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Dr Joe Whittaker

Lecturer in Cyber Threats, Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602363

Research Links

Office - 305
Third Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Joe is a lecturer in Cyber Threats at Swansea University. His PhD analysed the online behaviours of Islamic State terrorists in the US from the years 2012-2018, conducted as a joint degree with Swansea University and Leiden University. He has also researched how social media platforms’ recommendation systems promote and amplify extreme far-right content, as well as publishing on topics such as counter-narratives and extremist video games.

Joe is a research fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in the Hague and has frequently presented his research to policymakers and practitioners

Areas Of Expertise

  • Terrorists’ and extremists’ use of the Internet
  • Filter bubbles and terrorism
  • Propaganda
  • Countering violent extremism
  • Terror finance
  • Video games and extremism