TEAM MEMBERS

AL-BARE, Randa – Applied Politics Intern

Randa Al-Bare is a master’s degree student in applied political studies at the University of Sherbrooke. She holds a master’s degree in human resources management. Her work focuses on gender policy and feminism in Africa. Ms. Al-Bare’s other research interests include women’s participation in political life, as well as women’s rights in Africa. As part of her master’s degree, she studies the research community’s participation in democratic consultation bodies in Québec and Canada.

ALIAGA, Guilhem – Research Assistant 

Guilhem Aliaga is a research assistant at the UNESCO-PREV Chair and a double master’s degree student in international strategic communication at the University of Sherbrooke and the Université catholique de Louvain. Through the use of ‘transmediality’ in communication strategies, M. Aliaga analyzes media content created by nationalist groups in France and in Québec. Holder of a master’s degree in marketing, he worked in the field of civil security in Southern France for a few years.

BEIER, Jessie – Project SOMEONE Collaborator

Jessie Beier, an Edmonton-based Ph. D. candidate, specializes in art education and film studies. She works at the intersection of philosophy, artistic production, and radical pedagogy. Beier’s current research — Teaching at the End of the World: Conjuring a Weird Pedagogy for Unthought Educational Futures — investigates how education systems produce resources for thinking the future, particularly in light of the various impasses facing both students and teachers in the age of the (so-called) Anthropocene. Mrs. Beier is an artist-researcher with Concordia Univeristy’s digital art initiative Landscape of Hope led by Project SOMEONE.

BELPORO, Lydie – Research Assistant 

Lydie Christelle Belporo holds two Master’s degrees in International Relations and Law from the Université de Montréal, and is the author of a book and numerous articles on the link between multinational corporations and human rights violations. She has held research and coordination functions with the Peace Operations Network of the Université de Montréal and the International Bureau for Children’s Rights in Montreal for a project in Burundi. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the School of Criminology of the Université de Montréal and her research interests focus on trajectories leading to violent radicalization and extremism.

BÉRUBÉ, Maxime  – Project SOMEONE Collaborator

Maxime Bérubé is an SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Concordia University and University of Waterloo, working on Project SOMEONE with the UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism (UNESCO-PREV Chair) to create social education strategies to prevent radicalization and violent extremism. He has a doctorate in criminology from the University of Montréal, where he also works as a lecturer. Terrorism, counterterrorism, intelligence and investigation strategies are among the topics he specializes in. Mr. Bérubé’s dissertation explores the diversity of jihadist influence activities, looking at an extensive sample of English-language videos. He is Co-Editor of a book titled Délinquance et innovation [Delinquency and Innovation] and his research interests focus on influence activities leading to violence, computational propaganda, social movements and open source data analysis.

BOUCHARD, Isabelle – Research Assistant

Isabelle Bouchard is a master’s degree student in applied political studies (research option) at the University of Sherbrooke. She developed an interest for radicalization and political communication while she was studying her bachelor’s degree in applied political science. Set in the Canadian context, her master’s thesis analyzes traditional written media’s coverage of La Meute, an extreme-right populist, nationalist and identity-oriented group. Among the Chair’s team, Ms. Bouchard worked on the UNI-PREV project on the prevention of violent radicalization in Québec’s universities. She currently focuses on the Dialogue+ Poll Analysis Report on the Canadian population’s vision of discriminatory practices and violent radicalization phenomenon. She analyzes the link between people’s news consumption types and the perceptions of violent radicalization in Canada.

BRAULT, Annabelle – Project SOMEONE Collaborator

Annabelle Brault is a resource-oriented music therapist, musician, researcher and educator. A full-time music therapy lecturer at Concordia University, she is interested in the use of music technology as a creative medium to instill social change. Alongside her teaching, she works as a music therapist with youth and caregivers. Her research and activist interests include harnessing the emancipatory power of music, resource-oriented approaches, as well as the use of music technology and performance in education. Ms. Brault’s participation in the educational initiative ‘Landscape of Hope’, led by Prof. Vivek Venkatesh as part of Project SOMEONE, embodies all of these interests, as unique audiovisual performances are used to explore resilience in the digital age. As a professional musician using electronic music media, she collaborates with artists such as Justin Wright, Cedric Noel, Tambour, Landscape of Hate and arc.

