Dr. Inés Bolaños-Somoano

Ines is a qualitative researcher employing interviews, archival evidence, and policy analysis to study European extremism prevention policies and practices. Her PhD thesis looked at the emergence and consolidation of Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism (P/CVE) as a distinct policy field in the European Union. Her current research focuses on European right-wing extremism, online radicalisation, and potential strategies to counter online right-wing milieus. Inés is interested in processes of EU norm localisation within national counterterrorism regimes.

Aside from her academic research, Inés has worked within European institutions in Brussels, such as the Commission and the Parliamentary Research Service, producing policy-oriented reports. In terms of civil society, Inés annually collaborates with the European Islamophobia Report, co-authoring a chapter on Islamophobia in Spain. Finally, Ines is a university lecturer teaching on European terrorism and counterterrorism.

Cátia de Carvalho is a post-doctoral fellow on the Drive project. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Porto (2017-2022), funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, in which she investigated some of the factors explaining the absence of violent extremism within Islamist-inspired terrorism in Portugal. During her doctoral project, Cátia was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Criminology of the University of Cambridge (2020). At the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto, Cátia was a researcher in the project Networking the Educational World: Across Boundaries for Community-Building (NEW ABC), a H2020 project funded by the European Commission, and a lecturer in psychology and extremism. Her research interests focus on violent extremism, social exclusion, and discrimination as drivers of radicalisation, as well as disinformation and forced migrations. Her work has been funded by the European Commission, Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, the US Department of Homeland Security, and Public Safety Canada. Additionally, she is a member of the European Researchers Community on Radicalisation of the Radicalisation Awareness Network and works as a consultant on preventing and countering violent extremism at the OSCE.

Zenia has a PhD from the University of Copenhagen on contentious politics among Arab media users in Europe. Her dissertation focused on the role of the media in political activism among Syrian diaspora groups in Denmark, Sweden, and Germany. She holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies with Arabic from the University of Copenhagen and a BA in Arab and Islamic Studies from Aarhus University. She studied at Lund University's media department and was a visiting scholar at the Freie Universität in Berlin. She is a member of the editorial board of the Scandinavian Journal of Islamic Studies. She has been teaching the MA course Media in the Middle East at the University of Copenhagen and has published several articles on diasporic media practices and the uprising in Syria. Zenia’s research interests revolve around the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as media and migration. She is interested in how media representations, among other factors, form identity processes and feelings of belonging. She is also concerned with research methods and methodological reflections, especially in relation to conducting fieldwork.

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.

Sara Jul Jacobsen has great experience conducting fieldwork within religious milieus in Europe, particularly in Denmark. Her research interests are gender, religion, and research methods. She has participated in international and national conferences on gender and religion as a key speaker or as a panellist. She also worked on and published on counter-radicalisation issues, focusing on gender, religion, and policy.

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.
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