Please note: This seminar will take place at the University of Oslo in Auditorium 2, Eilert Sundts hus, Moltke Moes vei 31, 0851 Oslo.

Professionalising the risk assessment and management of those vulnerable to radicalisation, those already radicalised, those intent on conducting terrorism, and those set for release from prison for terrorism offences has been a priority area for counter-terrorism practice over the past decade.

This led to the development of several in-house (developed within an organisation) and commercially oriented risk assessment and management guidances. Such guidances require the best available scientific evidence and theory to warrant the inclusion of particular risk and protective factors.

This talk looks over the past decade of scientific breakthroughs in this space. It accounts for how the definition of what entails a risk factor for violent extremism has shifted and become gradually more complex necessitating ever increasing complexity in research methods. In particular, this talk demonstrates how risk factors may play different functional roles for the different extremes we are trying to assess from different ideological differences to different violent extremist outcomes (e.g. extreme beliefs and attitudes vs. extreme intentions and behaviours). 

Paul Gill is Professor of Security and Crime Science at University College London. His work focuses on the behavioural underpinnings of radicalisation and terrorism. Current projects include those that develop the evidence base for risk and protective factors for violent extremist outcomes, the development of measurements of violent extremism, and the evaluation of risk assessment and management processes. He currently manages projects from a range of funders included the European Research Council, the Home Office, and CREST.  

This seminar is hosted by the Consortium for Research on Terrorism and International Crime.