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Dr Emman El-Badawy is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at King’s College London’s Grand Strategy department in War Studies. She is also Head of Research at the Tony Blair Institute’s Extremism Policy Unit.

Emman’s current research, funded by the British Academy, compares non-violent and violent Islamist propaganda and is an extension of her previous work on Salafi-Jihadism. Emman’s specialisms are in Political Islam, the history of the global Islamist movement, Islam and ‘the State’ in the Muslim-majority world, (de)radicalisation and counterterrorism. She also provides comment and analyses on Middle East conflicts and regional geopolitics.

Emman is an academic advisor on the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Advisory Network. She also served as a member of Commissioner Sara Khan’s Expert Group for the UK Commission for Countering Extremism between 2018-19. She is also a BBC Expert Voice on Middle East conflict, terrorism, & extremism providing broadcast commentary since 2014.

In her role as Head of Research at the Tony Blair Institute she supervises research on multi-territorial Salafi-Jihadist group insurgencies, IRGC-backed & non-IRGC-backed Shia militia in the Middle East and South Asia, (de)radicalisation pathways in the West and abroad, Sunni & Shia Islamist ideology, propaganda and narratives, online extremism and the global Far-Right.

Emman holds a PhD in Arab & Islamic studies from the University of Exeter.


Research Interests

  • Global Terrorism & Counterinsurgency
  • Political Islam, Islamism, extremism
  • Conflict & Fragility
  • Middle East & North Africa: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Libya