Michele Grossman

Research Chair in Diversity and Community Resilience, Deakin University

Professor Michele Grossman stepped down in March 2017 as Director, Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing, to take up a new role as Professorial Research Chair in Diversity and Community Resilience at Deakin University’s Alfred Deakin Institute in Melbourne. Michele continues to serve as Honorary Professor of Cultural Studies in the College of Arts and Education, where she supervises PhD students and collaborates with VU colleagues on research projects.

Michele’s role as Research Chair is to develop and lead research studies, projects and engagement initiatives in countering violent extremism, understanding the cultural dimensions of community resilience, building social cohesion in pluralistic societies, and extending engagement with community perspectives on how best to address social challenges around violence, community safety and cultural and religious bias. Michele’s research explores countering violent extremism (CVE) in relation to community resilience and cultural diversity.

She also researches the role of multimodality in violent extremist messaging strategies. Michele has led or co-led several influential Australian-based studies with significant policy and program impacts including Community and Radicalisation (2013), Harnessing Resilience Capital (2014), Community Reporting Thresholds (2015) and the Stocktake Research Project, a systematic review of social cohesion, community resilience and violent extremism literature (2016) with research partners including the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, Australian Federal Police, Victoria Police, Victorian Dept. of Premier and Cabinet, Defence Science and Technology Group, and the Australian Multicultural Foundation. Her current research focuses on the experience of the families of young people who join foreign conflicts, and on gendered experiences of violent extremism.

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Project information

As part of its activities, CREST identifies and funds innovative and forward-looking economic, behavioural and social science research that contributes to our understanding of contemporary security threats.

Michele Grossman is part of CREST funded commissioned project: Community Reporting Of Violent Extremist Activity And Involvement In Foreign Conflict. Read more about this project here.

Recent publications

Grossman, M., Peucker, M., Smith, D. and Dellal, H. (2016) The Stocktake Research Project: A systematic literature and selected program review on social cohesion, community resilience and violent extremism 2011-2015, Community Resilience Unit, Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, Melbourne, Vic.
Grossman, M. and Tahiri, H. (2015) ‘Community perceptions of radicalisation and violent extremism: an Australian perspective’, Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, 10 (1), pp. 14-24.
Grossman, M. (2015) Community Reporting Thresholds: Sharing Information with Authorities Concerning Violent Extremist Activity and Involvement in Foreign Conflict, Canberra: Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee, 2015.
Grossman, M. (2014) ‘Disenchantments: Counter-terror narratives and conviviality’, Critical Studies on Terrorism, 7 (3), pp. 319-335.
Grossman, M. (2014) ‘Resilient multiculturalism? Diversifying Australian approaches to community resilience and cultural difference’ in Boulou Ebanda de B’beri and Fethi Mansouri (eds), Global Perspectives on Multiculturalism in the 21st Century, London: Routledge, pp. 161-180.
Johns, A, Grossman, M. and McDonald, K. (2014) ‘”More than a game”: The impact of sport-based youth mentoring schemes on developing resilience to violent extremism’, Social Inclusion 2 (2), pp. 57-70.

More from Michele…

Community Reporting on Terrorism: Bystanders Versus Social Intimates

Campaigns encourage us to come forward as early as possible to report concerns about people radicalising to violence. But how well do they speak...Read More »

Community Reporting of Terrorist Involvement During Covid-19

Encouraging community members to share information about someone they’re close to becoming involved in terrorism remains a key challenge of counter terrorism. But how...Read More »

Community reporting on violent extremism by 'intimates': emergent findings from international evidence

To promote early intervention strategies, Countering/Preventing Violent Extremism (C/PVE) policies internationally seek to encourage community reporting by ‘intimates’ about someone close to them engaging...Read More »

Community Reporting Thresholds Poster

Community Reporting Thresholds Community Reporting Thresholds by CREST Researchers, Paul Thomas, Michele Grossman, Shamim Miah and Kris Christmann. This poster gives an overview of their research on...Read More »

What are the barriers to reporting people suspected of violent extremism?

A vital element of counter-terrorism strategy is encouraging people to report suspected terrorists. But it isn’t easy to do this if it’s someone you...Read More »

Community Reporting Thresholds: Executive Summary

This is the executive summary on Community Reporting Thresholds, produced by CREST. It looks at the reporting of potential violent extremism and terrorism, focusing...Read More »

Community Reporting Thresholds: Full Report

This is the full report on Community Reporting Thresholds, produced by CREST. It looks at the reporting of potential violent extremism and terrorism, focusing...Read More »

Community Reporting – the key to defeating terrorism?

How do people feel about reporting on their friends & family members? Michele Grossman and Paul Thomas plan to find out The recent spate...Read More »

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