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Christopher Baker-Beall

Christopher Baker-Beall

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Politics and International Relations


Christopher Baker-Beall is a Lecturer in International Relations. He contributes to teaching on the BA (Hons) in International Relations and the MA in International Relations - teaching modules at various Levels. Christopher is the module leader for the first year module Foundations and Challenges to International Relations, the second year module Understanding Foreign Policy and the third year module Critical Security Studies, all at the City Campus. He also lectures on the first year module Foundations and Challenges to Politics and International Relations at the Clifton Campus, the third year module States, National and Identity and the MA level module International Relations Theory, both at the City Campus.

Career overview

Christopher has held teaching roles at various academic institutions, including:

  • Nottingham Trent University  (2006-2010)
  • Loughborough University       (2011-2013)
  • University of Leicester           (2012-2013)
  • University of Birmingham       (2012-2013)

Christopher has a BA (Hons) degree in International Relations and European Studies (Nottingham Trent University, 2004), an MA in International Relations Theory (Nottingham Trent University, 2008) and a PhD in International Relations (Loughborough University, 2011). Christopher has taught in higher education for over 10 years and is member of a number of international academic associations including the International Studies Association (ISA), the British International Studies Association (BISA) and the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES).

Research areas

Dr Baker-Beall’s research interests can be divided into three areas: (1) interpretive approaches to International Relations; (2) the internal and external security policies of the European Union; (3) critical approaches to the study of security, with a particular focus on terrorism and counter-terrorism policy. His published research includes work on the following areas:

  • The European Union’s Counter-Terrorism Response
  • EU Internal Security Policies
  • Radicalisation and Counter-Radicalisation
  • Critical Studies on Terrorism
  • Discourse Analysis

Christopher is currently working on a number of articles and book chapters for publication. First, an analysis of the relationship between counter-terrorism and migration control policy at the EU level. Second, an analysis of the phenomena of ‘returning foreign fighters’ with a specific focus on the EU’s response. Third, an analysis of research conducted over the past 10 years in the field of Critical Terrorism Studies.

Dr Baker-Beall is happy to supervise students in any area of International Relations theory (especially critical or interpretive approaches to IR, including discourse analysis), as well as research students interested in EU security policy, terrorism and counter-terrorism and radicalisation and counter-radicalisation.

External activity

Christopher is a member of the following associations and research centres:

  • The International Studies Association (ISA)
  • The European International Studies Association (EISA)
  • The British International Studies Association (BISA)
  • The Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)
  • The Centre for the Study of International Governance (Fellow, CSIG - Loughborough University)

Christopher has acted as an anonymous reviewer for a number of journals, including: Review of International Studies, Cooperation and Conflict, Social Semiotics, Journal of Common Market Studies and Critical Studies on Terrorism.

Christopher was – along with Lee Jarvis (University of East Anglia) and Charlotte Heath-Kelly (University of Warwick) - one of the co-convenors of the BISA Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group between January 2011 and September 2014.

Sponsors and collaborators

    Current and previous sponsors include:

    The International Studies Association

    The British International Studies Association

    Current and previous collaborators include:

    Professor Helen Drake, Loughborough University

    Professor Richard Jackson, University of Otago

    Professor Lee Miles, Bournemouth University

    Dr Oliver Daddow, Nottingham Trent University

    Dr Charlotte Heath-Kelly, University of Warwick

    Dr Lee Jarvis, University of East Anglia

    Dr Cerwyn Moore, University of Birmingham

    Dr Nick Robinson, University of Leeds



The European Union’s ‘Fight against Terrorism’: Discourse, Policies, Identity, Manchester University Press, 2016.

Edited Collections:

Neoliberalism and Terror: Critical Engagements, with Charlotte Heath-Kelly and Lee Jarvis (Eds.), Routledge, 2016.

Counter-Radicalisation: Critical Perspectives, with Charlotte Heath-Kelly and Lee Jarvis (Eds.), Routledge, 2014.

Journal Articles:

The Evolution of the European Union’s ‘Fight against Terrorism’ Discourse: Constructing the Terrorist ‘Other’, Cooperation and Conflict, Vol. 49. No. 2 (2014), pp. 212-238.

The Discursive Construction of EU Counter-Terrorism Policy: Writing the ‘Migrant Other’, Securitisation and Control, Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER), Special Issue: Security and Liberty in the European Union, Vol. 5. No. 2 (2009)

Book Chapters:

Is Critical Terrorism Studies a Necessary and Useful Approach for the Study of Terrorism? In R. Jackson and D. Pisoiu (Eds.) Contemporary Debates on Terrorism, 2nd Edition, Routledge, (Forthcoming) 2016/2017.

Introduction: Critical Perspectives on Radicalisation and Counter Radicalisation, in C. Baker-Beall, C. Heath-Kelly and L. Jarvis (Eds.) Counter-Radicalisation: Critical Perspectives, Routledge, 2014.

Writing the threat of terrorism in Western Europe and the European Union: An Interpretive Analysis, in M. Bevir, I. Hall and O. Daddow (Eds.) Interpreting Global Security, Routledge, 2013.

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