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Dr Gina Vale

Dr Gina Vale

Senior Research Fellow

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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.


Research Interests

  • Terrorism
  • Violent Extremism
  • Radicalisation
  • (In)Security
  • Rebel Governance
  • Feminist Security Studies
  • Sexual and Gender-based Violence
  • Children and Extremist Violence.



Book Chapters:

  • 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.

Peer-reviewed Articles:

Policy Papers

Gina Vale Research Profile