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Communications Research Consultant (RUSI Nairobi)
Matt Freear has worked in media and communications for more than 17 years, specialising in communications around conflict and terrorism in the developing world since 2005. He has written and published research on countering violent extremism and communications theory, al Shabaaab’s communications and conflicts in Somalia, Mali and Syria. He currently runs programmatic and research activities as manager of the preventive communication strands of STRIVE II (Kenya) and STRIVE Afghanistan. He is particularly interested in designing, running and researching on media development, media literacy and communication for social change interventions in response to terrorism. He has contributed to several other programmes covering security and financial issues in east Africa, the Middle East and North Africa. He started his career as a British civil servant, working in strategic and crisis communication roles, including in the Prime Minister’s Office, Downing Street. He led communications teams in Iraq, Afghanistan and Washington DC, handling diplomatic, security and development issues. While living in Kenya, he ran and provided communications services to the African Union Mission to Somalia and the EU Delegation to Kenya. He now lives with his family in Denmark.