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Dr Mohammed Ibrahim Shire


Mohammed Ibrahim Shire

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on the following modules:

  • Global, State and Corporate Security (Module coordinator)
  • Risk Management (Module coordinator)
  • Counter-Terrorism and UK National Security (Module coordinator)
  • Contemporary Terrorism and the Global Response
  • Online Activism, Cyberterrorism and Cyberwarfare

Current doctoral students:

David Scott - Transnational Security Consulting: UK Practitioner Perspectives

Badar Al Mamari -  Oman's critical security infrastructure and terrorism

Gabriel Hassan - Interplay between development and security with reference to state capture in Northern Nigeria.

I am happy to receive informal enquiries relating to research in any of the above-indicated areas and assist in working up proposals for doctoral study.

Research Interests

  • Al-Shabaab
  • African Security
  • Asymmetric Warfare
  • Terrorism
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Complexity
  • Horn of Africa

Media Availability

I am a regular contributor to international media outlets on security topics in Africa, particularly the Horn of Africa and Somalia. I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research and I am aware of the need to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me directly on either or 02392843986


Dr Mohammed Ibrahim Shire is Lecturer in Security and Risk in the Institute of Criminal Justice at the University of Portsmouth, where he is the Course Leader for the BSc Risk and Security Management.

Dr Ibrahim Shire gained his BSc at the University of Leicester and MSc at Loughborough University. After completing his PhD in Safety and Security Studies at Loughborough University, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Griffith University’s Centre for Social and Cultural Research in Australia. There he implemented several ethnographic projects in collaboration with multiple industrial and government stakeholders. He specialises in the increasingly complex world of risk and security and is multidisciplinary by training and experience. With a regional focus on Africa, his research focuses on a wide range of areas, including terrorism, counterterrorism, asymmetric warfare, security, risk and complexity.

His works have been published in Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Safety Science, and several other journals.

Dr Ibrahim Shire is also the founder of Somali Faces, an award-winning storytelling organisation that raises awareness for social justice in Somalia.

For further information, see his website.


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