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Amy Thornton

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PhD TITLE

What are the factors that make communities vulnerable to, or resistant against, the emergence of radicalising settings?

FIRST DEGREE

BA History (University of York)

MA Post-War Recovery Studies (University of York)


MRes Security Science, UCL

PREVIOUS JOBS

Cambridge University ESOL Examination Board - Linguistic Testing

Berlin City Council - Researcher, Integration of Immigrants

Sierra Leone Red Cross Society - Programme Assistant, Education Sector

Regional Human Security Centre, Amman, Jordan - Researcher, Human Security of Iraqi Refugees

I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...

Cambridge

WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC

The DTC seemed like the ideal environment in which to further develop my interests in the field of human security and Islamic radicalisation, combining my previous social science research techniques with a harder science element.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Islamic radicalisation, Islamist terrorism, Community resistance to radicalisation

WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING

Cinema, watching theatre and musicals, ice skating, travelling and learning languages

MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS

I hope to be a security consultant or advisor in the field of my research interests, working with communities and policy makers to bridge the gap between the public and government.

WHAT KIND OF PARTNER ORGANISATION I'D LIKE TO WORK WITH AND WHAT I'D LIKE FROM THEM

An organisation/institution who work in the field of human security looking at radicalisation, incorporating working with the public and policy making at local and national government level.

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

An Analysis of Forensic Evidence used in the Prosecution of Terrorism Cases in Britain between 1972 and 2008, Dagmar Patricia Heinrich; Amy Elise Thornton; Ruth Mary Morgan; Noemie Bouhana, Policing 2012; doi: 10.1093/police/pas064

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

5th European Security Research Conference, Oostende, Belgium (September 2010)

6th Preventing Violent Extremism Conference, London (October 2010)

National Security 2011 Conference, London (July 2011)

5th International Crime Science Conference, London (July 2011)

International Association of Forensic Sciences Conference, Madeira (September 2011)

American Criminology Society Conference, Washington DC (November 2011)

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference, New York City (March 2012)

6th International Crime Science Conference, London (July 2012)