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Constructive analysis on the attitudes, policies and programmes that relate to radicalisation (CONRAD)

Research project BR/165/A4/CONRAD (Research action BR)


Persons :

  • Prof. dr.  AERTSEN Ivo - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven)
    Financed belgian partner
    Duration: 1/5/2017-30/4/2019
  • Dr.  DE BACKER Mattias - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven)
    Financed belgian partner
    Duration: 1/5/2017-30/4/2019
  • Prof. dr.  VAN GORP Baldwin - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven)
    Financed belgian partner
    Duration: 1/5/2017-30/4/2019
  • Dr.  CLAES Erik - Odisee Hogeschool Brussels (ODISEE)
    Financed belgian partner
    Duration: 1/5/2017-30/4/2019
  • Dr.  BOUSSETTA Hassan - Université de Liège (ULG)
    Financed belgian partner
    Duration: 1/5/2017-30/4/2019

Description :

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Not only radicalisation towards violence, but a proliferation of alarmist discourses, and the polarisation of our societies remain important challenges for Europe. The failure to understand the phenomenon and to find adequate ways of talking about it creates as much anxiety in societies as the phenomenon itself. The gaps existing between research, public policies and programmes remain also a challenge. These constitute the need for creating constructive modes of engagement with the phenomenon and methodologies that are able to close the gaps.

In accordance with the terms of the call under the theme ‘radicalisation’, the CONRAD project aims at developing a better understanding of the processes leading to radicalisation, and to provide insights and preventive tools for public bodies and civil society organisations. The research will focus on the dynamic processes of radicalisation, its causes, the perceptions in society (within certain groups, amongst practitioners and policy makers, and in society at large), and – most importantly - on how to develop and to adopt new perceptions which can help to surmount current unilateral approaches. In this way, the project aims at contributing to the strengthening of resilience of concerned groups in society, for which interaction and dialogue between these groups is considered as crucial. The participatory nature of the research as conceived in the project must support this approach.

Built around 5 WPs, CONRAD aims to encounter 4 objectives:

1. offering a comparative and comprehensive analysis of radicalisation related public policies and programmes

2. offering a constructive counterframing approach to understanding and communicating about radicalisation

3. field-validating an innovative approach based on restorative justice and storytelling, and

4. developing a set of recommendations and tools for practitioners and policy makers that are well-informed, reflexive, constructive, ethical and innovative.

Hence the central objective of the envisaged research project CONRAD (a constructive approach to radicalisation) is to conceptualise and to create new spaces of experience and knowledge which capacitate local communities to explore, to understand and to act on the basis of a relational and plural interpretation of the phenomenon.

These learning processes will enhance the potential of resilience of local communities and will be accompanied by the researchers in order to evaluate both process and outcomes, and to transfer the acquired expertise to other sites and situations. This all is built on a close partnership between research and practice, in the form of action research and two other types of collaborative and participatory undertakings.


Documentation :

CONRAD on the Brain-be website

Reports:

Final Report 2019: Constructive analysis on the attitudes, policies and programmes that relate to radicalisation
Annexes:
- Annex I: Social ecology of the Brussels Canal Zone
- Annex II: The social ecology of Verviers—Hodimont
- Annex III: European policy analysis
- Annex IV: Framing analysis
- Policy Letter
Samenvatting 2019: Een constructieve analyse van attitudes, beleid en programma’s met betrekking tot radicalisering
Résumé 2019: Une analyse constructive des attitudes, des politiques et des programmes en ce qui concerne la radicalisation
Summary 2019: Constructive analysis on the attitudes, policies and programmes that relate to radicalisation

Event

27-02-2019 - Conference
"The radicalisation machine: Why "radicalisation" is a problematic concept

Media

20-12-2018 - De Morgen
Deradicalisering is een mythe
24-08-2018 - De Morgen
Waarom we de term 'radicalisering' beter weggooien
07-06-2018 - Le Soir
Rester unis contre la terreur
26-11-2017 - De Morgen
Rellen in Brussel: luister ook eens naar jeugdwerkers en lokale-professionals

Constructive analysis on the attitudes, policies and programmes that relate to radicalisation (CONRAD) : final report  De Backer,Mattias - Aertsen, Ivo - Bousetta, Hassan ... et al.  Brussels : Belgian Science Policy, 2019 (SP2836)
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Social ecology of the Brussels Canal Zone (CONRAD) : annex I  De Backer,Mattias - Aertsen, Ivo - Bousetta, Hassan ... et al.  Brussels : Belgian Science Policy, 2019 (SP2837)
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The social ecology of Verviers—Hodimont (CONRAD) : annex II of final report  De Backer,Mattias - Aertsen, Ivo - Bousetta, Hassan ... et al.  Brussels : Belgian Science Policy, 2019 (SP2838)
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European policy analysis (CONRAD) : annex III of final report  De Backer,Mattias - Aertsen, Ivo - Bousetta, Hassan ... et al.  Brussels : Belgian Science Policy, 2019 (SP2839)
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Framing analysis (CONRAD) : annex IV of final report  De Backer,Mattias - Aertsen, Ivo - Bousetta, Hassan ... et al.  Brussels : Belgian Science Policy, 2019 (SP2840)
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Policy letter (CONRAD)  De Backer,Mattias - Aertsen, Ivo - Bousetta, Hassan ... et al.  Brussels : Belgian Science Policy, 2019 (SP2841)
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Constructive analysis on the attitudes, policies and programmes that relate to radicalisation (CONRAD) : summary  De Backer,Mattias - Aertsen, Ivo - Bousetta, Hassan ... et al.  Brussels : Belgian Science Policy, 2019 (SP2842)
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Een constructieve analyse van attitudes, beleid en programma’s met betrekking tot radicalisering (CONRAD) : samenvatting 2019  De Backer,Mattias - Aertsen, Ivo - Bousetta, Hassan ... et al.  Brussel :Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2019 (SP2843)
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Une analyse constructive des attitudes, des politiques et des programmes en ce qui concerne la radicalisation (CONRAD) : résumé  De Backer,Mattias - Aertsen, Ivo - Bousetta, Hassan ... et al.  Bruxelles :Politique scientifique fédérale, 2019 (SP2844)
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