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Dr Jessica

Research Fellow

Dr Jessica White is a Research Fellow in RUSI’s Terrorism and Conflict group. Her expertise encompasses counter-terrorism and preventing and countering violent extremism methods, as well as gender mainstreaming in program design, implementation, and evaluation. She conducts research and manages RUSI projects on a range of topics, including the extreme right-wing, terrorism in the media and online. Jessica has recently published on the impact of the pandemic and other global events on extremism, the challenges of transferability across the threat spectrum for CT frameworks, as well on the importance of applying a gender lens to CT and P/CVE methods

Jessica completed her PhD in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. She also holds a MSc in Conflict Resolution from Kingston University London and a BA in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Kansas, USA. Before beginning her PhD, Jessica spent six years as an intelligence and language analyst in the United States Navy working on counter-terrorism. She is proficient in Arabic.

External publications

How The US Could Rethink Counter-Extremism Programs, Rantt Media, 25 February 2021
Given the complexity of the radical right threat in the US, there are numerous factors to be considered when it comes to mass de-radicalization programs.

Interventions Targeting Youth Engagement, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1 February 2021
A systematic literature review of effectiveness of counter-terrorism and preventing and countering violent extremism activities across three strands: 1) youth engagement, 2) capacity building of national government and law enforcement, and 3) reintegration.

Community and Gender in Counter-Terrorism Policy: Challenges and Opportunities for Transferability Across the Evolving Threat Landscape, ICCT Journal, 18 November 2020
This article illustrates how counter-terrorism policies are challenged by the emergence and resurgence of different threat profiles on the security horizon, especially focusing on right-wing extremism and definitions of community and gender.

Gender in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism: Meaningful Inclusion of Policy in Practice, CT MORSE, 7 October 2020
This paper highlights some practical challenges for implementation of high-level policy into on-the-ground programming and recommendations for meaningful gender-mainstreaming in the design, implementation and evaluation of P/CVE programming.

Gender in Countering Violent Extremism Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation: Beyond Instrumentalism, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 15 August 2020
Using STRIVE HoA as a countering violent extremism programme case study, this article highlights the conceptual and practical challenges for meaningful inclusion of gender in security programming. 

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