Caitlin Masoliver

Caitlin Masoliver is the administrative processes and systems staff member and contact for the DRIVE project. Prior to joining Leiden University, Caitlin worked for three years in the non-governmental sector on the themes of peacebuilding, conflict analysis/prevention, and the advancement of SDG16+. She holds a master's degree in International Conflict Studies from King's College London with a focus on transitional justice and gender, and a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Maastricht University. Caitlin's prior experience lies in project management, academic research, publication, and lobbying, and advocacy.

Richard McNeil-Willson is a postdoctoral researcher in the field of terrorism and political violence at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA), Leiden University. He was formerly based at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence (Italy), as a Max Weber Fellow (2021–2022) and Research Associate (2019–2021) and holds a PhD from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter (UK). His work critically analyses the interplay between groups labelled "extremist" and counter-extremism legislation and the tensions between counterterrorism, human rights, and state violence in Europe. As well as working on the European Commission H2020-funded DRIVE project, Richard has also been Main Researcher for the H2020-funded Building Resilience against Violent Extremism and Polarisation (BRaVE) project, and Project Co-instigator for the Erasmus+ project Counterterrorism and Safeguarding in response to Islamic State (CASIS). He has also conducted research for the European Commission on several project-based collaborations between EU Member States. He holds a PhD from the University of Exeter (UK), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (2019), additional degrees from the universities of Edinburgh, Durham, and Exeter (UK), and visiting fellowships from the universities of Aarhus (Denmark) and Scuola Normale Superiore (Italy).

Lianne Vostermans is a postdoctoral researcher in the field of Terrorism and Political Violence at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA), Leiden University. Her research focuses on (violent) social and political mobilisation, paying particular attention to the interplay between emotions, identity, ideology, religion, organisational networks and opportunity structures. Lianne has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Middle East, collecting, amongst others, testimonies of militants. At Leiden University, Lianne works on the European Commission H2020 funded project DRIVE, looking at the dynamics behind the reciprocal radicalisation between Islamist and Right-Wing extremist movements in North-Western Europe.

Lianne obtained her PhD from the Durham Global Security Institute at Durham University (with an ESRC scholarship), holds a MSc in Defence, Development and Diplomacy at Durham University, a PCG in the Psychology of Religion at Cambridge University and a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Utrecht. Previously, Lianne was an affiliate at King’s College London.

Professor Tahir Abbas FRSA FAcSS holds the Chair in Radicalisation Studies at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs in 2018. Previously, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, Professor of Sociology at Fatih Istanbul University, and a Reader (Associate Professor) in Sociology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Culture at the University of Birmingham. He works in the area of sociology and critical terrorism studies, exploring various forms of "radicalisation". His recent book is Countering Violent Extremism (Bloomsbury-IB Tauris, 2021), which is a critique of policy and practise within this field. His previous book, Islamophobia and Radicalisation: A Vicious Cycle, was published by Hurst in London and co-published by Oxford University Press in New York in late 2019. It has been reviewed in Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Journal of Intercultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and The Times Literary Supplement. Other recent books include: Contemporary Turkey in Conflict (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), which has been reviewed in the British Journal of Middle Eastern StudiesInternational AffairsNew Perspectives on Turkey, and Turkish Studies. Recent peer-reviewed journal articles have appeared in Ethnic and Racial StudiesBritish Journal of Sociology of EducationCritical Social PolicyCritical Studies on Terrorism, Ethnicities, and Philosophy and Social CriticismHis recent edited books are Political Muslims (with S. Hamid, Syracuse University Press, 2019) and Muslim Diasporas in the West: Critical Readings in Sociology (4 vols., Routledge Major Works Series, 2016). He has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics (2017–2019) and New York University (2015–2016). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

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