The main objective of this project is to provide a comprehensive and systematic analysis of the process of terrorism and radicalization in Belgium.

The first approach aims at describing precisely the various public policies initiatives that are justified by the prevention or the sanction of “radicalization processes”. The second approach is based upon a large population survey that will try to map contemporary attitudes of citizens residing in Belgium towards the use of violence either by radical groups or by the public authorities. Finally, the third objective of this research project is to examine at the micro-level those individuals whom the Belgian state authorities have been suspecting, and sometimes convicted, or support of terrorism or radicalization.

Based on the results of the various analyses, the researchers will suggest public policies which could ameliorate the social climate in Belgium by preventing further polarization and, in this sense, avoid the emergence of extremism.

The project is conducted by researchers from ULB (Jean-Benoit Pilet, Corinne Torrekens and Marco Ognibene) – coordinator –, KU Leuven and INCC.

End of the project: 31/3/2021

Created on August 29, 2018