Mr Joao Da Silva

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About me

I am an Afro-Brazilian early-career (Critical) Terrorism Studies scholar concluding a Ph.D. (Social Work and Social Policy – Ulster University | Belfast, Northern Ireland/UK). In this context, I was a Visiting Ph.D. Researcher at the Centre of Discourse Studies (Barcelona, Spain). Also abroad, I had been awarded an M.A. (International Relations – Central European University | Budapest, Hungary) and a B.A. (International Relations – Centro Universitário La Salle do Rio de Janeiro | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

Within one year working at UWE, I was awarded the Outstanding Research Award. In 2023/24 at UWE, I am teaching the Level 4 Crime, Media and Culture and Level 6 Transational Crime and Comparative Criminology and Terrorism modules. In addition, I have taught the Level 3 Introduction to Criminological Theory module.

In the U.K., I have worked as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Roehampton's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and as a Teaching Assistant at Ulster University's School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences. I have also worked abroad as a Research Intern at the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (Vienna, Austria) and the Institute of International Relations Prague (Prague, Czech Republic).

In Brazil, I do voluntary work as an English Tutor at the Instituto Sumaúma, supporting Black and Indigenous people to pursue a master's degree. I have written op-eds for The Intercept Brasil and the leading Brazilian newspaper, Folha de S. Paulo.

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Area of expertise

  • Political Violence
  • Terrorism
  • Radical Environmentalist and Animal Rights (REAR) Movement
  • Crime and the Media


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