UNESCO calls for research proposals: Social media and youth radicalization in the digital age

UNESCO calls for research proposals: Social media and youth radicalization in the digital age


Deadline: 24 March 2016

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisations (UNESCO) is seeking research proposals from researchers, institutions, research consortiums and organizations to provide a global mapping of research into the assumed roles played by social media in radicalization processes in all regions.

The research should also examine ongoing steps being taken to counter radicalization, and provide an in-depth analysis on their potential impact on online and offline freedoms. Building on these empirical findings, the study should also include recommendations for various actors including state actors, Internet companies, news media, civil society and researchers.

Focus Areas

– Global mapping of research into the role of social media in radicalization process in all regions.

– An analysis of counter-radicalization measures and their impact on online freedoms

– Recommendations


– 12 Month (with the first draft to be submitted by September 2016)


– Proposals should include a detailed description of the research methodology, research outline, timeline and the requested funding in US$ with a budget breakdown.

– The research shall be written in English or French at mother-tongue level, in the form of a policy paper that will be drafted in a style targeting UNESCO’s constituents.

– The final study will be published and distributes in print and electronic formats.

– The research shall comprise at least 100 standard pages (minimum of 320 words each) excluding annexes and bibliography.

– The final research will likely be published as part of a new UNESCO’s Series on these issues and budget allowing, will be translated to all six UN official languages, which will inform UNESCO’s 195 Member States and other international policy-makers on intermediaries-related policy making to promote online freedom.

How to Apply

Interested applicants send their proposals at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit UNESCO call for Research proposals.




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