Stuart Macdonald

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 www.cyberterrorism-project.org). 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.

Academic Area
Awards and Honors

Winner, Outstanding Research Collaboration (The Cyberterrorism Project), Swansea University Research and Innovation Awards, 2016

Winner, Outstanding Research Supervision, Swansea University Research and Innovation Awards, 2016

Nominated for LawCareers.Net Law Lecturer of the Year award, 2016

Nominated for Oxford University Press Law Lecturer of the Year Award, 2016

Outstanding Contribution to Student Employability Award, Swansea Employability Academy, 2015

Runner-Up, Outstanding Impact in Law and Public Policy, Swansea University Impact Awards, 2015

Nominated for Swansea University Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award, 2015

Runner-Up, Swansea University Research Community Award, (The Cyberterrorism Project), 2013

Runner-Up, Swansea University Research as Art Competition, (The Cyberterrorism Project), 2013

Pro Vice Chancellor’s Award for Promoting Student Employability, 2013

Nominated for LawCareers.Net Law Lecturer of the Year award, 2012

Nominated for Swansea University Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award, 2012

Academic Appointments
  • Co-Director, CHERISH - Digital Economy Research Centre

    2016 - Present

  • Co-Lead, Research Environment - College of Law & Criminology

    2015 - Present

  • Deputy Director - Centre for Criminal Justice & Criminology, Swansea University

    2011 - Present

  • Acting Head - Department of Criminology, Swansea University

    2011 - 2012

  • Work Placements Co-ordinator, College of Law - Swansea University

    2008 - 2015

  • Director of Postgraduate Research - College of Law, Swansea University

    2008 - 2011