About us

The EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network Coping with Varieties of Radicalization into Terrorism and Extremism (VORTEX) brings together a multi-disciplinary group of academics, associated partners, and practitioners for training of doctoral candidates in radicalization studies.

The understanding of radicalization is currently trapped between securitisational approaches and socio-cultural contextual explanations, influencing political agencies, practitioners, and scholars alike. One approach focuses on immediate and short-term security needs of European societies. Another approach stresses long-term structural factors, such as socio-economic marginalization, as a breeding ground for extremism, radicalization, and extremist world views and cognitive mindsets.

This doctoral network aims not only to identify a theoretical a methodological gap between the two approaches, but also to develop new evidence-based innovative strategies to countering and preventing ideological and behavioural radicalization.

VORTEX provides an integrated and thus meaningful research programme not only but primarily for doctoral candidates to pursue their research in a fruitful and meaningful dialogue among relevant disciplines and in a dense web of supervision, training, and interaction to jump start both successful and relevant careers.

Bringing together a network of academic and non-academic participating organizations from 14 countries on three continents, dealing with both religious and secular radicalisation, this doctoral network explores and compares different varieties of radicalization in several empirical settings.

Dr Kristian Steiner, Malmö University, coordinates the network.