Pisoiu, D. & Ahmed, R.-2016
Radicalisation research has grown significantly in the last years. Several large research projects have also been funded by the European Union that explore online aspects of radicalisation, underlying mechanisms of the radicalisation process, or de-radicalisation.1 In spite of this effort, practitioners and academics alike have signalled research gaps along all the focus areas of the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), as represented by its Working Groups (WG). This paper presents an overview of these research gaps as they have been outlined in the literature, in particular in the individual research papers on the RAN focus areas; as they have been voiced by practitioners and academics during the first RAN research seminar held between 12-13 April, 2016, in Vienna, Austria; and as communicated by WG leaders and the RAN Editorial Board in their feedback to this paper. It proceeds with describing research gaps that have been noted in all focus areas, followed by gaps which are specific to certain areas. Where appropriate, existing studies which meet at least partially some of these needs are mentioned and briefly outlined. While radicalisation research and its respective gaps are rather broad, this paper only looks at the aspects which are directly related to practical work in the nine RAN Working Groups: Communications and Narratives; Education; EXIT; Youth, Families and Communities; Local Authorities; Prison and Probation; Police and Law Enforcement; Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism; and Health and Social Care. The conclusion provides an overview of the research priorities based on the gaps outlined throughout the paper.