Building peace in the minds of men and women

Youth and the Internet: Fighting Radicalization and Extremism

Wed, 17 Jun - 9:30 to 10:45

Approaches to counter-radicalization

Ulrich Kropiunigg

Women without Borders, Austria

Previously a University Professor at the Centre for Public Health at the Medical University of Vienna. Dr Kropiunigg’s studies have pursued psychology and psychotherapy with a strong awareness of social and political phenomena. Among other topics like psychoimmunology and psychosocial factors in Alzheimer's disease, he has focussed on attitude changes and group dynamics in peace-camps, taboos in families of adolescents, the psychological determinants of radicalization and the early prevention of extremism. As part of the latter he co-designed the curricula for Women without Borders’ Mother Schools programme, which aims to encourage and educate family members, particularly mothers, to take an active role in safeguarding their families and communities.