IMPACT Europe researcher participates in conference on radicalisation trends and risks

On Tuesday 8 December 2015, IMPACT Europe’s researcher Ines von Behr (@inesvonbehr) of RAND Europe participated in a conference organised by the Center for the Study of Democracy of Sofia, Bulgaria. The conference was organised within the framework of the MONITOR programme, an EU-funded project that aims to establish and promote radicalisation monitoring tools in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Greece through the transfer of de-radicalisation experience and knowledge from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, other EU member states and the US. The conference was held under the title Radicalisation in Southeast and Central Europe: Monitoring and Responding to Key Trends and Risks and saw the participation of several practitioners and academics from the fields of counter-terrorism and counter-violent extremism and radicalisation.

Von Behr’s presentation focused on the insights and lessons learned through her work on IMPACT Europe, especially as regards assessing what programmes and interventions work best in tackling and preventing violent extremisms and radicalisation. In her presentation, Von Behr discussed the challenges that researchers, practitioners and decision-makers are faced with when attempting to measure the effectiveness of such programmes and what contribution the IMPACT Europe project is making to this end.

Furthermore, the conference saw the participation of a former member of IMPACT Europe’s Security Scrutiny Team, Lindsay Clutterbuck. Clutterbuck held a presentation under the title Radicalisation leading to violence: UK as a case study.

Further information on Von Behr’s presentation and on the event she took part in can be found on the website of the Center for the Study of Democracy here.