Opportunities

Throughout the year, VOX-Pol’s Researcher Mobility Programme offers many exciting opportunities for researchers and practitioners at various stages in their careers working on Violent Online Political Extremism to strengthen and expand their work. These include year-long research fellowships as well as short-term opportunities that enable scientific visits and research stays in a partner institution within the VOX-Pol network.

The network includes those researching the intersection of terrorism and the Internet (incl. violent jihadists, violent separatists, etc.), the online activities of the extreme left and the extreme right, the potential for violent online radicalisation, and related topics.

Details of opportunities currently available are as follows:

Visits of Researchers

The Researcher Exchange Programme enables scientific visits and research stays in a partner institution within the VOX-Pol network. In this context, visits of external researchers of up to one month are encouraged, whilst other durations may be considered.

Financial support, to a maximum of €2,000 per month (location dependent), will be available. Assistance may also be available, for once-off travel to/from the exchange/internship location.

Eligibility Criteria

This programme is intended for researchers currently employed in academia, and research organisations, with research experience relevant to VOX-Pol.

We also welcome applications from those professionally tasked in the area of violent online political extremism, for example, from those interested in training in specialised areas. Applications are welcome from both EU and non-EU researchers.

All applicants should be in contact with an appropriate mentor in their potential host institution(s) prior to submission of their application. Detailed information on partner institutions’ specific areas of expertise and contact details for potential mentors may be obtained by emailing rmp@voxpol.eu

Application Procedure

The applicant—in collaboration with the proposed hosting institution—draws up a joint proposal for the intended stay, to include details of:

  1. Current CV;
  2. Proposed collaboration: purpose and clear objectives (1-3 pages)
  3. Proposed location(s)
  4. Proposed duration
  5. Proposed budget, e.g. details of co-funding (if applicable), breakdown of estimated cost of travel and accommodation, etc.

There is a rolling call for applications. Applications will be reviewed, and the outcome will be advised no later than one-month from the receipt of application.

Please note that expense reimbursement will be processed after the exchange, upon receipt of a research report, evidence of stay, and supporting receipts.

Please send your applications and any queries to rmp@voxpol.eu

PhD Exchanges & Internships

The Researcher Exchange Programme also provides PhD students and recently graduated post-docs with the opportunity to apply for a ‘talent-boosting’ internship in a partner institution within the VOX-pol network. The typical duration of the internship will be one to a maximum of six months.

Financial support, to a maximum of €1,333 per month (location dependent), will be available. Assistance may also be available, for once-off travel to/from the exchange/internship location.

Eligibility Criteria

This programme is open to current PhD students and those who have recently graduated with a PhD from EU and non-EU institutions. All applicants should be in contact with an appropriate mentor in their potential host institution(s) prior to submission of their application. Detailed information on partner institutions’ specific areas of expertise and contact details for potential mentors may be obtained by emailing rmp@voxpol.eu

Application Procedure

The applicant—in collaboration with the proposed hosting institution—draws up a joint proposal for the intended stay, to include details of:

  1. Current CV
  2. Proposed collaboration: purpose and clear objectives (1-3 pages)
  3. Proposed location(s)
  4. Proposed duration

There is a rolling call for applications. Applications will be reviewed, and the outcome will be advised no later than one-month from the receipt of application.

Please note that expense reimbursement will be processed after the exchange, upon receipt of a research report, evidence of stay, and supporting receipts.

Please send your applications and any queries to rmp@voxpol.eu

Some Recent Exchange Students & Interns

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Elizabeth Pearson is an Associate Fellow at RUSI and an ESRC-funded PhD researcher in War Studies at King’s College London. She specialises in gender and radicalisation, with an interest in both Islamist and far-right movements. Before her research in extremism, Elizabeth worked in radio journalism at the BBC, and has more than fifteen years’ experience in production, reporting and feature-making.

Liz joined VOX-Pol’s Dublin City University team in July 2015 for a three-week internship during which VOX-Pol’s Coordinator Prof. Maura Conway supervised her research on English-speaking jihadi fans on Twitter. Liz’s research findings are discussed in her VOX-Pol Blog post “Wilayah Twitter and the Battle against Islamic State’s Twitter Jihad.

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Ryan Scrivens is a PhD Student in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada and Research Associate with the International Cyber Crime Research Centre (ICCRC). He is also the Coordinator of the Canadian Network of PhD Theses Writers for the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI). His primary research interests include right-wing extremism, extremists’ use of the Internet, research methods, and classification techniques.

Ryan joined VOX-Pol in the summer of 2016 for a three-month internship, partnering with machine learning specialists from University College Dublin’s (UCD) School of Computer Science. Here they explored online political extremism using advanced computational techniques, with the goal of enhancing some of the machine learning tools that VOX-Pol were developing. For a detailed look at this collaboration, see Ryan’s VOX-Pol Blog post, titled ‘Bridging Computer Sciences and Social Sciences: The Search for Extremist Content Online’.

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Suzzette Lopez Abbasciano is a Doctoral Candidate in Criminology at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell. She specialises in the role of technology in conflict and security with a particular focus on information and communication technology (ICT) and violence and extremism. Suzzette spent nearly three years with the US National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), as a program manager and researcher and was also a Policy Fellow with the Crisis Response and Exercise Section in the Operations Division at NATO.

