Is radicalisation a public health issue?

Counter-terrorism approaches grounded in the criminal justice system have not prevented violent radicalisation. Indeed there is some evidence that these approaches may have encouraged membership of radical groups by not recognising Muslim communities as allies, citizens, victims of terrorism, and victims of discrimination, but only as suspect communities who were then further alienated. Informed by public health research and practice, a new approach is proposed to target populations vulnerable to recruitment, rather than rely only on research of well known terrorist groups and individual perpetrators of terrorist acts.

Call for a public health approach to the prevention of violent radicalisation, arguing that this approach has the potential to foster social inclusion and social justice in communities that feel threatened by terrorism. This approach can facilitate the identification of factors to protect individuals from induction into violent ideologies during critical developmental periods.

Phase Two of this research starts soon. Contact us at [email protected]