Radicalisation: the PRACTICIES “Partnership Against Violent Radicalisation in the Cities” project kicks off

Madrid, Spain, June 2017 – The EU-funded “PRACTICIES – Partnership Against Violent Radicalisation in the Cities” project, in which Efus is a partner, has commenced with a first coordination meeting held in Madrid (Spain) on 1-2 June.

The project mobilises networks of European cities and experts from the fields of humanities, political sciences and information sciences with the aim of better understanding the “human roots of radicalisation”, characterising these processes and their origins and building concrete tools and prevention practices.

The PRACTICIES network includes:

  • national, regional and municipal institutions in charge of designing and implementing policies  aimed at preventing violent radicalisation;
  • academics, researchers and experts responsible for developing comprehensive and multidisciplinary approaches to tackle violent radicalisation;
  • civil society representatives, practitioners, representatives of local authorities, schools, families and  associations contributing to innovative and ethical solutions to counter violent actions;
  • IT companies specialised in the development of software that will enable both the collection of data and the production of control and narrative tools to prevent all forms of radicalisation leading to violence.

The project will assess the risks and protection factors as well as the discourses and propagation modes of radical ideas/actions among young people in European cities. It will evaluate the current practices, programmes and policies to tackle radicalisation, decrease community tensions and increase social cohesion, and identify good intervention practices and assess the possibility of using them in cities across Europe.

Efus’ role as a partner and work package leader is to coordinate a working group of cities tasked with identifying the needs and expectations of local authorities and share these with researchers in order to develop a research adapted to the real needs of local authorities regarding the prevention of radicalisation. Efus will also support selected pilot local authorities and promote the exchange of practices and knowledge between local authorities in cooperation with  European experts. Moreover, Efus will contribute to the dissemination of the project’s results.

Coordinated by the University of Toulouse II – Jean Jaurès (FR), the PRACTICIES consortium gathers 22 partners: the Ministry of the Interior CITCO (ES), Fachhochschule Salzburg GmbH (AT), University of Calabria (IT), University Charles de Gaulle Lille 3 (FR), TNS Opinion Kantar (BE), Media Actie Kuregem Stad (BE), Stadtgemeinde Salzburg (AT), University Rey Juan Carlos (ES), Ministry of Justice (PT), Qualify Just – IT Solutions and Consulting LDA (PT),University of Grenoble Alpes (FR), CPDSI (FR), University of Piraeus Research Center (GR), Kentro Meleton Asfaleias (GR), Office national d’Études et de Recherches aérospatiales (FR), City Council of Madrid (ES), City Council of Amadora (PT), Métropole Nice Côte D’Azur (FR), Association Forum des Sciences sociales appliquées (TN), City Council of Toulouse (FR), Commission nationale de Lutte Contre le Terrorisme (TN), and European Forum for Urban Security (FR).

Eight European cities and civil society institutions are associated to the project as end users: Land of Berlin – Office of the State Commission against Violence (DE), the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science of Berlin (DE), Municipality of Schaerbeeck (BE), Municipality of Liege (BE), Region of Calabria (IT), Leitung Beratungsstelle Extremismus (AT), NGO Syriens ne Bouge Agissons (FR), S.A.V.E. Belgium (BE).

PRACTICIES is financed by the European Commission Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation and runs from May 2017 to April 2020.

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