2020 applicants

Alexander Schiele

Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Government
 Alexander Schiele



I am a part-time PhD Student at the Department of Government. Before I started my PhD, I obtained a M.A. in Security and Terrorism from the University of Kent (2016) and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Mannheim (2015). My research is looking at the structure of terrorist cells and what impact law enforcement interventions have on the behaviour of the cell. You can also find me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/schielonimus


  • B.A. Politikwissenschaft University of Mannheim (2015)

  • M.A. Security and Terrorism University of Kent (2016)

Research and professional activities


Unravelling the Net(work) Social Network Analysis as counter-terrorism tool

With the ongoing threat of terrorism, law enforcement agencies are struggling to find effectives ways to disrupt and dismantle terrorist cells. The effectiveness of disruption strategies by law enforcement depends on the network structure and the network resilience. This dissertation aims to investigate the effectiveness of tackling human and social capital of terrorist cells by using computational modeling and social network analysis.

Supervisor: Prof. Tobias Böhmelt , Dr Brian Phillips

Research interests

Terrorism, Political Violence, Terrorist Organisations, Counter-Terrorism Policing, Social Network Analysis




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