Douglas Weeks

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Douglas Weeks

Dr. Weeks specialises in radicalisation processes and counter-terrorism policy. Within those fields, his research has broadly centred on the convergence of counter-terror policy, delivered by public safety agencies, and how mainstream and radicalised individuals respond. He actively conducts primary research to understand the changing realities of radicalisation and interacts regularly with public safety groups and radicalised individuals in Europe and the Middle East. Before entering academia he spent 29 years as a career firefighter and served as his city’s Terrorism Coordinator from 1996 until his retirement in 2009.


Ph.D. University of St. Andrews, Scotland (International Relations/Terrorism Studies)

M.A. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA (Security Studies)

B.S. Cogswell Polytechnical College (Fire Service Management) 

Relevant Employment

California State University Long Beach (2008-present)

University of St Andrews (2013-2014)

City of Orange Fire Department (1987- 2009)


Research Interests

  • Radicalisation and extremism
  • Counter-terrorism policy
  • Counter-terrorism policing
  • Foreign Fighter's

Journal Articles

Weeks, D. and Spalek, B., eds (Approved, in process for publication 2015). The Role of Communities in Counter-Terrorism. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Special Edition.

Research Projects

The Victimisation Experience and the Radicalisation Process: An Understanding of the Perpetrator Victim Cycle Amongst Individuals Involved in Terrorism. Institute for Social and Economic Change (Forthcoming, 2015).

Formers and Families. European Commission, 2015.