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William Stephens is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.  His research addresses social-educative approaches to preventing violent extremism. In particular, he is examining local approaches to building resilience in young people that have emerged, and the possibilities and constraints created by the policy and social contexts in which these take place. Alongside his research, William spends much of his time working alongside groups of youth engaged in efforts for constructive social change in different neighbourhoods in the Netherlands. The insights he gains from many hundreds of young people in these different communities inspires and gives purpose to his research.

Education/Academic qualification

Educational Neuroscience, Master, Institute of Education

Primary Education, Bachelor, University of Edinburgh

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Research Output 2019 2020

Being resilient to radicalisation in PVE policy: A critical examination

Stephens, L. & Sieckelinck, S., 2020, In : Critical Studies on Terrorism. 13, 1, p. 142-165

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
political actor

Preventing violent extremism: A review of the literature

Stephens, W., Sieckelinck, S. & Boutellier, H., 2 Jan 2019, In : Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Radicalization and religion

Stephens, W. & Sieckelinck, S. M. A., 2019, Religion and European Society: a primer. Schewel, B. & Wilson, E. (eds.). Wiley‐Blackwell, p. 159-170 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic


Working Across Boundaries in Preventing Violent Extremism: Towards a typology for collaborative arrangements in PVE policy

Stephens, L. & Sieckelinck, S., 27 Sep 2019, In : Journal for Deradicalization. 20, p. 272-313 42 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
professional association

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Lecture / Presentation

Religion and European Society

William Stephens (Speaker)
6 May 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional