What are the narratives of people who get involved in, and disengage from, terrorism? This Programme examines the narratives of people who get involved in, and disengage from, terrorism. The outputs will enrich our understanding of individual motivators, which will inform methods of threat assessments and intervention. Led by Dr Cerwyn Moore at the University of Birmingham.
The team spans two main disciplines – political science and psychology. The key themes it covers are:
Ideological variance and cultures of violence
Risk assessment including criminal and psychological pathways to extremism
Innovation and creativity in clandestine political groups
Icons and symbols in extremism
The emotional appeal of extremist narratives.
Cerwyn Moore – Analysing the emotional appeal of extremist narratives
Analysis of the ways in which extremist groups deploy narrative
Assessment of the emotional appeal – particularly in leadership statements – of extremism
Preliminary analysis of hostile actors and networks (foreign fighter networks in Syria and Iraq; State Threats such as Russia)
The research will be of use to practitioners dealing with online extremism and foreign fighter networks. The analysis may also be of use to those dealing with state threats.
Monica Lloyd – Risk assessment including criminogenic and psychological pathways to extremism
Deepening knowledge of the tools and approaches to Risk Assessment through the analysis of data. The research will help to validate tools and understand the application of effective measures
Analysis of mental health issues and extremism
Analysis of criminal pathways into extremism
The research will be of use to frontline professionals involved in assessing risk and those involved in preventative CT measures. It will also help validate methods for assessing psychological and criminological variables.