European youth voices at International conference on violent youth radicalisation


    In January 2020, the IARS International Institute and the YEIP partnership launched the findings of one of the largest scientific studies on violent youth radicalisation across 7 European countries: United Kingdom, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Sweden, Portugal and Romania. At the conference, young people from around the world send a clear message to governments and the European Union “Stop managing us as if we are risks”!

    The YEIP International Conference “Addressing Violent Youth Radicalisation in Europe”, hosted by the University of East London’s School of Psychology, brought together over 120 people including the Home Office, the Italian Ministry, policy makers and young people. A range of other professionals including politicians, policy makers, researchers, experts and scholars debated on the issue of violent youth radicalisation. Keynote speakers included the European Commission, public authorities from participating countries as well as prominent academics.

    The YEIP project highlighted the attitudes, experience and knowledge of young Europeans, youth workers and other practitioners.  This was also accompanied with a testing of innovative tools for addressing the phenomenon of youth radicalisation, and a tackling of this issue amongst marginalised groups.

    As opposed to the current approach underpinning criminal justice rehabilitation and offender management, the YEIP project proposes interventions based on the framework of positive psychology, and the strengths based Good Lives Model, as a better form model of de-radicalisation.

    To contribute to the intellectual outputs of the Youth Empowerment and Innovation Project (YEIP), IARS organised a 99% Campaign writing competition. This year, young researcher Amanda Blackhurst (USA) received the award with her research: The Role of YouTube Algorithms in Online Radicalisation. All the submitted articles are available here.

    The YEIP project created a a range of different tools, including training, books, and toolkits to help policy makers, both nationally and internationally form more effective policies to tackle violent youth radicalisation. The materials are all available here.