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University of Silesia in Katowice

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Institute of Political Science
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prof. dr hab. Miron Lakomy


Miron Lakomy is a Professor at the Institute of Political Sciences, the University of Silesia, Poland and a visiting fellow at the ITSTIME research centre in Milan, Italy, within the NAWA Bekker programme (2023-2024). During his academic career, he held visiting research positions at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge (twice, in 2011 and 2018) and the European University Institute. He was also an International Research Fellow at the Information Society Law Center of the University of Milan (2022-2023, non-resident). In the past, he conducted research visits to the University of Toronto, King’s College London and the Middle East Media Research Institute in Washington, D.C. Miron Lakomy held visiting teaching positions at the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis and Università Degli Studi di Napoli. Moreover, he has headed numerous research grants, including those funded by the Global Network on Extremism & Technology (King’s College London), International Council For Canadian Studies and the National Science Centre in Poland. He has been a member of numerous academic bodies, including the Editorial Board of Security Journal (Palgrave Macmillan, IF: 1.866), Countering Violent Extremism Working Group at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Constitutional Responses to Terrorism research group within the International Association of Constitutional Law. He was a member of the Panel of Experts in programs funded by the National Science Centre.

His research primarily focuses on various aspects of political violence and terrorism on the Internet, as well as military conflicts. He has published five monographs and more than 60 scientific papers in the United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Ukraine, Czech Republic, and Poland. His papers concerning, among others, digital jihad have appeared in leading journals in the field, including Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, Security Journal, Media, War & Conflict, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, and Perspectives on Terrorism. He is an author of Islamic State’s Online Propaganda: A Comparative Analysis (London-New York, Routledge, 2021; hardback). His works have been published in English, French, Hebrew, and Polish. Some of his findings on the Islamic State’s activities were widely discussed by popular electronic mass media, such as the “Huffington Post” and Yahoo!. He also contributed to the “Scientific American”.

Current research projects:

  • 2023-2024 – Mapping the digital jihadist ecosystem: Towards understanding the propaganda strategies of the violent extremist Salafi-jihadist organisations on the Internet (VEOMAP) – project funded by Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) within the framework of the Bekker programme. Role: principal investigator. The study is realized at the ITSTIME research centre in Milan, Italy.
  • 2022-2023 – Let’s Play Extremism – a project funded by Cyber Threats Research Centre, Swansea University. Role: investigator. The project is coordinated by Dr Imogen Richards from Deakin University.




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