University of Cyprus: Participation in a €3.16 million research project for the study of extremism

An international academic team, under the supervision of the Open University of England and with the cooperation of the Psychology Department of the University of Cyprus, under the supervision of Associate Professor Irini Kadianaki, secured €3.16 million to help identify and manage the development of extremist views locally and internationally.

The project entitled, “OppAttune – Countering Oppositional Political Extremism Through Attuned Dialogue: Track, Attune, Limit”, which started in April 2023 and will last for 3 years, is co-funded by the European Commission and the Horizon Europe programme.

OppAttune brings together an ambitious multidisciplinary team of 17 partners inside and outside Europe from the scientific fields of psychology, political science, sociology, history, anthropology, law and business administration.

The main objectives of the project are:

  • Monitoring the evolution of extremist political narratives within the Media and local communities and the establishment of the psychological, sociological and anthropological driving forces of extremism.
  • Harmonising the possibility for public dialogue through understanding how extremist political narratives impact socio-political dialogue.
  • Limiting the rise of extremist political narratives and their potential to evolve into violent political transformations by disrupting democratic processes, such as electoral procedures.

The partners of the program are: The Open University (OU) UK (Scientific Co-Ordinator), Panteion University (Panteion) Greece – (Administrative Co-Ordinator), Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) UK, American University in Paris (AUP) France , Malmö University (MAU) Sweden, Cultures Interactive (CI) Germany, Oesterreichische Akademie Der Wissenschaften (OEAW) Austria), Universita Ta Malta (UoM) Malta, Özyeğin University (OzU) Turkey, Istanbul Bilgi Universitesi (Bilgi) Turkey, University of Cyprus (UCY) Cyprus, Institut Jozef Stefan (JSI) Slovenia, Universidade De Coimbra (UC) Portugal, International Security Affairs Center (ISAC) Serbia, Kosovar Center for Security Studies (KCSS) Kosovo, Hammurabi Human Rights Organization (HHRO) Iraq and the PRONI Center (PRONI) Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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