Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism and Polarisation

Far Right and Islamist groups seeking to recruit people to their particular political cause promote ideologies and anti-human rights attitudes that lead to polarization, hatred, intolerance and violence. Often cherry-picking from religious doctrines, they rely on a superficial understanding and interpretation of such doctrines. The activities of such groups can lead to disruption of social cohesion, diminished civic capacity, loss of trust in democracy and human rights, social tensions, hate speech, intolerance, discrimination and even violence.

Survey of good practices in counteracting polarization and violent extremism

The BRaVE project builds on existing knowledge and policy experience with a view of developing better analytical and policy tools for the design of more efficient resilience policies that counteract polarization and prevent violent extremism. The project will start with a critical reading of existing scholarly literature and with a critical mapping of existing policy approaches to develop a preliminary impact assessment of these approaches. It will continue with an extended survey of good practices in counteracting polarization and violent extremism and build an integrated database of such practices – with a special focus on community interventions which are arts and creativity based or employ youth cultural methods.

The project will also develop a Resilience Hub that engages with three types of factors that can promote or mitigate polarization and violent extremism in society: notably historical and cultural factors; socio-economic conditions; the role of social media and networking. Moreover, BRaVE will develop stakeholder workshops in relation to these three sets of factors that affect radicalization in society, and follow up with digital forums to enable participation of a large number of stakeholders.

Builduing tools of resilience

Each stakeholder dialogue builds a tool of resilience in their field: notably inter-faith education training for secondary school teachers; a proposal for a basic income policy that mitigates socio-economic inequalities; a guide to responsible social media design. Particular emphasis is given to arts-based, creative, and youth-cultural approaches to prevention. The Resilience Hub will thus include a Resilience Fair where arts and creativity based community interventions to stop polarization and build resilience will be presented.


1 January 2019 - 31 December 2021

Project partners

  • European University Institute (EUI), Italy
  • Lancaster University (ULANC), UK
  • CEJI-A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe (CEJI), Belgium
  • Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland
  • Cultures Interactive (CI), Germany
  • ITTI sp. z o.o. (ITTI), Poland
  • Center for Policy Studies, Central European University (CEU CPS), Hungary


Horizon 2020 – SC6 Governance