Suzette joined VOX-Pol’s Dublin City University team in Summer 2016 for a two-month internship during which she worked with VOX-Pol’s Coordinator Prof. Maura Conway and colleagues in the Data Science Research Group at the University of Sussex on public’s online responses to terrorist attacks.

Fellowship Programme

VOX-Pol RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME

The VOX-Pol Research Fellowship Programme recruits promising researchers in the area of Violent Online Political Extremism, trains them in related research and analysis, and mentors them in delivering excellent completed projects.

Selection criteria

Applicants must:

  1. Submit an innovative research proposal in the area of Violent Online Political Extremism, which should go beyond the state of the art and show excellent methodological skills and theoretical knowledge of the field.
  2. Have obtained a PhD (or be close to completion by the date of commencement) or hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and 5+ years professional experience in a relevant profession/institution (e.g. law enforcement, intelligence analysis, think tank, Internet company) or an MA in a relevant area and 3+ years professional experience in a relevant profession/institution (e.g. law enforcement, intelligence analysis, think tank, Internet company). Applicants should have research/professional experience in either the area of the Internet or violent political extremism, but preferably both.

The Research Fellow will be hosted and mentored by one or two VOX-Pol partner institutions for twelve months in total. The Fellowship may also include a short stay at an associated end-user of VOX-Pol (details upon request). The provisional commencement date for the Fellowship is October 2016. This is an EU-funded position. The gross Fellowship salary will be €37,750 per annum, payable via Dublin City University (the VOX-Pol Coordinator), and therefore subject to Dublin City University conditions, Irish taxation, social insurance, pension, etc. Dublin City University is an equal opportunities employer.

For details of VOX-Pol partner institutions, .

Applications should include:

  1. A cover letter specifying how you meet the requirements of the position, which host institution(s) you are interested in, and a justification for your choice(s);
  2. A 5 to 10 page research proposal (incl. theoretical and methodological considerations);
  3. A current CV;
  4. A list of publications, or a 20+ page single-authored writing sample; Details of three professional referees..

Applications should be submitted to rmp@voxpol.eu no later than Thursday June 9, 2016.

VOX-Pol Research Fellow 2017

s200_caterina.froio Dr. Caterina Froio joined the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) in December 2016 as a VOX-Pol Research Fellow. In December 2015, she was awarded a research grant from the City Hall of Paris for a research project dealing with far right ‘othering’ discourses online in France. She is currently expanding on this work within the broader context of Western Europe as part of her VOX-Pol Fellowship.

Caterina’s research is comparative and it develops on two main lines. The first deals with issues related to party government and policy agenda dynamics, and the second deals with the relations between extremism, radicalism, populism, and democracy with a special focus on ‘othering’ discourses and digital activism in established and non-established far right (populist) organizations. Caterina is a co-convener of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) section on “Populism, Political Radicalism and Political Extremism” endorsed by the ECPR Standing Group “Extremism and Democracy”. Caterina’s recent contributions have appeared in different languages in Party Politics, the International Journal of Conflict and Violence, Comunicazione Politica and Partecipazione e Conflitto, as well as a number of edited volumes.

Before joining VOX-Pol, Caterina was a Post-Doctoral Fellow and an Instructor at Sciences Po Paris (FR). She completed her doctoral thesis at the European University Institute and during her PhD she was also a Visiting Doctoral Researcher at the University of Colorado at Boulder (US). Prior to her PhD, she received a BA in Political Science from the University of Florence (IT). Following this, she completed a double MPhil in Political Sociology and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris and a MRes in Comparative Politics from the European University Institute of Florence (IT).

 

VOX-Pol Research Fellow 2016

 

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VOX-Pol’s 2015 – 2016 Research Fellow is Dr. Matti Pohjonen. Matti joined VOX-Pol partner the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) at the University of Hamburg at the start of November 2015.

Matti’s research focuses on different kinds of conflict mediation mechanisms through which social media communities across the world have tried to counter and mitigate hate speech and violent political extremism online, focusing especially on the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe as a case study.

He will be based for six months at IFSH developing the conceptual framework for the research, and six months at UvA developing methods of data analysis.

Prior to joining the IFSH, Matti worked on a project mapping online political discussions in Ethiopia for the Programme on Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCLMP) at the University of Oxford, and was a Senior Teaching Fellow in Digital Culture at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

VOX-Pol Research Fellow 2015

 

 

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VOX-Pol’s inaugural Research Fellowship was awarded to Dr. Nico Prucha in September 2014. Dr. Prucha chose to undertake his fellowship with VOX-Pol colleagues at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) at King’s College London.

His research for VOX-Pol comprised analysis of viral aspects of jihadi online propaganda, including its lingual and ideological aspects. Dr. Prucha obtained his PhD from the University of Vienna, Austria, in 2014. He is a fluent Arabic speaker.

See Nico’s VOX-Pol Blog posts ‘Words Matter – How the Arabic Ideology of Jihadist Movements Translates Into Non-Arab(ic) Online Networks‘ and ‘Pictures Matter: the Visual Culture of Jihad‘. Watch a video and view accompanying slides of Nico discussing ‘Online Environments and the Violent Jihad‘.