Markus Holdo

Researcher

My research generally focuses on challenges for inclusion in public deliberation and political decision-making. In two separate projects I study how actors deal with such challenges as they engage in discourses on counter-radicalization and urban riots. I also engage with more theoretical and conceptual issues on marginalization and public deliberation as well as other policy-areas, such as climate change. In addition, I follow the political developments in Tunisia and Egypt especially with respect to gender politics, Salafism and youth activism. 

Counter-radicalization

This project asks: how do governments and local authorities work to prevent radicalization and recruitment to violent jihadist groups such as the Islamic State? With a focus on Denmark and Sweden I compare local ideas and practices of dealing with challenges related to counter-radicalization. I focus, in particular, on which kinds of actors (authorities, experts, civil society groups etc.) are involved and which objectives and values are guiding the work.

Urban riots

Focusing on the debates and discussions that followed the so-called Husby riots in 2013, this project asks: what were the terms of these discussions? Which actors were included in and influenced the public’s understanding of the causes and consequences of the riots, and which persons, groups and perspectives were excluded or marginalized? It also examines the local narratives of the riots and local initiatives for working with issues of social unrest before and after the riots.