RADEX in a nutshell: video summary of research findings

The RADEX consortium has produced a video to summarise the findings of the project’s research on youth violent radicalisation in the UK, France, Belgium, Cyprus and Greece.

You can find the full version (in English) and executive summary (in English, French, Dutch, Greek and German) of our publications released a few weeks ago here.

Have a look at our video and let us know what you think!

Publication of RADEX comprehensive report: Research findings on youth radicalisation in the UK, Cyprus, France, Belgium and Greece

As previously announced, the RADEX consortium has produced a comprehensive report of the research phase of the project. This included the findings on youth violent radicalisation from 5 countries the UK, Belgium, France, Greece and Cyprus.

What is it about? Our research considered both online and offline youth radicalisation patterns, comprising literature reviews, interviews, focus groups, discourse analysis and online research on social media, apps and chatrooms. Therefore, the report contributes as a summary of general trends of research studies, but also as an in-depth analysis of social network research.

Why should you read it? the comprehensive report provides us with hints on how, when and where young people become objects of radicalisation. At the same time, it identifies strengths and positive skills that young people can use in their benefit to build a stronger fence against radicalisation. The research includes a specific focus on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the radicalisation processes.

Why do we need it? More than a simple state of the art of youth violent radicalisation in the 5 target countries, it will serve as a basis of the main project output: an e-course about positive skills youth can develop to prevent radicalisation, directed to youth workers and educators.

Is there a shorter version? Look no further, the RADEX consortium also produced an executive summary in 5 different languages, you can find them here:

RADEX comprehensive report released soon

RADEX comprehensive report: Research findings on youth violent radicalisation between 5 countries

In the framework of the RADEX project, the consortium of partners have produced a comprehensive report including the research findings on youth violent radicalisation in the UK, Belgium, France, Greece and Cyprus.

Our research considered both online and offline youth radicalisation patterns, comprising literature reviews, interviews, focus groups, discourse analysis and online research on social media, apps and chatrooms. Therefore, the report contributes as a summary of general trends of research studies, but also as an in-depth analysis of social network research.

Thus, the comprehensive report provides us with hints on how, when and where young people become objects of radicalisation. At the same time, it identifies strengths and positive skills that young people can use in their benefit to build a stronger fence against radicalisation. The research includes a specific focus on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the radicalisation processes.

The report will be out soon! The release is scheduled for January 2022 on RADEX website. The summary will be available in English, French, Dutch and Greek.

Stay posted if you want to discover the details of our findings.

Why this report? More than a simple state of the art of youth violent radicalisation in the 5 target countries, it will serve as a basis of the main project output: an e-course about positive skills youth can develop to prevent radicalisation, directed to youth workers and educators.

The RADEX consortium is already working on it, keep following us not to miss its release!

The RADEX consortium meeting online

The RADEX team met in Brussels

On the 5th of October (finally!) we had the chance to hold our first in-person meeting in Brussels. It gave us the opportunity to assess the project’s progress and to further focus on its objectives. We agreed on the fact that we all want to bring a more positive approach to youth radicalisation and change the narrative around it. In fact, the current common approach to youth violent radicalisation often revolves around the detection of warning signs rather than youth empowerment, which is what we believe it is important to focus on.

What’s next?

First, we want to further develop our research and data collection on online and offline youth violent radicalisation in our target countries (the UK, France, Belgium, Greece and Cyprus). It will allow us to work efficiently on pedagogical tools and to design a methodological framework for the creation of educational resources and materials that inform, educate and deconstruct the beneficiaries’ bias.

The following step will be the development of an online platform that will include a broad collection of materials such as modules on youth violent radicalisation and practical exercises to help youth educators work on the skills and capacities youth can develop to divert from violent radicalisation.

In December, we will publish the country reports and the overall report on youth violent radicalisation in our target countries. Keep following us for the next updates!

The RADEX project team in Brussels, 5th October 2021

RADEX project in Brussels tomorrow!

Did you know that radicalisation and indoctrination processes may start as early as 11 – 12 years old and that extreme militant groups’ main target is thought to be young people between 16 – 24 years?

The RADEX project partners will meet on 5th October in Brussels to work together on the diffusion of country reports and the creation of methodological tools to prevent youth violent radicalisation.

Stay tuned for our training programme and learn more through the #RADEXproject! #radex #radicalisation #youth #ErasmusPlus #indoctrination #training #learning

Launch of the research phase

In order to draft the research which will represent the basis of the project, a methodological framework is under construction through the collaboration of all partners. This framework will allow the partners to examine online and offline violent radicalisation. The aim is for a young person to be able to identify when radicalisation and extremism occur online and offline, and differentiate between other situations.

The research phase for RADEX project started allowing the partners to formulate a set of indicators for violent radicalisation and vulnerability, to pinpoint signs that demonstrate that radicalisation is taking place (online and offline), including signals and markers that can raise a flag such as changes in the online and offline behaviour of young people
Two main data sources are used, a primary source focusing on data collection from interviews
with young people or convicted young people that have been subjects of radicalisation, their parents, security and police officials, Ministry officials. The secondary source utilises desk research to summarise already existing research and literature eon radicalisation, as well as analysing resources found in blogs, social media outlets, social networks. The collected data will provide knowledge on the online and offline signs of extremism and radicalisation.

All the partners are scouting the most relevant resources to establish a concrete base for the project. Each partner is now conducting their research separately, which will eventually be
combined into a comprehensive report including all data collected as well as providing
recommendations for the educational resources and materials that could be used in the
upcoming phase of the project.

We look forward to sharing our very first report and results on youth online and offline
radicalisation after the research phase is done in September 2021!