Research Unit on Radicalization
and the Prevention of Extremism

We are committed to the study of radicalization and violent extremism in all its empirical manifestation, including group-based and lone actor radicalization, homegrown terrorism and foreign fighting, large-scale extremist movements and counter-movements, and across religious and ideological convictions.

We conduct and pursue empirical research on the individual, cognitive and situational risk factors of radicalization, inter/intra-group dynamics that propel and accelerate radicalization as well as socio-ecological factors at the community level that may foster community resilience against violent extremism or may facilitate the emergence of radicalizing settings.

We are interested in what radicalization and violent extremism is, how and why it comes about, and where it happens. And, not least, how to prevent it and mitigate its effects on society.