PAVE theoretical framework paper

The PAVE theoretical framework paper is now publicly available here. Taking the three thematic baseline studies (also available on the PAVE website) as a starting point, the report lays out the theoretical foundations of PAVE’s research. It provides a detailed account of key concepts such as radicalisation, extremisms, community vulnerability and resilience, by relating these to the four thematic clusters of the project:

• Reciprocal and overlapping extremisms (interface between religious, political and ethnic/sectarian extremisms)

• Interactions between religious and state institutions and actors

• Online and offline narratives and (de-)radicalisation

• Transnational interactions.

The various dimensions of radicalisation, violent extremism and community resilience are also reviewed from a cross-cutting gender perspective. The report embeds these concepts in the country contexts where PAVE field research will be conducted. As such, the theoretical framework paper is also an important contribution to taking into account regional and country particularities in the Western Balkans and MENA region, which will be a determinant factor for the successful implementation of the project and context-sensitive analysis of the research data. The PAVE consortium is especially appreciative of the excellent work invested by the research team at Trinity College Dublin, with valuable contributions and comments from all partners. In addition to the theoretical framework paper, a comprehensive glossary with definitions of all key terms used in the project is available on the PAVE website. Click here. The theoretical framework paper is a must read for anyone interested in the conceptual underpinnings and ambitions of the PAVE research project.