Independent Synthesis Studies
Each of these study papers will be brief, a maximum of 2,000–2,500 words each. They are designed to outline very clearly the headlines and trend lines in their given topic. In general, they will each encapsulate:
- the known and accepted research conclusions on their subjects
- the contested research conclusions
- the important issues about which we simply don’t have reliable information
- a brief judgement on the significance and possibilities of progress on aspects of the overall problem
- full source references (excluded from the word limit) to support the synthesising nature of the study
Defining the Problem
The project aims, from an independent perspective, to determine why and how jihadist terrorism happens in the UK and to make a meaningful contribution towards effective and appropriate responses. Phase 1 of the project will create a baseline understanding of the current jihadist terrorism problem that distinguishes: those aspects that are well-understood and for which there is reliable empirical evidence, those aspects that are assumed to exist but for which the empirical evidence is contradictory or unreliable and those aspects of the problem that are generally just assumed or asserted and for which there is little reliable empirical evidence of any sort.
CoJiT-UK will define the problem by creating a new synthesised baseline of agreed understanding around the components of jihadist terrorism as it currently affects UK society.