Professor Michael Lister
Professor of Politics
School of Social Sciences
Michael is Professor of Politics. He joined the Department in November 2007, having previously been Lecturer in Politics at the University of Surrey and an ESRC/Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, where he also gained his PhD. His research and teaching interests focus around the intersections of terrorism/counterterrorism and public understandings of security and citizenship. He has been invited to speak about his research by the Home Office, police officers and independent review bodies. Michael is currently Research Lead for the School of Law and Social Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Teaching and supervision
- U23122 The Government and Politics of the USA
- U23176 Counter Terrorism in Comparative Perspective
- P23120 Critical Approaches to Terrorism
Michael is currently supervising two research students within the department and is keen to supervise promising candidates. He would particularly welcome proposals on any aspect of citizenship, political participation, community cohesion and the politics of anti-terrorism policies.
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Michael's research coalesces around a concern with the ways that the state influences citizens' behaviour. This happens directly, (coercively even), but also indirectly. State actions support and propose norms of behaviour which influence how individuals behave as the norms that policies and actions propagate and support have effects beyond those intended by the original action or initiative. These interests take in areas such as Citizenship, Political Participation, Comparative Welfare State analysis, (New) Institutionalism and State theory.
He has worked on an ESRC funded project entitled 'Anti-Terrorism, Citizenship and Security in the UK', with Dr Lee Jarvis (University of East Anglia), which aims to examine to what extent citizens of the United Kingdom feel that their security has been enhanced (or even diminished) by contemporary anti-terrorism measures.
He is currently working on a project which examines the influence of public opinion on UK counter terrorism policy.
Centres and institutes
Finlayson A, Jarvis L, Lister M, 'COVID-19 and "The Public": UK Government Discourse And The British Political Tradition'
Contemporary Politics [online first] (2023)
ISSN: 1356-9775 eISSN: 1469-3631Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Lister M, 'Explaining Counterterrorism in the UK: Normal politics, securitized politics or performativity of the neoliberal state?'
Critical Studies on Terrorism 12 (3) (2018) pp.416-439
ISSN: 1753-9153 eISSN: 1753-9161Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Jarvis L, Lister M, '‘As a woman…’; ‘As a Muslim…’: Subjects, positions and counter-terrorism powers in the United Kingdom'
Critical Social Policy 37 (2) (2017) pp.245-267
ISSN: 0261-0183 eISSN: 1461-703XAbstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Jarvis L, Lister M, 'What would you do? Everyday Conceptions and Constructions of Counter-terrorism'
Politics 36 (3) (2016) pp.277-291
ISSN: 0263-3957 eISSN: 1467-9256Abstract Published here
Jarvis L, Lister M, 'State terrorism research and critical terrorism studies: an assessment'
Critical Studies on Terrorism 7 (1) (2014) pp.43-61
ISSN: 1753-9153 eISSN: 1753-9161Abstract Published here
Lister M, 'Citizens, doing it for themselves? The Big Society and Government Through Community'
Parliamentary Affairs 68 (2) (2014) pp.352-370
ISSN: 0031-2290 eISSN: 1460-2482Abstract Published here
Jarvis L, Lister M, 'Disconnected citizenship? The impacts of anti-terrorism policy on citizenship in the UK'
Political Studies 61 (3) (2013) pp.656-675
ISSN: 0032-3217 eISSN: 1467-9248Abstract Published here
Lister M, Jarvis L, 'Disconnection and resistance: anti-terrorism and citizenship in the UK'
Citizenship Studies 17 (6/7) (2013) pp.756-769
ISSN: 1362-1025Abstract Published here
Lister M, Jarvis L, 'Vernacular securities and their study: a qualitative analysis and research agenda'
International Relations 27 (2) (2013) pp.158-179
ISSN: 0047-1178Abstract Published here
Lister M, Otero-Iglesias M, 'New problems, old solutions? Explaining variations in British and Spanish anti-terrorism policy'
Comparative European Politics 10 (5) (2012) pp.564-584
ISSN: 1472-4790Abstract Published here
Jarvis L, Lister M, 'Stakeholder security: the new western way of counter-terrorism?'
Contemporary Politics 16 (2) (2010) pp.173-188
ISSN: 1356-9775 eISSN: 1469-3631Abstract Published here
Lister M, 'Methods, Theories and Evidence: a Reply to Arzheimer'
The British Journal of Politics and International Relations 11 (2009) pp.518-525
ISSN: 1369-1481 eISSN: 1467-856XPublished here
Lister, M, 'Marshall-ing social and political citizenship: towards a unified conception of citizenship'
Government and Opposition 40 (4) (2005) pp.471-491
ISSN: 0017-257X eISSN: 1477-7053Abstract Published here
O’Toole T, Lister M, Marsh D, Jones S, McDonagh A, 'Tuning out or left out? : participation and non-participation among young people'
Contemporary Politics 9 (1) (2003) pp.45-61
ISSN: 1356-9775 eISSN: 1469-3631Published here
- 2013-Present Reader in Politics, Oxford Brookes University
- 2007-2013 Senior Lecturer in Politics, Oxford Brookes University
- 2005-2007 Lecturer in Politics, University of Surrey
- 2004-2005 ESRC/ODPM Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Birmingham
- 2000-2004 PhD in Political Science, University of Birmingham
- 1999-2000 MA in Research Methods (Political Science), University of Birmingham
- 1996-1999 BSocSci Political Science, University of Birmingham