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Post-Doctoral Researcher in the field of Terrorism and Political Violence | ISGA

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The Institute of Security and Global Affairs of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs is looking for a Post-Doctoral researcher in the field of Terrorism and Political Violence
Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to join the research group ‘Terrorism and Political Violence’ (TPV) for a period of two-and-a-half years at 1.0 FTE. This position is made possible by a grant from the Canadian government’s Community Resilience Fund (CRF) and is tied to the project ‘Understanding non-involvement in terrorism: why most radicals never become terrorists’. The project is led by dr. Bart Schuurman and seeks to better understand the differences between people who radicalize and become involved in terrorist violence, and those who radicalize but do not engage in or directly support the use of terrorist violence. The project focuses on jihadist and right-wing extremist individuals active in the post-9/11 period.

Using insights from terrorism studies, criminology and other related fields, the project seeks to build a dataset on violent and non-violent extremists that enables distinctions to be drawn across a range of both risk and protective factors. The CRF-grant complements an earlier grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO), with the former focusing on North America and the latter on Europe. Because of the challenges involved with collecting sufficient biographical details to enable relevant data to be drawn from the cases, prospective candidates will need to demonstrate clear ideas about how find and access such information. To facilitate this, the project foresees in several weeks of fieldwork being carried out in the United States and Canada.

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