The Terrorism and Political Violence Association (TAPVA) is an academic network based at the University of Leeds since 2011 and is a part of the Terrorism Research Initiative. We seek to facilitate academic research in the field of Terrorism and Political Violence which can have an impact on society, both at the level of government policy and within communities. To meet this goal, TAPVA’s events have been held in conjunction with a number of esteemed think tank organisation and has attracted internationally renowned experts in the field of terrorism.
TAPVA also directs innovative research projects through its specialised network, the Radicalisation and Violent Extremism in Societies (RaVE) research cluster. It draws together expertise and experiences in social movement theory, public opinion analysis, and local communities.
The network also aims to encourage students to engage in the academic study of terrorism through its student-led events and internship programme. Its student network also publishes research by students on its dedicated website. In 2015, TAPVA published Terrorism and Political Violence with Sage Publications to introduce students to the main concepts, debates and issues within the field. The student network also aims to bring together PhD students to provide a state of the field.