Dr. Elizabeth Pearson
Dr Elizabeth Pearson is a Lecturer in Criminology at Royal Holloway, University of London, based within the Conflict, Violence and Terrorism Research Centre. Elizabeth specialises in gender, extremism and countering extremism and was previously part of the team at the Cyber Threats Research Centre (CYTREC) at Swansea University. Her ESRC-funded Ph.D. was awarded by King’s College London and focused on masculinities and radical right and Islamist activism in the UK. She has also written on gender and the Jihadist group Boko Haram. Elizabeth is an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and author of the new book (2021) “Countering Violent Extremism: Making Gender Matter”, along with Emily Winterbotham and Dr Katherine Brown. Before academia Elizabeth spent more than fifteen years with BBC radio where she worked in production, reporting and feature-making, mainly for BBC Radio Four.
On the 9 year anniversary of the Westgate attack, this Perspective takes stock of recent political developments and the evolution of the threat from al-Shabaab within both Somalia and Kenya.
This perspective analyses the recent ECtHR ruling and explains its impact on the policy of European countries to repatriate children that are still in the Northeast Syria camps.
This Perspective will assess five common predictions of the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan when they took over a year ago and consider whether things turned out as badly as many believed.