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About Dr Edgar Tembo

I am the Programme Leader for Politics and International Relations as well as being a Senior Lecturer within the Department. I am responsible for the provision of a secure and supportive environment for learners to grow, develop and graduate and the coordination, delivery and implementation of teaching and other curricular and extra-curricular activities

Before joining Chester in February 2015, I was a Lecturer at at Sheffield Hallam University, a Teaching Fellow at the University of Nottingham and a Teaching Associate at the University of Sheffield. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Associate of the Centre for Security, Conflict and Terrorism at the University of Nottingham and was previously a consultant at the Hallam based Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research.

I have numerous contacts across government, the police, armed forces and Security and Intelligence Agencies in both the UK and the U.S. whom I have utilised for talks to both learners and those with other affiliations. 


As I joined the Department halfway through the academic year I currently do not have any module responsibilities. My role, currently involves the coordination of the Politics and International Relations degree programme.


Broadly speaking my research portfolio can be characterised as that related to both strategic and security studies under the rubric of International Relations. The overarching theme of my research to date centres upon the investigation of effectiveness of post-9/11 counter-terrorism strategy undertaken by both the United States and the United Kingdom. Of particular interest is the balance that both of these states need to strike between the acceptability of their strategies to the population at large and the effectiveness (‘real’ and/or perceived) in countering the threat of transnational terrorist violence.

Published Work

2015: Newspaper opinion piece:   Only a military option will defeat ‘Islamic State’ (

2014:   Book Publication – US-UK Counter-Terrorism after 9/11 – A qualitative approach.


Published by Routledge as part of the Contemporary Terrorism Studies series.

2013:   Newspaper opinion piece: Changing Face of Terror needs a new strategy(

2012:   Blog Publication: Torture: Right under certain circumstances? (

2012:   Blog Publication (joint with a student): Kony 2012: Oversimplification or advertising genius (

2012:   Blog Publication: Abu Qatada and the balance we must strike (

2009:   Book Review: Review of Gupta ‘Understanding Terrorism and Political Violence’

2009:   Book Review: Review of Gardner ‘American Global Strategy and the War on Terrorism’(


Ph.D. Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (University of Sheffield)

MA. (Hons.) International Security Studies (Reading) Distinction

BA. (Hons.) War Studies (Wolverhampton) 2:1. FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy).