This research group develops and advances scientific knowledge about the human impact and causes of violent extremism.

We have an applied and translational focus that aims to have a positive social impact though building strong, safe, liveable and inclusive communities.

Collaboration is central to our approach and we seek to co-design and produce our research with our stakeholders to ensure it meets their needs.

Research areas

Research areas include:

  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Inclusive Communities
  • Racism

Research projects

  • Applied research into countering violent extremism (CVE) and counter-terrorism (CT) risk assessment tools
  • Iterative Review, Validation and Development of Radar CVE Case Management Tool
  • Applied Security Science Partnership (ASSP): A new generation initiative to counter violent extremism
  • Evaluation of the Victorian Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (V-FTAC)
  • Revisiting Risk - An Assessment of How Terrorism Subjects Make the Transition to Violence
  • Mapping networks and narratives of emerging far-right social movements in Victoria
  • Mapping Networks and Narratives of Far-Right Social Movements in New South Wales
  • Broadcasting Model to Counter Violent Extremism
  • Understanding the impact of media reporting of terrorism on countering violent extremism
  • Exploring the Multi-dimensional Role of Former Extremists in the Prevention, Intervention and Countering of Violent Extremism
  • From Villain to Hero: The Journey of Former Extremists
  • P2P youth dialogue, storytelling and violent extremism
  • Understanding the appeal of violent extremism among young people
  • Dissenting Citizenship? Understanding Individuals' Vulnerabilities to Right-Wing Extremism on the Local Level
  • Collaborative Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS)
  • Symbiotic Radicalisation: The interplay between the far-right and far-left activism In Australia (CRIS)
  • The role of mainstream media in the mobilisation of radical political movements (CRIS)
  • Hate speakers: Following the money (CRIS)
  • Far Right in Australia: Intellectuals, Masculinity and Citizenship (ARC Discovery)


Find out who's in our team, and read our researcher biographies via the links.

  • Associate Professor Steven Talbot (DST)
  • Associate Professor David Kernot (DST)
  • Associate Professor David Matthews (ONI)
  • Ms Laura Hateley (Victoria Police)
  • Ms Tiffany Fischer (DST)
  • Dr Kate Barrelle (STREAT)
  • Mr Shandon Harris-Hogan (Radar Solutions)
  • Ms Adriarne Laver (DST)

Partners, funders & collaborators

We collaborate with many high-profile community and government agencies, as well as Australian universities.

  • Defence Science Technology
  • Victoria Police
  • Department of Justice and Community Safety (Vic)
  • Countering Violent Extremism Sub-Committee (CVESC)
  • National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission of Thailand
  • Dept of Premier and Cabinet (Vic)
  • Scanlon Foundation
  • NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet
  • Resilience Research Centre—Dalhousie University (Canada)
  • Australian Multicultural Foundation
  • Centre for Multicultural Youth
  • RAND Australia
  • Institute for Strategic Dialogue (UK)
  • Institute of Economics and Peace
  • Radar Solutions
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • City of Melton
  • City of Yarra

  • Deakin University
  • Western Sydney University