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William Stephens is a research associate in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.  His research addresses social-educative approaches to preventing violent extremism. His doctoral thesis "Arranging Resilience: the role of social actors in preventing violent extremism" examined approaches to building resilience in young people towards extremism, and the possibilities and constraints created by the policy and social contexts in which these take place.  He is currently examining pedagogical responses to extremism as part of the EDURAD project. 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.

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Public Administration, PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

30 Sep 200130 Nov 0002

Award Date: 2 Nov 2021

Educational Neuroscience, Master, Institute of Education

Award Date: 1 Sep 2013

Primary Education, Bachelor, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jul 2011


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