The EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network VORTEX (Coping with varieties of radicalization into terrorism and extremism) brings together eight partners (universities and research institutes) which will employ ten doctoral candidates

14 associated partners will contribute to the doctoral network with professional expertise and secondment opportunities.

VORTEX’s overarching aim is to develop new evidence-based innovative strategies to counter and prevent ideological and behavioural radicalization.

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.

VORTEX will provide an integrated and 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.

VORTEX will explore and compare different varieties of radicalization in several empirical settings. Practice-based research with our 14 associated partners, connecting doctoral candidates to future job markets and audiences, will offer the opportunity to investigate radicalisations on several levels, ranging from local to global and from cognitive to behavioural.

Here you will find a condensed version on the application submitted in November 2021.

Dr Kristian Steiner, Malmö University, coordinates the network.