Dr. Gina Vale is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) and an Associate Fellow at M&C Saatchi World Services, specialising in gender-sensitive analysis of terrorism and extremist violence. Her doctoral research examined 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.
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 Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Small Wars & Insurgencies, CTC Sentinel, and Conflict, Security & Development, among others.
She completed 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.
- Violent Extremism
- Rebel Governance
- Feminist Security Studies
- Sexual and Gender-based Violence
- Children and Extremist Violence.
- 2019 ‘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, 160-176.
- 2020. ‘Case Note – Justice Served?: Ashwaq Haji Hamid Talo’s Confrontation and Conviction of Her Islamic State Captor,’ Journal of Human Trafficking, Enslavement and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence 2(1): 189-198.
- 2020. ‘Defying Rules. Defying Gender? Women’s Resistance to Islamic State,’ Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, advance online publication.
- 2020.‘Liberated, Not Free: Yazidi Women After Islamic State Captivity’, Small Wars & Insurgencies, 31(3): 511-539.
- 2020.‘Local Voices Against Violence: Women Challenging Extremism in Iraq and Syria’, Conflict, Security & Development 20(2): 247-271 (with Alia Al-Kadi).
- 2020.‘Piety is in the Eye of the Bureaucrat: The Islamic State’s Strategy of Civilian Control,’ CTC Sentinel 13(1): 34-40.
- 2019.‘From Daesh to “Diaspora” II: The Challenges Posed by Women and Minors After the Fall of the Caliphate’, CTC Sentinel 12(6): 30-45 (with Joana Cook).
Gina Vale Research Profile