Dr Mohammed Ibrahim Shire is a lecturer in Security and Risk at the Institute of Criminal Justice, where he is also the course leader for the BSc Risk and Security Management.

Dr Ibrahim Shire gained his BSc and MRes at the University of Leicester and MSc at Loughborough University. After completing his PhD in Security Studies at Loughborough University, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Griffith University’s Centre for Social and Cultural Research in Australia. There he implemented several ethnographic projects in collaboration with multiple industrial and government stakeholders.

He specialises in the increasingly complex world of risk and security and is multidisciplinary by training. Dr Ibrahim Shire's research agenda takes a broad interdisciplinary approach to terrorism and political violence in Africa and crosscuts aspects of criminology, political science, peace and conflict studies and computer science.

His works have been published in Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Safety Science, Journal of Eastern African Studies, and several other journals.

Dr Ibrahim Shire is also the founder of Somali Faces, an award-winning storytelling organisation that raises awareness for social justice in Somalia.

For further information, see his website.


Research Interests

  • Al-Shabaab
  • African Security
  • Asymmetric Warfare
  • Terrorism
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Complexity
  • Horn of Africa

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on the following modules:

  • Global, State and Corporate Security (Module coordinator)
  • Risk Management (Module coordinator)
  • Counter-Terrorism and UK National Security (Module coordinator)
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
  • Online Activism, Cyberterrorism and Cyberwarfare

Current doctoral students:

David Scott - Transnational Security Consulting: UK Practitioner Perspectives

Badar Al Mamari -  Oman's critical security infrastructure and terrorism

Gabriel Hassan - Interplay between development and security with reference to state capture in Northern Nigeria.

I am happy to receive informal enquiries relating to research in any of the above-indicated areas and assist in working up proposals for doctoral study.

Media Availability

I am a regular contributor to international media outlets on security topics in Africa, particularly the Horn of Africa and Somalia. I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research and I am aware of the need to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me directly on either or 02392843986

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