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Research at St Andrews

Yannick Veilleux-Lepage


Research overview

Thesis Summary

In order to redress gaps in the current literature and provide a contextually appropriate view of the historical treatment of terrorism, this project will provide a framework to facilitate the examination of the emergence of techniques of political violence associated with terrorism by means of an evolutionary theory. It is postulated that, employed as a useful metaphor, evolutionary theory can allow for the derivation of useful causal explanations as to how and why new techniques of political violence emerge or are innovated upon, spread across various times and places, endure, and sometimes disappear altogether.


Prior to engaging in doctoral studies at the University of St Andrews, Yannick worked as an analyst for the Government of Canada in a variety of capacities (please contact directly for job titles and descriptions). In addition to his doctoral research, Yannick is also undertaking research on the creation of narratives and climates which foster terrorism, with a particular focus on the Islamic State’s use of social media. Yannick holds a Masters of Arts in International Affairs (Conflict Analysis) from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and a Bachelor of Arts in Directed Interdisciplinary Studies (Security Studies) from Carleton University, Canada. Yannick is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Junior Research Affiliate of the Canadian Network for Research of Terrorism, Security and Society. 

Yannick welcomes inquiries from the media pertaining to international terrorism and his research on the evolution of terrorism, jihadism in cyberspace, and discourse and propaganda.

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