In this episode we speak Associate Professor Debra Smith about violent extremism in the context of coronavirus. What are some of the challenges associated with violent extremism during this current pandemic and what could be the future implications.
Debra’s research focuses on questions of violent political extremism, social conflict and social change. She co-leads the Applied Security Science Partnership (ASSP) that includes embedded researchers and practitioners from Victoria University, Victoria Police, Defence Science Technology, and community leadership groups. The purpose of the ASSP is to build robust evidence on behavioural indicators of all forms of violent extremism, and to translate this evidence into frontline practitioner tools.
Debra provides training to state and federal policing agencies, education departments, and other frontline workers on Australia’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) early intervention and case management tools. She was appointed to the Expert Panel commissioned by the Victorian Government to undertake the independent review of effective case management and information sharing barriers relevant to violent extremism (the CMIS Review).
She recently co-edited the first book on Australia’s contemporary far right and is currently co-authoring the book, International Terrorism and Counter Terrorism in the Australian Context.
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This episode was hosted and produced by Dr Marc C-Scott for VU Research, Victoria University.