• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Dr Rachel Monaghan is a Senior Lecturer in criminology. She finished her PhD in 1998, joining Ulster University as a research officer on an ESRC project examining informal justice in Northern Ireland and South Africa. Her first lectureship (2002-2005) was in human geography in the School of Environmental Sciences at Ulster before moving to Criminology in 2005.Dr Monaghan has been researching political violence for over 20 years and has examined single-issue terrorism, informal justice and loyalist paramilitary violence. More recently she has been looking at counter-terrorism measures involving technology and also criminal justice approaches.Her research findings have been published in key international journals including Terrorism and Political Violence and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. She has co-authored two books, a monograph with Colin Knox published by Palgrave Macmillan (Informal Justice in Divided Societies) and an edited collection with Tali K. Walters and Martin Ramirez published by Cambridge Scholars (Radicalization, Terrorism, and Conflict).Dr Monaghan has secured £492,000 in external funding through awards from the ESRC and European Union FP7 programme with Ulster colleagues and £34,000 from internal funding through awards from the Research Challenge Fund and CHERP.She is the current president of the Society for Terrorism Research –an international, multi-disciplinary organization of theoretical and empirical researchers in behavioural sciences such as anthropology, biology, economics, political science, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, and others. Its mission is to enhance knowledge and understanding of terrorism and political violence.Dr Monaghan is also Joint Editor-in-Chief of the Society for Terrorism Research’s Journal, Behavioral Sciences in Terrorism and Political Aggression  and is a member of the editorial board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.

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Research Output

Current Considerations of Counter Terrorism in the Risk Management Profession

McIlhatton, D., Arnold, A., Monaghan, R., Chapman, D., Cuddihy, J., Ouillon, S. & Bergonzoli, K., 31 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Applied Security Research. 14, 3, p. 350-368 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Ethics and human rights in counterterrorism

    Harris, L. & Monaghan, R., 2019, Routledge Handbook of Terrorism and Counterterrorism. Silke, A. (ed.). London, p. 483-492 10 p. (Routledge Handbooks).

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    Loyalist supergrass trials: an opportunity for open source intelligence?

    Monaghan, R., 10 Nov 2019, In : Intelligence and National Security. 34, 7, p. 1014-1026 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Protecting Commercial Real Estate and Crowded Places from Terrorism

    McIlhatton, D., Monaghan, R., Berry, J., Cuddihy, J., Chapman, D. & Christensen, P., 1 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Real Estate Literature. 27, 1, p. 103-116 14 p.

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  • Activities

    • 2 Editorial work

    Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism & Political Aggression (Journal)

    Rachel Monaghan (Reviewer)
    2014 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    Studies in Conflict & Terrorism (Journal)

    Rachel Monaghan (Reviewer)
    2011 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work