Radicalisation Studies Programme
The Radicalisation Studies Programme examines the processes of radicalisation to violence of individuals and groups of individuals in the specific contexts within which they occur. It takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the radicalisation process, cognisant that it is the complex interweaving of social and political dynamics as well as the personal that leads one to regard the use of violence as a legitimate repertoire of protest. Drawing on theories from criminology, psychology, sociology, history and political science, and based on rigorous analysis and sound methods of inquiry, the Programme aims to distil the push and pull factors of radicalisation to violence, the indicators and tipping points for violence, the different ways to counter radicalisation and promote community resilience against extremist ideas, and learn from global best practices.
Ongoing research includes examining evolving terrorist motivations in the region and beyond, inmate radicalisation in prison settings, and Internet-facilitated radicalisation processes. Such works have been published as books and in internationally refereed journals as well as opinion pieces. The Programme’s academic endeavours bolster its policy-relevant research agenda. Empirical data collection and analysis as well as practitioner input from the frontlines of security and policymakers help the Programme identify and design research projects that are useful in the real world as it strives to contribute informed views in public debates on the issue of radicalisation.
The Programme organises yearly workshops that address various issues related to the study of radicalisation, such as online radicalisation and countering violent extremism. These workshops are attended by prominent academics and analysts, policymakers, and active security practitioners and officers from around the world.
Last updated on 07/08/2014