APIS Institute is one of the 18 institutions across Europe and the Middle East working on a 3 year project entitled “De-Radicalisation in Europe and Beyond: Detect, Resolve, Re-integrate (D.Rad)“, led by Glasgow Caledonian University. The project kicked off in December 2020 and is awarded €3m by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 on the call ‘Addressing radicalisation through social inclusion”.  The project includes 17 countries, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Finland, Slovenia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Georgia and Austria, encompassing field research in 16 countries with an aim to detect the factors that engender radicalization and identify possible ways of re-integration. D.Rad is financed under Horizon 2020 3.6.1.1. and 3.6.1.2. scheme.

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APIS Institute is proud to partake within this consortium bridging disciplines ranging from political science and cultural studies to social psychology and artificial intelligence. D.Rad seeks to identify trends in radical ideologies, help shape policies to improve social inclusion, and forecast the potential impact on society of the widening inequalities created by COVID-19.

The project grounds radicalisation in perceptions of injustice which lead to grievance, alienation and polarisation. Based on a rigorous, cross-national survey of the drivers (injustice, grievance, alienation, polarisation) that can generate violent extremism, the project uses innovative machine learning, discourse analysis, digital methods and social psychology approaches to test projects, tools and dissemination strategies, emphasising the experiences of young people and socially excluded communities, and offering policy and practical recommendations. The project meets challenges posed for radicalisation research by developing online and offline interventions to promote agency, resolution and resilience.

From APIS Institute, based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Romana Zajec and Dr Gregor Bulc are working on the project.

APIS co-leads work on the digital drivers of radicalisation and together with GCU works on arts and sports as resolution media. APIS will be also producing a documentary film within the scope of the project.

This collaboration between APIS Institute and the coordinating organization GCU further builds on the successful collaboration on Volpower project. Romana Zajec is a principal investigators for both projects.

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The study will look to highlight the experiences of young people and excluded communities and offer policy and practical recommendation” to the EU on how to improve social inclusion. Community leaders, social workers, and youth groups will be encouraged to work on proposals to reconcile grievances and foster stronger community links.

As project coordinator Dr Umut Korkut puts it: “Alienation and perceived injustices are grounded in how people view their relationship to citizenship, culture and community.  … The goal is not to depoliticise or achieve apathy, but rather to inspire ownership of issues of injustice, to convert tendencies that could lead individuals to radicalisation into activism, volunteering or alternative forms of civic engagement.”

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