Recent projects

Different Cities, Shared Stories: Voices from Europe and Canada on Gender and Violent Extremism and Women’s Roles in Countering It:
This project was designed to better understand Islamist and extreme-right in movements in Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, their relations with one another, and the roles women – and men – play within them, and against them. The research aimed to advance the state of knowledge about gender dynamics in radicalisation leading to violence (mechanisms of female ‘radicalisation’) and the state of knowledge about gender dynamics in countering violent extremism (CVE) (roles of women in countering violent extremism) through interviews and focus groups with men and women. In total an excess of 250 people participated across the five countries.

Pakistan – Building Sustainable Peace through Development of an Internal Community Mechanism
Funded by the EU Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) this project aims to ‘Build sustainable peace by strengthening women and youth’s capacity in prevention and transformation of conflicts through Internal Community Mechanisms and advocating for inclusion of women in security, peace and post conflict planning and policies in Pakistan.’ The action also specifically seeks to support the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 on Women, Peace and Security and provide information and real evidence about women’s roles in peace, reconciliation and reintegration processes in Pakistan, which will create knowledge and identify best practice, specifically in relation to an Islamic context.

Afghanistan – Review of the international human rights efforts in Afghanistan 2001 – 2014, with special emphasis on Norwegian contributions
Directly contracted by the Norwegian Commission on Afghanistan to conduct a desk-based study based on a series of key informant interviews and focus group discussions accompanied by a review of primary documents and secondary literature on human rights in Afghanistan and the lessons that can be learned from the Afghan experience that could be relevant for the future of Afghanistan and for other complex conflicts. This will be turned into a Whitehall Paper.

Conflict and Countering Violent Extremism
A desk-based literature review, co-authored by Emily Winterbotham , investigating both the distinctive nature of Islamic extremism in conflict situations as well as the features that it shares with other ideologies involved in conflict. Case studies for the project include Nigeria, Kenya, Iraq and Syria. This project is now being turned into a forthcoming book: Conflict, Violent Extremism and Development, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016 [forthcoming].

China-India-Afghanistan Trilateral Project
This three-year research project brought together influential thinkers and experts from China, India, the UK and Afghanistan in a number of workshops in Beijing, New Delhi and Qatar with the aim of mapping out policy ideas for cooperation and ‘burden sharing’ between India and China in Afghanistan. The project was launched in 2012 and was concluded this year.