Michael Livesey

Department of Politics and International Relations

Research assistant and PhD student

Graduate Teaching Assistant

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Michael Livesey
Department of Politics and International Relations
Modular Teaching Village
Northumberland Road
S10 1AJ

Michael is an ESRC-funded doctoral student in the Department of Politics and International Relations, and Research Assistant on the Civil War Paths Project. His research focuses on the emergence of new counter-terrorism practices in 1970s Britain. His thesis explores how historical discourses enable or constrain the evolution of new security relations, as witnessed in the UK case. He uses mixed quantitative and qualitative methods to analyse spatial and linguistic elements of 1970s counter-terrorism: considering material from the Hansard record of parliamentary debates, the UK National Archives, and the Belfast 'peace walls'. He is also editor for the Civil War Paths Project blog; and has worked on creating a 'map' of all civil war cases (coded according to the project's framework for typologising conflicts).


BA (Hons) History – University of Oxford, 2014.

MSc International Relations – London School of Economics and Political Science, 2016.

MA Social Research – University of Sheffield, 2020.

Research interests

Thesis title: 'No such thing as political violence'... A genealogy of security in 1970s Britain.

Supervisors: Dr Lisa StampnitzkyDr Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid.

Funding: ESRC Doctoral Studentship.

Research interests:

  • Security
  • Terrorism
  • Temporality
  • Discourse
  • History
  • Space
  • British politics
  • Genealogy

Journal articles

Teaching activities
  • POL6005 Contemporary Global Security (MA)
  • POL118 British Politics (BA)