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School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Alice Martini, BA, Barcelona; MA, UAM; PhD, SSSS Pisa & UAM.


Honorary Lecturer

Twitter: @AliceCMartini


Alice Martini was awarded her PhD in International Relations by the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy, and, jointly, the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. She lectures on International Security Studies, International Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and International Relations and Global Politics theories.

Her research focuses on counter-terrorism and prevention of extremism, specifically at a global level and as implemented by the United Nations. More in general, her research examines and deconstructs global discourses on security, (counter)terrorism and (counter)extremism, looking into the resulting practices of power and international hegemonies.

Before her PhD, she collaborated with the Human Rights Office of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

Her latest book is: Martini, A. (2021), The UN and Counter-terrorism. Global hegemonies, power and identities (Routledge, 2021)

Postgraduate Teaching

POLM090 Contemporary World Politics: Theories, Concepts, Themes

POLM091 International Security: War and Peace in a Global Context

POLM073 Globalisation and the International Political Economy of Development

POLM075 Themes and Cases in US Foreign Policy


Research Interests:

  • Terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • Prevention of Extremism (PVE)
  • Political Violence
  • International Security
  • International Conflict Analysis, Management and Resolution
  • International Relations Theory



Martini, Alice, 2021, The UN and Counterterrorism. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9780367564216.

Edited books

Martini, Alice (ed.) 2020. Bringing Normativity into Critical Terrorism Studies, London: Routledge. ISBN

Martini, Alice, Ford, Kieran. and Jackson, Richard (eds). 2020. Encountering Extremism: Theoretical Issues and Local Challenges, Manchester, Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526136602

Journal Publications

Martini, Alice. 2020. “Sobre política y civilización: el terrorismo, lo político y los desafíos al orden internacional”. Política y Sociedad. Vol. 57 (1): 175-195. ISSN: 1988-3129,

Martini, Alice, 2020. “The Syrian wars of words: international and local instrumentalisations of the war on terror”, Third World Quarterly, vol. 41 (4): 725-743. ISSN: 1360-2241,

Martini, Alice, 2020. “Rethinking terrorism and countering terrorism from a critical perspective. CTS and normativity”, Introduction to special section. Critical Studies on Terrorism. Vol. 13 (1): 47-55. ISSN: 1753-9161, 

Martini, Alice. 2018. “Making women terrorists into “Jihadi brides”: an analysis of media narratives on women joining ISIS”, Critical Studies on Terrorism, vol. 11, (3): 458-477. ISSN: 1753-9161

Martini, Alice and Raineri, Luca, 2017. “ISIS and Al-Qaeda as strategies and political imaginaries in Africa: a comparison between Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb”, Civil Wars, 19 (4): 425-447. ISNN: 13698249

Martini, Alice. 2016. “The Discourse constructing 'Terrorism'”, Politikon – IAPSS, 2016, n. 30: 92-105, ISSN 2414-6633, doi: 10.22151/politikon.30.6

Martini, Alice. 2016, “Terrorismo como etiqueta política. El caso del Estado Islámico” [Terrorism as a Linguistic Label. The Case of the Islamic State]. Relaciones Internacionales, 2016, n. 32: 79 - 95., ISSN: 1699-3950

Martini, Alice and Estébanez Gómez, J. F., 2015. “El rechazo del conflicto en el horizonte normativo occidental y la consequente construcción de Bachar al-Asad como enemigo absoluto” [The Rejection of Conflict in the Western Normative Horizon and the Consequent Construction of Bashar al-Assad as a Foe], Relaciones Internacionales, n. 29: 33 – 52, ISSN: 1699-3950

Books Chapters

Martini, Alice, 2020. “Introduction”. In Martini, A (ed). Bringing Normativity into Critical Terrorism Studies. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9780367565619, 1- 11

Martini, Alice, Ford, Kieran, Jackson, Richard. 2020. “Encountering Extremism. Introduction”. In Martini, A., Ford, K. and Jackson, R. (eds). Encountering Extremism. Manchester University Press, 1-19. ISBN 9781526136602

Martini, Alice. 2020. “Legitimising countering extremism at an international level. The role of the United Nations”. In Martini, A., Ford, K. and Jackson, R. (eds). Encountering Extremism. Manchester University Press, 159-179. ISBN: 1526136600,

Martini, Alice and Njoku, E. T., 2017. “The Lexicon and Definition Challenges of Counterterrorism Policy”, in Romaniuk Scott et al (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Global Counterterrorism Policy, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillian, 73-89, ISBN: 978-1-137-55768-1.

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