Contributing Writer – Ireland
Simone Matassa is a head of the Women and Extremism Program (WAEP) at “Rise to Peace” organisation. She previously worked at as an International Affairs Consultant at Hong Kong Information Consulting.
She is in her final year of a Criminology Master of Arts degree at the Technological University of Dublin in Ireland where she conducts research on the affect pandemics have on global terrorism. With the current Covid-19 pandemic this study aims to contribute evidence that shows terrorism presents a greater threat nationally and internationally during, and in the aftermath of Covid-19 and to offer explanations for a potential increase in terrorist activity in a post-Covid world.
Miss Matassa has extensive experience in counter-terrorism research with specific reference to gender extremism. Previously, she develops and led the Women and Extremism Program at a non-profit organisation, “Rise to Peace”. Her work there involved highlighting, through academia, how women become involved in terrorism and to create a comparison between the processes of radicalisation for women versus men.
Her research articles have been published at Rise to Peace.