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Confirmation of Candidature : Candidate - Nicole Matejic

The Jihadi Nudge

Date: 25 February 2019
Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Venue: Toowoomba - Q303, or via Zoom
Contact: For more information, please contact the Graduate Research School.
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Foreign fighters are not a new phenomenon. While Islamic extremism is colloquially referenced as a singularity in the contemporary deposition of foreign fighters, the phenomenon is not unique to Islam. What is new is the way in which Islamic terrorist groups recruit and radicalise individuals toward old, but reframed, systems of belief that conclude with acts of extreme violence.

An analysis of behavioural economics theory of ‘choice architecture and nudges’ through a terrorism lens provides insights into radicalisation pathways. Building on cognitive psychology and behavioural economics literature demonstrating the decision-making biases that make potential terrorists susceptible to online propaganda and recruitment; by analysing the systems of extremist propaganda the researcher can demonstrate how terrorist organisations exploit susceptible individuals.