology for Defence against Terrorism, Manheim, Germany, 24 April.

Lab, S.P., Sidebottom, A., Bouhana, N., Bowers, K., Johnson, S. And Townsley, M. (2007). "Crime Prevention and Displacement: Investigating Scripts for Offender Movements." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA, USA, 14 November.

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