MSCA Doctoral Network "Coping with Varieties of Radicalization into Terrorism and Extremism (VORTEX)"

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The EU has decided to fund a European Doctoral Network within Marie Skłodowska-Curie called "Coping with Varieties of Radicalization into Terrorism and Extremism (VORTEX)". This doctoral network will within shortly announce ten PhD positions located at eight universities/research institutes in seven European countries.

VORTEX’s overarching aim is to develop new evidence-based innovative strategies to countering and preventing ideological and behavioural radicalization. The project, which is divided into ten individual research projects, one for each doctoral student, includes Malmö University (Sweden), Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (Germany), the University of Marburg (Germany), the University of Helsinki (Finland), the University of Turin (Italy), the Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), the University of Oslo (Norway), and Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania). Malmö University coordinates the project. The project manager is Dr Kristian Steiner, Malmö University.

Below we have listed the ten doctoral positions and indicated their focus:


Malmö University (Sweden)

1) Radical rhetoric: understanding legitimating and mobilising discourses

2) The function of radical ideology for acceptance, status, and meaning


Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (Germany)

1) The primary and secondary prevention conundrum: the ambivalences of the

intersection between universal and selective prevention

2) Comparing Structures of Evaluation and Knowledge Management in across



The University of Marburg (Germany)

1) Dynamics of knowledge production: Understanding the dominance and

diffusion of security cultures around radicalisation


The University of Helsinki (Finland)

1) Counterterrorism policies and their consequences in Europe


The University of Turin (Italy)

1) Fake and Conspiracy: Disinformation dynamics and radicalisation


The Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

1) Extremist identity creation and meaning making at the nexus between

online and offline environments


The University of Oslo (Norway)

1) Secondary/Tertiary Prevention: Deradicalisation, Disengagement and

Reintegration: Approaches of security agencies, social service agencies

and civil society


Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania)

1) Radicalisation and the politics and social dynamics of populism and



The funder, the European Union, requires mobility. This means that the recruited researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruitinguniversity/research institute for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the recruitment date — unless as part of a compulsory national service or a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.

Read more at: https://vortex.uni.mau.se/.