Stuart Macdonald

Fullbright Visiting Fellow



Interdisciplinary Research Hub Affiliation(s): Constructions of Terrorism Research Project

  • Criminal law
  • Criminal justice policy
  • Counterterrorism legislation and policy
  • Cyberterrorism and terrorists' use of the internet


Stuart Macdonald is Professor of Law and Criminology at Swansea University, U.K. His research interests lie in criminal law and counterterrorism, particularly cyberterrorism and terrorists’ use of the internet. Macdonald is a Co-Director of Swansea University’s EPSRC-funded £7.6m CHERISH Digital Economy Centre and Director of the Swansea University’s multidisciplinary cyberterrorism research project. To date the Cyberterrorism Project has conducted a survey of the global research community, compiled a database of definitions of cyberterrorism, conducted a study of online terrorist magazines, compiled a database of news stories on cyberterrorism, hosted a NATO Advanced Research Workshop and three international symposia, and published three edited collections and five policy reports (see further He is also holder of a Fulbright Cyber Security Award.

Previously Macdonald has completed projects on the construction and application of principles in counterterrorism policy, the notion that counterterrorism policy must balance security and liberty (funded by the British Academy) and Swansea’s approach to youth anti-social behaviour (funded by the Welsh Government). He has also written a number of other articles on the regulation of anti-social behaviour, considering such issues as the use of ASBOs against young people, the definition of anti-social behaviour and the classification of the ASBO as a civil remedy.