Applications are invited for the above scholarship for research studies into the processes of radicalisation. It is available immediately.
In an attempt to be proactive in the fight against terrorism there has been a widespread recognition, in the academic and strategic literature, that intervention is needed in the process of radicalisation. Radicalisation refers to the abandonment of legitimate political process in order to inaugurate a new political order, or political system. In an extreme form, the means to overturn the existing political order are violent, leading to phenomena such as terrorism. In the popular imaginary, radicalisation is associated with Islamicisation, though in the academic literature, interesting work has sought to extend the concept beyond these popular conceptions, examining such phenomena as the radicalization of far right-wing groups in the US.
This thesis project seeks to unpack some of the ‘commonsense’ understandings of, and assumptions underlying, the radicalisation thesis. Employing a methodology suggested by Scott Atran and Marc Sagemann, of using court testimony of those convicted of terrorism related charges, a better understanding of the social and cultural conditions, which give rise to particular instances of radicalization, will be gleaned. This project will examine the networks of those convicted by Australian courts of terrorism related offences. In addition to legal transcripts a variety of sources and methods will be employed. Discourse analysis of media and interviews with the relevant social and cultural networks will be conducted.
The Postgraduate Student will be enrolled for a PhD degree at UNSW@ADFA, based in the School of Physical, Mathematical Science, with joint supervision from Human Geography and Strategic Studies at UNSW@ADFA. The stipend ($ 22,431 per annum) is available for up to 3 years subject to satisfactory performance. Applicants should have an honours degree (1 or 2.1), or equivalent, in the social sciences (Human Geography, Strategic Studies, Politics, Sociology, International Relations, or other related Social Sciences). People from EEO groups are encouraged to apply.
For further information please contact:
Dr Scott Sharpe,