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Elizabeth Pearson is a Lecturer at the Cyber Threats Intelligence Centre (CyTIC) in the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea University, and studied for her PhD in War Studies at King’s College London. She specialises in gender and extremism, with an interest in both Islamist and far-right movements in the UK. For RUSI she has worked on a five-country research project on gender and extremism, focusing on attitudes to both Violent Extremism and Countering Violent Extremism in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Canada. In 2015 she carried out a research project with VOX-Pol, the EU’s online extremism research network, on analysis of gender in ISIS-supporting communities on Twitter. Elizabeth also maintains a dataset of female suicide bombing in West Africa and works on issues of gender in Boko Haram factions. She has worked with the European Union Technical Assistance to Nigeria’s Evolving Security Challenges (EUTANS) and with RUSI on CVE delivery in Nigeria.
Elizabeth holds a Master's degree in War Studies from King’s College London, where she was a Simon O’Dwyer Russell prize-winner (2013). Elizabeth also has a BA degree in German and Philosophy from Wadham College, Oxford University. She also has more than fifteen years’ experience in radio journalism, where she worked in production, reporting and feature-making, mainly for BBC Radio Four.