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Inga Kristina Trauthig is a PhD candidate at the War Studies Department and Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London. Her research examines ideological adaptations and governance in contentious environments and conflict zones, with a focus on Libya. Inga has conducted work with UN-organisations, NGOs and private companies that addressed root causes of civil strife as well as practical and ideological competition between state and non-state actors in the Middle East.

She holds an MLitt in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies from the University of St Andrews and attended the University of Würzburg and the University of Texas at Austin for her undergraduate studies. Her studies have been supported by the German Academic Exchange Service, the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies and the Conflict Research Society.

At King’s College, she is convener of the MENA Research Group within the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) and has held various positions in student representation at faculty, school, and departmental level.


Research Interests

  • North Africa, Libya
  • Ideology, Political Islam, Salafism
  • Non-state actors, governance in conflict zones
  • Non-violent and violent extremism
  • Misinformation and disinformation on social media





  • Dr. Shiraz Maher (primary supervisor)
  • Prof. Peter Neumann (secondary supervisor)