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A cross-country comparison of Communications designed to Prevent Radicalisation

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - CPR (A cross-country comparison of Communications designed to Prevent Radicalisation)

Reporting period: 2017-11-01 to 2019-10-31

CPR analysed communications in the UK and Denmark that are designed to contribute to the prevention of vulnerable individuals being radicalised by terrorist groups such as ISIL. Its aim was to make a significant contribution to a problem facing many European states – namely how to effectively utilise strategic communications to counter radicalisation.

CPR, across several WPs, intended to make three major contributions:
i) generate a deeper and more nuanced empirical and conceptual understanding of the effectiveness of current counter-terrorism communications targeted at a range of audiences
ii) ii) provide an empirically unique analysis of the challenges to effective prevention communications
iii) iii) provide empirically substantiated and theoretically informed communications-focused policy requirements that will improve the ability of practitioners and policy-makers to design and deliver communications that contribute to the prevention of radicalisation.
In response to the three objectives listed above, three large survey experiments were conducted (two of which were cross-country) and 53 counter-terrorism practitioners and community / faith organisations were interviewed. The surveys were conducted with approx.. 7,000 people across the two countries (general public, teachers and school-aged youth). This mixed-methods data collection constitutes one of the largest bodies of data ever collected addressing the issue of radicalisation prevention. It has been used to deliver 5 WPs that address the issues of effectiveness of counter-radicalisation communications, and to have impact on the delivery of radicalisation strategies in the UK, Denmark and wider Europe
CPR is in the process of delivering 6 articles for publication in academic journals. Findings have been presented at academic conferences and briefings have been provided to a range of policy makers and security officials to help shape policy,
David Parker receiving Marie Curie Fellowship in Brussels