Luca is a researcher at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT). Prior to that, she obtained a BSc degree in International Relations and Organisations from Leiden University, in addition to completing a minor in Security Studies at Leiden University and Delft University of Technology. For two years of her studies, Luca served as a board member to the student association CIROS, which represents students of International Relations at Leiden University Campus The Hague. Moreover, she worked as a research assistant at the Centre for Public Values & Ethics (CPVE), in a database project on miscarriages of justice across Europe.
Luca has a keen interest in topics related to risk management and the prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism, particularly right-wing extremism. Likewise, she has a strong affinity for data science and quantitative research methods. At ICCT, her work will center around assisting with research and acquisition projects, with a particular focus on quantitative data analysis.
Coleman, J., Dal Santo, E., Demuynck, M., Vellage, L. and Vermeersch, E. Dynamics of Support and Engagement: Understanding Malian Youths’ Attitudes towards Violent Extremism. Report, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, 24 February 2021.
White supremacist extremists travel across the border between the United States and Canada to perpetrate violent attacks, spread propaganda, recruit, and network. This cross-border activity threatens to strengthen extremist movements in both countries.
An interview with Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges David van Weel, and NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Clare Hutchinson What key emerging security challenges (particularly related to terrorism) are currently being focused on at NATO? What initiatives are NATO prioritising in response to these? David Van Weel […]
President Joe Biden released his Interim National Security Strategic Guidance last month. Counter-terrorism has been replaced by the threat posed by traditional state actors, such as China and Russia, as well as a looming climate crisis as the main challenge facing the United States today. A review of past practices and a refocusing of priorities, as opposed to big commitments, seem to characterise the new president’s counter-terrorism strategy.