Doctor Ashton Kingdon

Dr Ashton Kingdon

Lecturer In Criminology

Research interests

  • Terrorism 
  • Radicalisation 
  • Extremism 

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Ashton Kingdon is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Southampton. She is also an Advisory Board Member at the Accelerationism Research Consortium, a research fellow at VOX-Pol, a core member of the Extremism and Gaming Research Network (EGRN), a member of the steering committee for the British Society of Criminology's Hate Crime Network and former head of Technology and Research Ethics at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right. Ashton Kingdon’s research is interdisciplinary, combining criminology, history, and computer science to explore the ways in which extremists utilise technology and imagery for recruitment and radicalisation, whilst giving equal weight to the subcultural elements of the users of this technology. In addition, she examines the various ways history is being manipulated and weaponised to fuel contemporary extremist narratives. She has taught widely in the areas of criminology, security theory, politics and international relations, and terrorism studies. Throughout the past few years she has advised the UK, US, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian governments and law enforcement, military, United Nations, and social media companies as to the risks posed by extremists operating online. In addition to extremists’ use of technology to recruit and radicalise, her expertise lies in analysing the relationship existing between terrorism and climate change