Dr Jessica White

Senior Research FellowTerrorism and Conflict


Dr Jessica White is a Senior Research Fellow in RUSI’s Terrorism and Conflict group. Her expertise encompasses counter-terrorism and preventing and countering violent extremism policy and programming, as well as gender mainstreaming strategies. She has over a decade’s worth of experience as a researcher and security practitioner, with a prior career as an intelligence and language analyst in the United States Navy.

Jessica conducts research and manages projects on a range of topics including far-right extremism and terrorism, security policy, gender, and terrorism in the media and online. Jessica has recently published on the impact of the pandemic and other global events on extremism, transferability of CT frameworks across the threat spectrum, as well on the importance of applying a gender lens to CT and P/CVE approaches. She is also a co-founder of the Extremism and Gaming Research Network.

Jessica is an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT).

Research projects

Counterterrorism and Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Training

Counter-Terrorism, Monitoring, Reporting and Support Mechanism (CT MORSE)

Evaluating Security Interventions in Public Locations

Extremism and Gaming

Far-Right Extremism and the Security Forces

Gender in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

Global Far-Right Threat and Response Mapping

Misogyny, Hostile Beliefs and the Transmission of Extremism

Permissive Environments for Far-Right and Islamist Radicalisation

Prevention Project

Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Policy Support


Review of CT and P/CVE Activity Effectiveness


Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism (STRIVE) Horn of Africa


Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism (STRIVE) II Kenya


Terrorism and the Media

Latest publications

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