BiographyDr David Parker is a Lecturer in Politics & International Relations at Aston University. David’s research focuses on the effects of radicalisation prevention initiatives, how counter-terrorism communication strategies can be improved to more effectively reach vulnerable individuals and contemporary US-Russian relations. His work has been published in a range of leading journals, including Critical Studies on Terrorism, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Risk Analysis and European Security. In addition to his research David is an experienced counter-terrorism practitioner, with eight years of experience delivering Prevent as a local authority Prevent manager in West London. Based on his research and experiences he is regularly invited to brief governments and security services across Europe and America.
David also contributes to research and practice through his positions as an Academic Advisor to the European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network, Deputy Chair of the Aarhus University Research Unit on Radicalisation and the Prevention of Extremism, and as a member of the Editorial Board for the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. Prior to joining Aston University, David was a Marie-Curie Fellow at Aarhus University in Denmark, and before that a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, where his research focused on preventing, interdicting and mitigating lone-actor terrorism, as part of the EU-funded PRIME project. David has a wide range of teaching experience, convening modules including ‘International Relations Theory’, ‘Global Current Affairs’, ‘Political Violence, Counterterrorism and Human Rights’ and ‘Russia in the 21st Century: Foreign Police, Identity and Security’.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
• US-Russian Relations
• Countering Violent Extremism
• Strategic Communication
• International Relations
• Policy Development and Evaluation
David is a keen runner, Bruce Springsteen obsessive and enjoys attempting to play football.