Alexander Schiele

Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Government
 Alexander Schiele



Alexander holds a BA degree in Political Science and Public Law from the University of Mannheim (Germany) and a MA degree in Security and Terrorism from the University of Kent (UK). He started his studies in Essex in 2018 and is now a part-time PhD Candidate in Government at the University of Essex. His dissertation focuses on the application of social network analysis in policing terrorist cells. Beside his PhD, he is a lecturer in Security Studies at the Berlin School of Economics and Law since 2019. His main research interests are terrorism, political violence, policing and social network analysis. You can also find him on Twitter: Publications: Koller, Sofia/Alexander Schiele. 2020. "Holding Women Accountable: Prosecuting Female Returnees in Germany." CTC Sentinel 14(10): 38-50.


  • B.A. Politikwissenschaft University of Mannheim (2015)

  • M.A. Security and Terrorism University of Kent (2016)

Research and professional activities


Fight the dark side: Studying law enforcement interventions against terrorist cells with Social Network Analysis

Terrorism is one of the major threats for the security of the European Union and the world. Understanding the network structure of terrorist cells and the identification of key actors is crucial for effective counterterrorism by law enforcement agencies. This dissertation examines the structure of terrorist cells and the impact of interventions by law enforcement by using a human and social capital approach. Unique data on five terrorist cells from Germany is analysed using social network analys

Supervisor: Prof. Tobias Böhmelt , Dr Brian Phillips

Research interests

Terrorism, Political Violence, Terrorist Organisations, Counter-Terrorism Policing, Social Network Analysis



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