Manuel R. Torres is an Associate Professor at the Area of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Pablo de Olavide en Sevilla. He is a Director of the Specialization Course in Analysis of Jihadist Terrorism, Insurgencies and Radical Movements of the UPO and a professor at the Master in Studies of Terrorism at the International University of Rioja (UNIR) and at the Master of Strategic Studies and International Security at the University of Granada.
He was an investigator in the Department of Political Science and Administration at the University of Granada (Intern in the National Program for Training of University Faculty), Visiting Fellow in the Hoover Institution on War Revolution and Peace of the University of Stanford (California), Visiting Research Associate in the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. and Visiting Fellow in the International Center for the Study of Radicalization (ICSR) of the King’s College in London, Centre for International Studies (CIS) of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Visiting Scholar in the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs of the Harvard University and a Fellow in the Real Colegio Complutense.
He is a Doctor by the University of Granada with a thesis titled “The propagandistic dimension of the global Jihadist terrorism”, a work of investigation that obtained the classification of “Excellent cum laude by unanimity” and which was awarded by the Defense Award of Investigation 2008 granted by the Ministry of Defense to the best investigative work developed at Universities. He graduated from Political Sciences and Sociology with the Extraordinary Award by the same University. He has also obtained the title of Master in “Management and Organization of Human Resources” by the Official College of Political Scientists and Sociologists in Madrid.
His lines of investigation are political violence, terrorism, political communication and transformation of Defense. He was a researcher in the investigation project Communicative action and political communication in the terrorist phenomenon. Strategies to deny support for the violent, financed by the University Institute "General Gutiérrez Mellado" (UNED); investigator in the project I+D financed by the Ministry of Science and Technology: Political Observatory: Spain-Maghreb: Political Liberalization and Migrations and a consultant of the international investigation project De-radicalization and Disengagement in Prisons - Lessons from 15 Countries, directed by the King's College of London. At present he is a researcher in the Project of Investigation CSO2010-17849: The organizational structure of the international terrorism: Analysis of its evolution and its implications for the European Security, which pertains to the National Plan of I+D+I 2008-2011.
He authored the book The Echo of Terror: Ideology and propaganda in the Jihadist terrorism (Plaza y Valdés, Madrid, 2009), as well as numerous book chapters and scientific articles published in specialized journals such as: Mediterranean Politics, International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. He was invited to give lectures at the Institute of Public Security in Cataluña, the Superior School of the Armed Forces (ESFAS), the Centre Alti Studi per la lotta al Terrorismo e la Violenza Politica (C.e.A.S) in Rome and in more than twenty universities and Spanish or international research centers.
He has received various awards in recognition of his academic and investigative performance: The Extraordinary Award of the First Cycle of his Degree by the University of Granada; The First National Award for the Graduation in University Studies in Political Science granted by the Ministry of Education and Culture (2002); Award of Investigation and Essay (2004) by the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology of the University of Granada; Award of “Francisco Moreno” (2005) granted by the Revista General de Marina; The Third Award by the Journal of the Armed Forces (2007); the Defense Award of Investigation 2008 and the Award of Investigation Real Maestranza de Caballería of Sevilla (UPO, the 4th edition – 2010).