Dr Mohammed 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. After completing his PhD at Loughborough University, Mohammed worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Griffith University’s Centre for Social and Cultural Research in Australia, where he conducted several ethnographic studies in collaboration with multiple industrial and governmental stakeholders. Mohammed joined the University of Portsmouth in November 2019.

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

Mohammed 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 Group(s)

  • Peace, Security and Conflict
  • The Urban Violence Research Network


Research Interests

My research covers a number of areas:

  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Militant groups
  • Al-Shabaab
  • African Security
  • Complexity
  • East Africa

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on the following modules:

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

Current doctoral students:

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