Professor of Security and Strategic Communications

Our Mission

Coventry University Group is a global education group with a mission of Creating Better Futures. Driven by our passion and belief that through education, equity, and innovation our students, people, and communities are empowered to transform their lives and the world around them. Our people are the key to our success and each role within the group plays a key role in shaping the world around us. 

An ambitious and innovative university, our research is designed to have real-world impact on society and tackle global challenges through our 16 challenge-led, interdisciplinary research centres. We enable high performing research teams and future research leaders to thrive and make an impact locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

The Role

The Research Institute for Peace and Security undertakes innovative, world-class research that is designed to positively impact on society. 

Strategic Communications, along with the internet and social media, have been identified as key drivers in the prevention of violent extremism. Terrorist and violent extremist groups radicalize and recruit individuals through online propaganda, social media platforms, networking sites and traditional media. Much work has been done in recent years to identify good practice in using strategic communications to prevent the appeal of violent extremism and terrorism. 

This is an area of research that the Institute has pockets of excellence, however we are looking to employ a senior academic to work in this area and bring together research already done on Trust, Communications and Leadership with the area of Protective Security. This will involve working with key stakeholders, including Government, policy makers, practitioners and academics.  

This new post will help develop and deliver significant and impactful research and continually update the knowledge and understanding in the discipline and develop new research techniques and approaches to enable contribution within established research programmes.  

Qualifications Required

We are seeking a research leader with a PhD, demonstrable experience in security and Strategic Communications research and/or policy and/or practice, as well as significant experience leading research in this area at national and international levels. 

Our Successful Candidate

You will also have publications in peer-reviewed journals and experience leading and working on funded research project(s) that have demonstrable impact or significant potential for impact.  

This role provides a unique opportunity to join one of the UK’s most forward thinking and successful modern Universities at a time of rapid expansion in our research capacity.  

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Sir Ciaran Devane, Executive Director for the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) [email protected]  


As a staff member of Coventry University, you will have a access to a wide range of industry leading rewards and benefits which includes:

  • Excellent Employers Pension Contribution
  • 38 days Annual leave plus Bank Holidays
  • New Holiday Purchase Scheme up to 5 additional days
  • BUPA Cash Plan
  • 50% off Tuition Fee’s for staff dependants
  • CU Reward Scheme – Discounts across a range of High Street/ Online Retailers
  • New Electric Car Scheme

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As a global Education Group, equality, diversity, and inclusion are embedded within the fabric of our organisation and are a key focus of our core values. We harness the power and potential of the diverse cultures, backgrounds, abilities, and experiences of our students, colleagues, and partners to create opportunities for all.

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