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Economic, Social and Political SciencesPostgraduate study

Miss Ashton Kingdon BA Sociology, MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, MSc Web Science

Postgraduate research student

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My PhD is interdisciplinary, combining the academic disciplines of criminology, history and computer science in order to explore the role technology has within the radicalisation process, whilst giving equal weight to the subcultural elements of the users of this technology.

I am interested in the subcultural elements of radicalisation and the impact of technology on terrorist recruitment strategies, as well as the power of the image within extremist propaganda.

I am a PhD candidate in Web Science at the University of Southampton. My research focuses upon the ways in which extremists use the Web for recruitment and radicalisation, placing equal focus on the influence of technology and the subcultural elements of radicalisation evidenced within the users of this technology. I have recently completed an MSc in Web Science, the dissertation for which, titled Beneath the Echo Chamber: A Cultural Criminological Analysis of Right-Wing Radicalisation on the Web, focused on the power and influence of memetic warfare and the institutional interconnections that exist within right-wing subcultures, in addition to how their values are internalised through the propaganda they disseminate. Prior to this, I completed an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Portsmouth and my Dissertation entitled Seductions of the Caliphate: A Cultural Criminological Analysis of Online Islamic State Propaganda, recently won the National Security Wilf Knight Award for the value that it placed towards the knowledge informing the UK governments Prevent Strategy. I also have a BA in Sociology from the University of Kent, with my research focusing on the cultural script of terrorism, the road to 9/11, and the symbiotic relationship that exists between terrorists and the media


Research interests

  • Subcultural Elements of Radicalisation,
  • The role of technology in terrorist recruitment
  • The power of the image within terrorist propaganda

Miss Ashton Kingdon
Reception Building 58 University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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