Michele Grossman is Professor of Cultural Studies and Research Chair in Diversity and Resilience at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. She is also the Convenor of the Australian-based AVERT (Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism) Research Network(@AvertResNet) and Director of the Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS), an eight-member university and practitioner consortium on social cohesion, community resilience and violent extremism led by Deakin University. Michele’s expertise and publications lie in addressing and countering violent extremism within communities, and understanding terrorism in diverse gender and cultural contexts. She holds current or recent research grants from a wide range of funding agencies including National Institute of Justice (USA), Public Safety Canada, ESRC-CREST (UK), ANZCTC and Dept. of Home Affairs (Australia) and others. She serves on several advisory boards and groups focused on preventing violent extremism, including the Commonwealth CVE Cadre of Experts, the Canadian International Consensus Guidelines Committee for the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremist Violence and the Horizon 2020 BRaVE (Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism) project.
A member of GREASE’s steering committee, Michele is co-leading efforts on the project’s forthcoming publication Unpacking Religion, Radicalisation and Violence: A Conceptual and Empirical Inquiry (working title). She will play a vital role in role in our Radicalisation and Resilience Case Studies and will be responsible for conducting case studies on Australia.
Dr Vivian Gerrand is a Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University. She coordinates the Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism (AVERT) Research Network. She is also a co-investigator of the EUI led Horizon 2020 Building Resilience to Violent Extremism and Polarisation (BRaVE) Coordination and Support Action (2019-2021). Her research interests lie in the areas of belonging and migration, image-making and representation, re-imagined citizenship and resilience to violence and violent extremism. In 2017-18 Vivian was a Max Weber Fellow in the Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, at the European University Institute. Vivian completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne on representations of Somali belonging in Italy and Australia. She is the author of Possible Spaces of Somali Belonging (Melbourne University Press, 2016).