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Gina Vale

Gina Vale

Research Fellow

Gina Vale is a Research Fellow at ICSR and an Associate Fellow at M&C Saatchi World Services, specialising in gender-sensitive analysis of terrorism and extremist violence. Her doctoral research examines the impact of Islamic State’s governance and state-building activities on local Sunni Muslim and Yazidi women in Iraq and Syria. She has academic and professional experience in Europe, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa, and has conducted extensive fieldwork in internally displaced persons camps in Northern Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan.

Beyond her PhD, Gina studies and consults on issues such as women and minors’ (de)radicalisation; female- and minor-focused propaganda; and the roles of female and underage extremists and combatants. Her research has been published by Small Wars & Insurgencies, the CTC Sentinel, and Conflict, Security & Development, among others.

She is completing a PhD in War Studies at King’s College London, and holds an MA in Terrorism, Security and Society with Distinction from King’s College London, and a BA (Hons) in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Cambridge.

You can reach Gina at: [email protected]

Publications:

  • ‘Liberated, Not Free: Yazidi Women After Islamic State Captivity’, Small Wars & Insurgencies, 31(3) 2020: 511-539; available here
  • ‘Local Voices Against Violence: Women Challenging Extremism in Iraq and Syria’, Conflict, Security & Development 20(2) 2020: 247-271 (with Alia Al-Kadi); available here
  • ‘The Yazidi Genocide: We Are Listening,’ (London: GNET, 2020); available here
  • ‘Piety is in the Eye of the Bureaucrat: The Islamic State’s Strategy of Civilian Control,’ CTC Sentinel 13(1) 2020: 34-40; available here
  • ‘A Minor Issue? Trajectories of Islamic State’s Underage Members,’ in D. Martin Jones et al. (eds.), Handbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Post 9/11, (Cheltenham: E. Elgar, 2019): 160-176; available here
  • ‘Women in Islamic State: From Caliphate to Camps’, (The Hague: ICCT, 2019); available here
  • ‘From Daesh to “Diaspora” II: The Challenges Posed by Women and Minors After the Fall of the Caliphate’, CTC Sentinel 12(6) 2019: 30-45 (with Joana Cook); available here
  • ‘From Daesh to ‘Diaspora’: Tracing the Women and Minors of Islamic State’ (London: ICSR, 2018) (with Joana Cook); available here
  • ‘Cubs in the Lions’ Den: Indoctrination and Recruitment of Children Within Islamic State Territory’ (London: ICSR, 2018); available here

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