The newly appointed Co-Director of The Australian Intervention Support Hub (AISH), Dr Clarke Jones, will visit The University of Western Australia next week to present a public lecture on the relatively new field of community-led intervention as a solution to radicalisation and acts of terrorism.
Dr Jones, a leading researcher in violent extremism and radicalisation, will discuss a range of intervention initiatives designed to address radicalisation and reduce recidivism by keeping young people out of prison.
These so-called ‘softer solutions’ to terrorism are still hotly debated within the Australian community, with concerns about potential risks to our safety and security.
However, Dr Jones notes that, “…the outcomes of such community-led approaches are likely to have greater long-term solutions to reducing terrorism, as well as having greater benefits for offenders, their families and their communities.”
His lecture will focus on a range of intervention initiatives from the more intensive programs for high-risk individuals to less intensive programs that focus more on an individual’s interests rather than their risk factors.
Dr Jones worked for the Australian Government for over 15 years in national security. Since moving to academia in 2010, he has been working as a research fellow in the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University.
Dr Jones has assisted with the development of intervention options for young violent extremist offenders and over the past five years he has also been advising the Philippine Government on prison reform and the appropriate management of violent extremist offenders and prison gangs in their correctional system.
The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Studies and the Centre for the Study of Social Change at UWA.
WHAT: Public lecture – ‘De-Radicalisation: Community-Led Intervention in Australia’
WHEN: 6pm, Wednesday 16 September 2015
VENUE: Theatre Auditorium, The University Club of Western Australia
COST: Free, but RSVP essential.
Audrey Barton (Marketing and Communications Officer, UWA IAS) (+61 8) 6488 4797