Dr. Uzair Ahmed

Uzair Ahmed is currently a PhD fellow at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography and an affiliate at the Center for Research on extremism at the University of Oslo. Drawing on fieldwork, including interviews with radicalised Muslims, in his upcoming work, Ahmed elucidates how Muslim men in Norway make meaning about why they adopt, maintain and reject political violence. In his forthcoming work, Ahmed also discusses how racialisation may influence research when studying radicalisation among Muslims. His research interests are race and ethnicity studies, radicalisation, religion, cultural sociology and qualitative methods.

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).

Iris Beau Segers holds a PhD in Media and Communication, acquired at the University of Oslo, and currently works as a researcher at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo. Her forthcoming book Mobilization against Asylum Seekers in Contemporary Urban Spaces: Not in Our Backyard is expected to come out in early 2022, as part of the Routledge Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest and Culture. Iris’ work combines research methods such as ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, and quantitative and qualitative content analysis. She enjoys working as an interdisciplinary scholar, studying far-right mobilization through a variety of theoretical lenses, from the fields of Media Studies, Sociology and Political Science.

Dr Sara Jul Jacobsen has a Ph.D. in women and militant Islam and great experience in researching radicalisation and extremism within Islamic milieus in Europe, particularly in Denmark. Her work mainly draws on online fieldwork and open-source studies to examine the outreach, push and pull factors and the instrumental use of gender in Islamic propaganda on social media. Sara focuses her research interests on gender, religious violence, and research methods. She has participated in international and national conferences on gender, radicalisation, and terrorism, as a key speaker and as a panelist. She also worked and published on counter-radicalisation issues focusing on the matter of gender and need for female specific PCVE-initiatives.

Dr Anne-Marie Martindale is a social anthropologist with interests in the negotiation of embodied identities and their wider intersections with health, appearance, and religion across the life course; she is an experienced researcher, lecturer and knowledge exchange and impact specialist.

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.

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