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DRIVE Project Conference in Brussels: Challenging Conventional Thinking on Radicalisation

The ground-breaking project DRIVE, which receives funding from the European Union, recently held its main conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 11-12 June 2024. The two-day event brought together a diverse audience from across Europe, including scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and community groups representing various disciplines such as the social sciences, humanities, and medical sciences. The conference […]

From Mainstream to Extreme: The Transmission of Harmful Messaging Online

Introduction In today’s digital age, online spaces have transformed the way in which people communicate. The internet has been a sort of breeding ground for radicalization, often fostering echo chambers and hosting fringe communities. Exploring the dynamics of these virtual environments, this blog piece explores themes surrounding extremist messaging, information dissemination, and online spaces through […]

An Update on the Drive Project

The Drive project was launched in January 2021 to help the project’s researchers understand the relationship between views that might be understood as ‘radical’ and the structural factors that may be connected to them, including space, place, identity, and structural exclusion. At the time when the project was first conceived, there were concerns, especially, about […]

Media Coverage of Demonstrations Staged by Extreme Movements in Norway

This blog post was co-authored by Christopher Fardan and Katrine Fangen. It was originally published as an op-ed in Medier24, which is Norway’s biggest newspaper for media news, as well as news about journalism, communication, social media, and technology. On 29 October, members of the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) marched in the streets of Oslo. […]

Women and the Far Right: The Challenge to Gender Equality

Far-right extremist groups have been receiving increasing attention in the media and from policymakers, as concern grows about their interaction with anti-governmental sentiment. This article looks at how far-right ideology and anti-feminism are intertwined, as well as how such ideologies can appeal to women. One aspect of interest is the increasing number of women functioning […]

(Non) Violent Extremism Trends and Prevention: Research and Fieldwork Challenge

This piece analyses the main challenges encountered during the ‘Countering Radicalisation through Lifestories’ research project – which ran from 2016 to 2019 and involved the collection of roughly 300 interviews – and provides mitigation strategies that researchers could employ while engaging in collecting empirical data. The region analysed as part of this project was South Eastern Europe, […]

No Prevention without Representation: Jihadism and Right Wing Terrorism in EU Prevention Policy

Existing work on the development of responses to extremist violence notes a widespread international turn towards favouring Prevention/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) initiatives over police-based counter-terrorism (Tsui, 2020). But in 2022, Prevention is phasing out of its decade-long obsession with ISIS. Indeed, new primary and tertiary prevention programmes are increasingly focused on an emerging contender: right-wing terrorism […]

Religious ideas in civil war mobilisation

One of the prevailing questions in the field of extremism and radicalisation is the role of religious beliefs[1] in the mobilisation towards violence. How are religious ideas and violence connected? And, are religious ideas more prone to inspiring violence compared to other ideologies? Generally, scholars agree that religious beliefs can impact mobilisation processes, but that […]

How big is the threat of ‘lone-wolf terrorism’ in Britain?

The first author of this piece is Jacob Astley, an Honorary Research Assistant at the University of Liverpool Shortly before 11am on Sunday 14th November 2021, a day intended to be one of peaceful reflection and remembrance, ended before commemorations could begin in Liverpool, when a homemade bomb was exploded inside a taxi outside the […]

Meet the Team: Dr Laura Zahra McDonald

This third interview in the series of Meet The Team with DRIVE members features Dr. Laura Zahra McDonald, who is a founding director of ConnectFutures, an independent civil society organisation based in the UK, that works with young people, communities and professionals to prevent violence, extremism and exploitation. "The social, political and personal implications of […]

Meet the Team: Dr. Mark Sedgwick

This second interview in the series of Meet The Team with DRIVE members features Dr. Mark Sedgwick, who is the Principle Investigator at Aarhus University. As a Principal Investigator for the DRIVE Project, what perspectives are you bringing to the project? I originally trained as a historian, and I think this still has a lot […]

Meet the Team: Prof. Tahir Abbas

How is a Horizon 2020 project conducted? Who are the professionals working on DRIVE and which perspectives do they bring to the project? In this series of interviews, you will get to meet the team members of DRIVE and learn more about their areas of expertise and the role they play throughout the course of the project.
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