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Dr Nat Jester

Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology

I am a lecturer in sociology and criminology with a research expertise in security and identity in digital spaces. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and sometimes publish on teaching, too.


I am a lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at the University of Gloucestershire. I focus on in/security and identity on digital platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and online news websites asking what practices of violence these discourses make possible. Common sub themes in my work include violence, militarisation, gender, technology, states, Orientalism and the everyday. I have an expertise in discourse analysis, digital methods and visual material such as images and videos. I sometimes publish on teaching, too.


  • PhD Politics (specialism: International Relations), University of Bristol, 2020
  • PGDip Research Methods, University of Bristol, 2020
  • MSc Gender and International Relations, University of Bristol, 2012
  • Bsc Politics, University of Bristol, 2011

Membership of professional bodies

  • University of Bristol Global Insecurities Centre
  • SPAIS Gender Research Centre
  • British International Studies Association
  • Political Studies Association

Teaching & Research


My teaching speaks to my expertise across global issues and identities. I employ the scaffolding method first developed by Lev Vygotsky, offering varying levels of support depending on year of study, and take a holistic approach to best facilitate learning.


My research is concerned with the intersection of security and identity in digital spaces. It asks what practices of global violence might be made possible by the discourses found in spaces such as online news reporting, social media and other digital platforms.

Publications from Nat can be found in the research repository.


More publications from Dr Nat Jester can be found in the Research Repository.