Zoe ten Voorde is currently completing a MSc in Crisis and Security Management: Governance of Radicalism, Extremism, and Terrorism at Leiden University. She holds a BSc in Security Studies with a minor in Global Affairs from Leiden University.
Her main areas of interest include radicalisation and extremism, with a focus on the role of right-wing extremist groups in the radicalisation process. Furthermore, she is interested in the spread of propaganda via social media and online radicalisation, as well as the radicalisation path that leads to genocides. Zoe was born and raised in the Netherlands, so she speaks both Dutch and English.
Flavie Curinier holds a BA in International Studies with a focus on the MENA region from Leiden University. She is currently completing her MSc in Crisis and Security Management: Governance of Radicalism, Extremism, and Terrorism at the Institute of Global Affairs, Leiden University.
Her main research interests include radicalization, extremism, and terrorism, with a focus on understanding the structural and psychological factors leading to violent actions. She is also interested in the MENA region, specifically its international relations and the vacuums of power that create opportunities for violent armed groups to gain control. Her interest further focuses on France in the context of Islamophobia and extremism.
Born and raised in France, Flavie is fluent in French, English, and Spanish, as well as a beginner in Arabic.
Seran de Leede works on the topics of women, gender, and political violence as an independent researcher. Her research interests include the involvement of women in violent extremist groups and the relevance of gender in understanding and countering/preventing violent extremism. In her recent publications, she explored the motivations of women joining far-right extremist groups and lessons learned from German exit/prevent programmes aimed at far-right extremist women; the role of women in De Rode Jeugd (The Red Youth, a violent radical Left group active in the Netherlands in the 1970s); the position of Afghan women towards the Taliban; the relevance of adopting a gender perspective in efforts aimed to counter/prevent violent extremism; the motivations and roles of Western women supporting the Islamic State (ISIS); and the roles (and relevance) of women in jihadist groups from a historical perspective. Most recently, she co-edited a special issue for the Central Asia Program on the effect of gender structures and dynamics on violent extremism in the Central Asia region, and she co-authored a toolkit for professionals working with Islamist radicalised women and girls.
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.
Tessa has completed a BA in Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University, including minors in International Relations and Conflict Studies and extra courses at the University of Sydney. Currently, she is completing a MSc in Crisis and Security Management: Governance of Radicalism, Extremism, and Terrorism at Leiden University. Her interest is in the interactions between security, society, and politics. Moreover, she is focused on the interplay between exclusion and (online) inclusion of people. This interest extends to the way in which this interplay plays a role in polarisation within societies. Apart from having a keen interest in polarisation within societies, she is also focused on the relevance of this interplay of exclusion and inclusion in understanding and countering or preventing radicalization and extremism. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Tessa speaks Dutch and English. In addition, she is currently learning French.
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 at Leiden University in The Hague. Previously, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, a Professor of Sociology at 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. His recent books are Islamophobia and Securitisation (Springer-Nature, 2022, with L Welten), Countering Violent Extremism (Bloomsbury-IB Tauris, 2021), and Islamophobia and Radicalisation (Oxford University Press, 2019). He has recently 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.