Funded research

AFFECT – Impact Assessment of Belgian De-Radicalisation Policies Upon Social Cohesion and Liberties

(Evaluatie van de impact van het Belgisch deradicalisering beleid op de sociale cohesie en (sociale) rechten). BRAIN-be framework (BELSPO) 2016-2020. With Fabienne Brion (UCL), Sofie de Kimpe (VUB) and Charlotte Vanneste (NICC).

Building on theoretical insights from the sociology of mobilisation, the objective of the four-year research project AFFECT is to assess the efficiency of Belgian de-radicalisation and counter-terrorism policies and programmes, and their impacts on social cohesion and liberties. AFFECT endeavours to offer a comprehensive evaluation of the efficiency of these policies in order to identify good practices, but also loopholes, gaps and duplication of efforts. Adopting a socio-political approach to the issue of radicalisation, the present assessment aims to complement models that have focused mostly on psychology (frustration/aggression, grievances), ideological factors (violence-prone ideologies), and perceived or real social inequality (the “root causes” models). AFFECT considers radicalisation as a processual and relational understanding of violence and as a process of escalation, that takes into account the relation between individuals, groups and state responses in order to explain the resort to violence (read more).


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