PhD Candidate, International Relations

Thesis title: Evaluating the UK’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy: A Mixed Methods Approach

School of IR profile


Erika is a PhD candidate in the School of International Relations in the University of St Andrews. Her research is specifically situated within the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, based at the University. Her research project is focused on evaluating CONTEST, the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy. This analysis is undertaken through a mixed methods research design, specifically a “sequential exploratory” design. The research is developed in this way in an effort to address the lacuna in the area of empirical counter-terrorism policy evaluation.

Erika has been involved in many different projects including working as a Guest Editor for a Special Issue of the Journal of Terrorism Research which was published in February 2017. Erika also works as a tutor for the School of International Relations at sub-honours and honours level, as a casual lecturer for two non-degree courses on International Relations and on Terrorism, as a Certificate in Terrorism Studies Teaching Assistant (CSTPV’s e-learning course) and as a Course Coordinator for the School of International Relations’ Summer School in July 2019. She has also designed and presented an e-resource on Academic Writing Skills for the Certificate in Terrorism Studies. Erika is a member of the editorial board for the School of International Relations’ in-house academic journal Contemporary Voices in International Relations and is an Associate Fellow for the Centre for Global Law and Governance.


Brady, Erika (2019) “Trends and Tactics.” Safety and Security International, Edition 1/2019.

Brady, Erika (2019) “Book Review: Wars of Terror, Gabrielle Marranci.” Contemporary Voices: The St Andrews Journal of International Relations, Vol 1, Issue 2.

Brady, Erika (2018) Book Review: Domestic counter terrorism in a global world: post 9/11 institutional structures and cultures in Canada and the United Kingdom, Critical Studies on Terrorism. DOI:

Brady, Erika (2018) “Grounds for Optimism.” Safety & Security International, Edition 3/2018.

Brady, Erika (2017) “After ISIS.” Safety & Security International, Edition 6/2017.

Brady, E (2017) “An analysis of security challenges arising from the Syrian Conflict – Islamic terrorism, refugee flows and political and social impacts in Europe.” Special Issue of the Journal of Terrorism Research, Volume 8: Issue 1. DOI:

Brady, E (2016) “An analysis of the UKs counter-terrorism strategy ‘CONTEST’ and the challenges in its evaluation.” Sicherheitspolitik-blog, University of Frankfurt, October 2016. Available at: