Despite female involvement in terrorism since the 1970s, it is only over the last two decades that researchers and practitioners have increasingly acknowledged radicalization, violent extremism and terrorism being not solely a male affair.

In our research we move beyond a single focus on men or women and integrate gender as an analytical category to study the role of femininity and masculinity in the process of radicalization for the individual, the group and at the level of society. We are particularly interested in comparisons between Islamism and right-wing ideologies and the role of gender in education of children.

We also work closely together with practitioners from civil society and security agency to integrate gender-sensitive approaches to the prevention of radicalization and the process of deradicalization.

Contact: PD Dr. Eva Herschinger