Contact Professor Andrew Silke


Professor Andrew Silke is Professor of Criminology at the Royal Holloway University of London. He is a Visiting Professor in Terrorism, Risk and Resilience at Cranfield University. He has a background in forensic psychology and criminology and has worked both in academia and for government. His primary research interests include terrorism, conflict, crime and policing, and he is internationally recognised as a leading expert on terrorism and low intensity conflict. He has a wide range of publications including several books, with his most recent including The Routledge Handbook on Terrorism and Counterterrorism (2019) and Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism (2018).

He has worked with a wide variety of government departments and law enforcement and security agencies. In the United Kingdom these include, the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defence, the UK prison service, the London Metropolitan Police as well as several other UK police forces. Overseas he has worked with the United Nations, the United States Department of Justice, the United States Department of Homeland Security, NATO, the European Defence Agency, the European Commission, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He is a member of the European Commission's Radicalisation Awareness Network Centre of Excellence (RAN CoE) which works with practitioners to develop state-of-the-art knowledge to prevent and counter radicalisation to violent extremism. He has provided invited briefings on terrorism-related issues to Select Committees of the UK House of Commons and is a member of the Cabinet Office National Risk Assessment Behavioural Science Expert Group.

Current activities

Professor Silke, Royal Holloway, University of London is actively looking at several major and ongoing research themes including: (1) radicalisation and de-radicalisation processes; (2) risk assessment; (3) prison, detention, and terrorism; (4) counterterrorism strategies; and (5) climate change and terrorism.