Online | 27 January 2021

Getting to the Source: The Importance and Challenges of Field Research on Violent Extremism


On Wednesday, January 27 at 7-9 am EST / 12-1 pm GMT / 8-10 pm MYT, the RESOLVE Network hosted a panel at the International Symposium on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism organized by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) of the University of Maryland. 

The first step in developing effective policies to counter violent extremism, is to properly understand the nature of the phenomenon itself. However, researching violent extremism presents many challenges, which has led to a preponderance of desk-based and online research in this area. This panel engages experienced violent extremist researchers to discuss the importance of conducting field work on violent extremism, highlighting the unique insights and perspective that they gained from being on the ground. Panel members will discuss experiences and challenges they faced in the field and advice they have for aspiring researchers in the region. 

The session will connect to the 2020 RESOLVE Network Global Forum series. The Forum is RESOLVE’s signature event that elevates the rigor of research, expands the knowledge base of practice, and advances the importance of locally informed policymaking. Bringing together policymakers, academics, researchers, and programming practitioners, the Forum is a hub of expertise for professionals in preventing and countering violent extremism, and an entry point of multidisciplinary knowledge and innovation into mainstream P/CVE efforts.   



  • Haroro Ingram, Senior Research Fellow, The Program on Extremism at George Washington University, RESOLVE Network Research Advisory Council Member
  • Sukanya Podder, Defense Studies Senior Lecturer, King’s College London
  • Moderator: Alastair Reed, Executive Director, RESOLVE Network, Senior Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace


The International Symposium on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (ICVE) in Malaysia and Southeast Asia is a multi-disciplinary symposium that aims to bring together scholars, researchers, and practitioners from the region and around the world to promote collaboration, present research findings, and discuss policy implication on preventing/countering violent extremism.

Funded by the U.S. Embassy-Kuala Lumpur, the symposium is co-hosted by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), based at the University of Maryland, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC), at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).