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Natalie James

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Dr Natalie James holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Leeds, a Masters of Science in Politics and Research Methods and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Politics, both from the University of Sheffield. Her doctoral thesis examined the conceptualisation of threat through the implementation of the Prevent Duty within Greater Manchester's Further Education sector.

Natalie is currently Assistant Professor of International Relations within the School of Politics and International Relations; she is also Head of the Counter-Extremism Research Unit at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right. Her previous posts were as Guest Lecturer at the University of Salford, Module Leader at the University of Sheffield and as Module Tutor at the University of Leeds and the University of Sussex, where she taught a broad range of modules including Terrorism, Security Studies, International Relations, Power, Conflict, Oppression, British politics and Far Right Political Parties in Europe.

She has a range of publications including journal articles, book chapters, book reviews and media posts and is currently working on a monograph and number of peer reviewed journal articles.

Expertise Summary

Dr Natalie James is an expert in the UK counter-terrorism programme, Prevent. Her research has revealed how the duty's implementation can help us understand how threat becomes conceptualised in a number of ways which help both exceptionalise and de-exceptionalise counter-terrorism and counter-extremism within the everyday spaces of education.

Her work seeks to understand how the enactment of policy reveals a multiplicity of ways in which threat becomes understood and engaged with. In particular, she is interested in demonstrating how this discursive construction of threat shifts across time and space and is responsive to identity formation of the self and of others, adopting an intersectional approach to understanding experience.

Teaching Summary

She has taught across a vast range of modules within the scope of Politics and International Relations and is particularly keen on developing innovative pedagogical practices. Natalie has taught on… read more

Research Summary

Dr Natalie James completed her PhD in September 2020. The research examined experiences of the UK's primary counter-terrorism programme, the Prevent duty, within the Further Education Sector of… read more

Recent Publications

  • NATALIE JAMES, 2020. In: LEE JEROME and JOEL BUSHER, eds., The Prevent Duty in Education. Impact, Enactment and Implications: Enacting the Prevent Duty in Further Education Palgrave Macmillan.
  • NATALIE JAMES, 2019. Book review of ‘Radicalisation and counter-radicalisation in higher education' Critical Studies on Terrorism. 13(1), 190-192
  • NATALIE JAMES, 2018. Understanding Britishness; securitising schooling Critical Studies on Terrorism. 21(1), 169-173

She has taught across a vast range of modules within the scope of Politics and International Relations and is particularly keen on developing innovative pedagogical practices. Natalie has taught on issues related to terrorism and counter-terrorism; conflict and Security Studies; oppression and resistance across the 20th and 21st century; traditional, new and nuclear warfare; International Relations and IR Theory; gender, race, class, nationalism and intersectionality; research methods and qualitative data collection and analysis; British politics; and Far-Right political parties in Europe.

Current Research

Dr Natalie James completed her PhD in September 2020. The research examined experiences of the UK's primary counter-terrorism programme, the Prevent duty, within the Further Education Sector of Greater Manchester. Through a critical examination of these experiences, the research uncovered how threat was conceptualised through a number of narratives which enabled both the exceptionalisation and de-exceptionalisation of counter-terrorism within the everyday spaces of the education sector. The thesis is available open access on the White Rose Doctoral Thesis Online Repository but key findings have been published in a recent book chapter available here: (https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-45559-0_8). A peer-reviewed journal article and a monograph are also currently in progress.

Future Research

Natalie is looking to continue her analysis of the Prevent duty in two key areas. Firstly, she hopes to examine the variations in implementation of the Prevent duty across the public sector. Secondly, she seeks to develop research which increases our knowledge of the Prevent duty's ability and approach to tackling the threat posed by extreme far-right groups and individuals.

  • NATALIE JAMES, 2020. In: LEE JEROME and JOEL BUSHER, eds., The Prevent Duty in Education. Impact, Enactment and Implications: Enacting the Prevent Duty in Further Education Palgrave Macmillan.
  • NATALIE JAMES, 2019. Book review of ‘Radicalisation and counter-radicalisation in higher education' Critical Studies on Terrorism. 13(1), 190-192
  • NATALIE JAMES, 2018. Understanding Britishness; securitising schooling Critical Studies on Terrorism. 21(1), 169-173

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