CASIS Project Lead
European University Institute
London School of Economics
Dr Caitlin Procter is a Part-Time Professor at the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute in Florence. Her research focus is on youth, humanitarian child protection and irregular migration in contexts of protracted conflict and displacement in the Middle East. She was recently awarded a Marie-Curie research fellowship at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, where her project will focus on the post-ISIS reintegration of children and youth engaged in armed violence in Iraq. Caitlin earned her PhD (DPhil) in International Development at the University of Oxford in 2019 and was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the EUI from 2019-2020. She has been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and the University of Birzeit in Palestine. She has conducted field research in Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Kenya and Ghana, and her forthcoming Marie Curie will involve extensive field research in Iraq. Prior to her doctoral studies, Caitlin worked for UNHCR, and she continues to work extensively as a consultant and advisor in the field of humanitarian child protection with multiple UN agencies, NGOs and diplomatic missions in the Middle East.
Dr Richard McNeil-Willson is a Research Fellow at the Global Governance Programme with the Max Weber Programme, based at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence. His work critically explores the construction of policy and practice towards extremism and terrorism, focusing on Europe. He holds a PhD from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, sponsored by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, and was a Visiting Fellow at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and Aarhus University.
Current projects include the Building Resilience against Violent Extremism and Polarisation (BRaVE) project, funded by the European Commission's Horizon2020 programme, and the Counterterrorism And Safeguarding in Response to Islamic State (CASIS) Project. Richard is also a Consultant Researcher for the European Commission Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (Counterterrorism and Radicalisation), which includes work on the Proscription of Rightwing Extremist Organisations (PREO) project, as well as the development of new European policy approaches towards Far Right violence in EU Member States.
Dr Jerome Drevon is a Research Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) who is particularly interested in the study of civil wars, contentious politics, and political violence. His research has engaged with the study of (mostly Islamist) non-state armed groups from the meso-level, including institutional, organisational, and networking perspectives. Jerome obtained his doctorate in Durham University before completing two post-doctoral positions at the universities of Manchester and Oxford. He has undertaken field research and lived in several Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey, and worked for NGOs and research centres before his doctoral studies.
Dr. Émilien Fargues is a Research Fellow at the Collaborative Institute on Migration (ICM), Collège de France, and a Research Associate at the Center for Political Science, Sciences Po, in Paris. Émilien specialises in the field of citizenship and migration studies and he is particularly interested in what exclusions from citizenship (citizenship revocation, naturalisation refusals) reveal about the boundaries of national membership, in a variety of domestic settings. Émilien obtained his PhD in Political Science from Sciences Po in 2019 and he was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute from 2019-2021.
Dr Georges Fahmi is a Research Fellow at the Middle East Directions Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy. Previously, Fahmi was a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Centre in Beirut, Lebanon. His research focuses on religious actors in democratic transition in the Middle East, the interplay between state and religion in Egypt and Tunisia, and religious minorities and citizenship in Egypt and Syria.
Sophia Fehrenbach studies a Master of Public Administration at Central European University in Vienna. She earned her undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and is currently participating in a mobility exchange program to the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. In her research, she focuses on political extremism, with a focus on Islamism, radicalisation processes and prevention practices. Moreover, she is interested in transitional justice processes, the role of religion in conflict resolution and the future of mediation.
Next to CASIS, current projects include the publication of a podcast on Islamic State returnees to Germany, a research project on refugee’s perspective on reconciliation in Za’atari camp as well as support for the "Building Resilience against Violent Extremism and Polarisation" (BRaVE) project which is funded by the European Commission's Horizon2020 program
Youssef Mnaili is a PhD researcher in Political science at the European University Institute. He previously studied at the International University of Rabat, Science Po Grenoble, and Cardiff University. His work focuses on State-Society relationships, indirect governance, politics, international relations, and the political economy of the Middle East. He was recently awarded the Mediterranean Dialogue fellowship at the NATO Defence College. He has undertaken extensive field research and lived in Israel/Palestine and Lebanon His forthcoming NATO related work will involve fieldwork in Morocco.
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