New PhD student: Mikkel J. Hjelt

Mikkel J. Hjelt is a new PhD student at the department. His PhD project explores the interplay between social-ecological factors and individual pathways of radicalization in Aarhus.

03.01.2017 | Ingrid Marie Fossum

Mikkel J. Hjelt has worked as a consultant in Aarhus Municipality’s program regarding prevent of radicalization, extremism and discrimination in Aarhus (the so-called Aarhus Model).

My name is Mikkel J. Hjelt and I am new PhD student at the department. Formally, I am enrolled at Faculty level BSS (the so-called 7th leg).

My PhD project is part of a larger research project (The Social Ecology of Radicalization: A Foundation for the Design of CVE Initiatives and Their Evaluation). My research is overall set to investigate the ‘where’ of radicalization. This causes a focus to investigate the characteristics of radicalizing settings (both offline and online), exposure to radicalizing settings and the emergence of such settings in some locations rather than others. Therefore, my PhD project explores the interplay between social-ecological factors and individual pathways of radicalization in Aarhus.

By highlighting these under-researched topics of radicalization, my project – in cooperation with the larger research project – aims to contribute towards prevention of radicalization. My main supervisor is Lasse Lindekilde, and my co-supervisor is Morten Brænder.

I hold a BA and MA in the Study of Religion from Aarhus University. Since graduating in 2011, I have worked as a consultant in Aarhus Municipality’s program regarding prevent of radicalization, extremism and discrimination in Aarhus (the so-called Aarhus Model).

I look forward to meeting you all!

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