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aktuelle Projekte

Transatlantic Network Against Extremism (TransNex)

Duration: July 2023 to December 2024


  • SOCLES International Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Heidelberg/Berlin

  • Canadian Practitioners Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV)

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Associated partners

  • Organisation for the Prevention of Violence (OPV)

  • Estimated Time of Arrival (EST)

  • Moonshot

  • McGill University, Division of Social and Cultural Psychiatry (Prof. Cecile Rousseau)

  • German Youth Institute e.V. (DJI)

  • Ulm University Hospital Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychotherapy

Hard-to-reach Individuals and Communities

The prevention of radicalisation processes, group-related misanthropy and extremist violence is based not only on commitment and motivation, but also on professional, trusting relationships. On the other hand, specialised professionals in the fields of prevention, deradicalisation and exit work are faced with the question of how they can reach individuals and groups who isolate themselves, not least because of their ideological convictions, or who isolate themselves from important parts of society as a whole. A wide variety of approaches are discussed and trialled.

In the course of their day-to-day work, professionals from a wide range of areas (e.g. child and youth welfare, the penal system, healthcare and public authorities) come into contact with people who hold anti-democratic and/or inhuman beliefs or conspiracy narratives. The professional relationships that arise in this way can form an essential starting point or point of contact for the prevention, deradicalisation and exit work of specialised civil society organisations.

Getting In Contact

At the same time, the behaviour of professionals from the different areas is in a complex interplay with the perceptions of their clients. Although these correlations are difficult to measure, research indicates that they can have a conscious or unconscious influence on radicalisation processes. On the other hand, professionals often lack the necessary knowledge and confidence to deal with people who are in the process of radicalisation or hold extremist beliefs. As a result, they can feel uncomfortable, unsafe, overwhelmed or discouraged and need support. Approaches to deepen and improve networking between specialised prevention, deradicalisation and disengagement work and specialists from other areas are currently being developed (see RaFiK project, needs analyses on preventing extremism (Bedarfsanalysen Extremismusprävention)).

Alternatively, access to people or groups that are difficult to reach can be achieved through outreach. To do this, the specialised prevention, deradicalisation and disengagement specialists usually have to overcome a number of obstacles for potential clients - in particular, previous negative experiences and a lack of information as well as the resulting withdrawal and mistrust. The low-threshold provision of easily accessible services and the activation of family members or other local people who act as "key persons" are promising approaches.

In addition, a variety of other access options for hard-to-reach people or groups are being discussed and practised. However, research-based knowledge about what works and what does not is still scarce.


Project Objective

TransNex therefore aims to bring together existing expertise on access issues from Canada and Germany/Europe. During the 18-month pilot phase of the project, a transatlantic network of experts from practice, science and politics is to be established, which will serve to exchange expertise, conduct training courses and evaluate the status quo and the tried and tested measures. Through the international perspective of a transatlantic network, promising developments in the field of prevention, deradicalisation and disengagement work are to be made available for discourse and practice in Canada and vice versa.

The aim after the pilot project is to continuously expand the wealth of knowledge and experience, especially with regard to the expansion of networking between the specialised civil society providers of prevention, deradicalisation and disengagement work and experts from other fields. The international network is intended to create a space for cooperation and exchange and thus contribute to a shared understanding between experts, teachers and researchers. At the same time, TransNex aims to provide a platform for policy makers to discuss new innovative approaches and programmes.

In order to achieve these goals, SOCLES, together with CPN-PREV and the associated project partners, will organise a total of three half-day online workshops and a three-day symposium in Canada in 2024, which will address various issues relating to access for hard-to-reach individuals and groups.



The three workshops will take place online on June 15, September 17 and October 15 2024. The final symposium will take place from December 11 to 13  2024 in Canada.

Funded by:
Community Resilience Fund of the Ministry of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs of Canada



Leon A. Brandt

T +49 163 926 51 95

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