Rita Augestad Knudsen
Rita Augestad Knudsen is a Senior Researcher at NUPI and part of the research Group on Security and Defence, and she works especially on counter-terrorism and anti-radicalisation. She is the managing director of the Consortium for Research on Terrorism and International Crime, and affiliated with C-REX (Center for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo).
Rita Augestad Knudsen’s main competence is on terrorism-, extremism, and radicalisation-related risk assessment, the concept of ‘radicalisation’, UK counter-terrorism, as well as the history of self-determination in international politics and international law, besides the Balkans, especially Kosovo. Her publications include analyses of international security cooperation on sanctions and international statebuilding, and her PhD in international history/intellectual history from the London School of Economics and Political Science was on ‘self-determination’ and freedom in international discourse.
Publications All publications
Publication : Policy brief | 2021
The possible connection between mental health, radicalisation, extremism, and involvement of terror has received a lot of attention as of late. But w1
Risikovurderingsverktøy mot terrorisme og ekstremisme: Erfaringer fra kriminalomsorgen i Nederland, Storbritannia, og SverigePublication : Report | 2020
Spesialiserte verktøy for å vurdere enkeltpersoners risiko for å bli innblandet i terrorisme og voldelig ekstremisme har blitt en sentral del av man1
The Fight Over Freedom in 20th- and 21st-Century International Discourse Moments of ‘self-determination’Publication : Academic anthology | 2020
This book shows how international discourse citing ‘self-determination’ over the last hundred years has functioned as a battleground between two idea1
Publication : Academic article | 2020
This article juxtaposes anti-radicalisation policy in the United Kingdom, one of the pioneers in the field, with Greece, one of the latecomers. Drawi1
Publication : Academic article | 2020
The relationship between terrorism and mental health has been a scholarly concern for decades. So far, the literature has concentrated on the relatio1
Projects All projects
Research project | 2021 - 2025 (Ongoing)
CYKNOW will promote better understanding of cyber security, as well as develop novel theoretical and methodological tools for cybersecurity research in particular....
Research project | 2019 - 2020 (Completed)
This project shall examine the development and use of risk-assessment tools related to violent extremism, and elucidate the evidential basis on which the tools are built....
Events All events
EventWed 2 Feb 2022Time: 14:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: Microsoft Teams
The possible relationship between mental health and radicalization, extremism and terrorist involvement has received a lot of attention recently. But what do we really know about this relationship?
Theory Seminar: Lacanian psychoanalysis and the fascination with ISIS in Euro-US security discourse’EventTue 27 Nov 2018Time: 12:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
Charlotte Heath-Kelly will present her work on how Lacanian psychoanalysis can inform our understanding of the Western need for enmity, and its obsession with enemy entities such the Islamic State.
EventTue 11 Dec 2018Time: 12:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
How does the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy play out in in real-life, and what's the (potential) role of risk assessments in the prevention of terrorism? Marek Hubert, former academic and a current Police Officer, visits NUPI to talk about these issues.
EventTue 27 Nov 2018Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
What is a critical methodology? How and when are critical methodologies useful in terrorism research?
EventThu 19 Apr 2018Time: 09:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
To what degree can mental illness explain terrorism, and is there a marked difference between the lone actor and the group-based extremist?
Articles All articles
3 Jan 2022
How can we best handle current and future wars and crises? What kind of threats are we likely to face in the years to come? Who are the future actors1