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Sadi Shanaah

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Research Fellow

PhD in Political Science (Aarhus University, 2019); MPhil in Contemporary European Studies (University of Cambridge, Pembroke College, 2008); BA in International and European Economic Studies (SUNY, New Paltz, 2006)


I am a Research Fellow in the project 'Neoliberal Terror: The Radicalisation of Social Policy in Europe' (European Research Council) with a primary responsibility for its quantitative work package. I mainly work on the development of composite indices for P/CVE (preventing and countering violent extremism) and "neo-liberal" policies of Western countries. I also contribute to the investigation of P/CVE policy diffusion in Europe, using case-studies and discourse analysis of policy documents.

My general focus is on the phenomenon of political violence. I am interested in factors, mechanisms and processes that facilitate or hinder political violence, mostly from the perspective of social psychology and social movement approaches. In my doctoral research, I examined the willigness of British Muslims to engage in actions against Islamist extremism and the factors that facilitate or hinder such engagement.


(2020) 'Demobilizing or Activating? The Effect of Anti-Muslim Discrimination on Muslims’ Counter-Extremism Engagement’, Social Problems, 1-19.

(2019) 'Alienation or Cooperation? British Muslims’ Attitudes to and Engagement in Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Extremism’, Terrorism and Political Violence, 1-22.

(2019) 'What Motivates Muslims to Engage in Counterextremism? The Role of Identity, Efficacy, Emotions, and Morality’, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 1-21.

(2019) 'Standing up and Speaking Out? British Muslims’ Collective Action against Islamist Extremism (authored with Lasse Lindekilde)’, Democracy and Security, 1-22.