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Volume Three: Radicalisation and Preventability
Volume Three: Radicalisation and Preventability (20pt version)

Appendix 18: Expert in education and extremism

Professor Lynn Davies

Professor Lynn Davies has nearly 20 years’ experience in research and writing on education, extremism and conflict. She has published three books on these subjects. She has published a large number of peer‑reviewed papers and articles, including two international reviews. Her work has enabled her to compare the UK approach to that in other countries.134

She has acted as a consultant to a number of organisations. This has included being a consultant to the Department for Education in 2008. In that capacity, she worked on the ‘Learning Together to be Safe’ toolkit. In 2016, she acted as a consultant to UNESCO. This work was focused on helping to prepare a guidebook called Preventing Violent Extremism through Education: A Guide for Policy-makers. In 2019–20, she acted as a consultant to the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change to advise on the paper and strategy entitled ‘The Global Commitment to Promote Global Citizenship and Prevent Extremism Through Education’.135

She has been called as an expert speaker for international events related to extremism and radicalisation. This has included, in 2015, speaking at a UNESCO event, addressing the issue of ‘Youth and the Internet: Fighting Radicalisation and Extremism’. In 2020, she spoke at a Department for Education event, addressing the issue of ‘Effective Educational Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism’.136

She is the Director of a social enterprise called ConnectFutures. ConnectFutures provides training resources on extremism. She has evaluated training and produced research reports for the police and the Home Office. Over the course of her career, she has had regular and frequent contact with educational providers and Prevent officers.137