Dr Jessica White

Senior Research FellowTerrorism and Conflict


Dr Jessica White is a Senior Research Fellow in the Terrorism and Conflict group at the Royal United Services Institute in London. Her expertise encompasses countering terrorism and violent extremism policy and programming, with a focus on gender mainstreaming strategies. She has over a decade’s worth of experience, both as a researcher and a security practitioner, having served in US military intelligence.

Jessica co-founded and co-convenes the Extremism and Gaming Research Network, as well as leading RUSI’s Far-Right Extremism and Terrorism programme. She is also an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism and Expert Working Group member of the Counter-Terrorism Preparedness Network.

Jessica conducts research projects and has recently published on a range of topics including gender in security, far-right extremism and terrorism, terrorism in the media, and the nexus of extremism and online gaming. She also regularly participates on expert panels and in the media.>

Her recently published book Gender Mainstreaming in Counter-Terrorism Policy: Building Transformative Strategies to Counter Violent Extremism provides guidance for mainstreaming gender at international, national and programmatic levels. Jessica acts as a Gender Advisor on a range of projects, including for the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the European Union.

Latest projects

Examining Radicalisation Through Socialisation in Online Gaming Spaces

Far-Right Extremism and the Security Forces


Gender in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism


Misogyny, Hostile Beliefs and the Transmission of Extremism

Global Far-Right Threat and Response Mapping

Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Policy Support

Organised Crime, Terror and Insecurity in Africa (OCTA)

Evaluating Security Interventions in Public Locations

Latest publications

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