Emily Winterbotham

Director, Terrorism and ConflictTerrorism and Conflict


Emily Winterbotham is the Director of the Terrorism and Conflict research group at RUSI.  Emily’s research focuses on terrorism and counter terrorism, including preventing violent extremism, and international interventions in conflict and fragile states. The T&C research group encompasses teams in London, Brussels, and Nairobi and delivers research, advisory services, training and monitoring and evaluation services in the fields of Counter Terrorism and Conflict. 

Emily brings around 15 years of desk and field experience in an international policymaking environment. This includes over a decade of working in and on conflict, particularly in Afghanistan. In 2017 she was seconded by the UK Government to the Commonwealth Secretariat to establish the new CVE Unit. Between 2009 and 2015 she worked in Afghanistan, including as Political Adviser for the European Union Special Representative. Emily is also a Deployable Civilian Expert for the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit. 

Emily is the co- author of Countering Violent Extremism: Making Gender Matter (London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) and Conflict, Violent Extremism and Development: New Challenges, New Responses (London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). 

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