CHANG-KREDL, Sandra – Project SOMEONE Collaborator

Sandra Chang-Kredl is Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Concordia University. She conducts research on a wide range of topics in the field of education. Mrs. Chang-Kredl’s interests include teacher identity, curriculum studies, children’s popular culture, and cultural studies. She is a researcher with Project SOMEONE’s Landscape of Hope project.

CHAPMAN, Owen – Project SOMEONE Collaborator

In addition to being a composer, DJ and researcher, Owen Chapman is Associate Professor in Sound Production and Scholarship in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University. Addressing the place of sound in everyday life through his research, Mr. Chapman’s audio work involves app design, live performance and electronic composition and has been featured internationally in video soundtracks, media workshops, site-specific installations as well as solo and group performances.

DAXHELET, Marie-Laure – UNI-PREV Project Coordinator

Marie-Laure Daxhelet is a psychologist and associate professor at the Department of Psychology of University of Québec in Montréal (UQÀM). As part of her doctoral thesis, she focused on the issue of child soldiers and the identity transformations they experience following a military enlistment. Since 2016, she has been the main researcher and trainer of the Research and Action on Social Polarizations (RAPS) team, which is affiliated with the SHERPA Research Institute of the Montréal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (MWI IUHSSC). The RAPS team is comprised of multidisciplinary researchers preoccupied by the growing polarization of society around identity issues and various manifestations of violent radicalization. Among the UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism (UNESCO-PREV Chair) team, she is Co-Researcher and Coordinator of an action research project on the prevention of violent radicalization in Québec universities.

DELI, Caroline – Research Assistant

Caroline Deli is a Ph. D. candidate in criminology at the University of Montréal. Her thesis focuses on the radicalization process of far-right extremists by studying their life-course trajectories. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in psychology, she completed a master’s degree in neuropsychology at Aix-Marseille University. During her graduate studies, she took part in research projects on topics such as sexual offending, neuroscience and bilingualism. Ms. Deli also had the opportunity to work in the field of psychiatry and with children with learning disabilities.

DUROCHER-CORFA, Loïc – Research Assistant

Holder of a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Québec in Montréal (UQÀM), Loïc Durocher-Corfa is currently pursuing graduate studies in psychology with a focus on humanist and psychodynamic conceptions at UQÀM. His research interests include self-harm, suffered or perpetrated violence and radicalization. Mr. Durocher-Corfa is a research assistant for the UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism (UNESCO-PREV Chair).

GIRARD, Mélina – Research Assistant

In addition to a year of study in psychology, Mélina Girard is currently doing an undergraduate degree in criminology with a specialization in analysis at the University of Montréal. Combining both fields, her research interests revolve around criminology, victimology and psychology. More specifically, she is interested in the process of criminalization, as well as the macro-social factors that impact variation in crime. Ms. Girard is a research assistant for the UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism (UNESCO-PREV).

HALL, David – Project SOMEONE Collaborator

Cumulating more than twenty (20) years of experience in the film industry, David Hall is an accomplished producer and filmmaker whose documentary Blekkmetal, about the single edition of the festival of the same name, which took place in Norway in 2015. Critically acclaimed, the concert film explores the origins of Norwegian black metal. Mr. Hall is a researcher with Project SOMEONE’s Landscape of Hope initiative.

KUITCHE, Esaie – Research Assistant 

Esaie Kuitche is currently doing a postdoctoral fellowship in data analysis at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sherbrooke. His research focuses on time series analysis, modelling, and prediction. He obtained a Ph.D. in bioinformatics from the University of Sherbrooke. Within the UNESCO-PREV Chair, Dr. Kuitche participates in the collection and analysis of media content published on various social networks in the context of the pandemic, in order to detect the prevalence of misinformation and conspiracy theories online.

LALONDE, Martin – Project SOMEONE Collaborator

Martin Lalonde is a regular professor in the School of Visual and Media Arts’ education unit at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). His research interests include the impact of mobile digital technologies on teaching and learning, the intersection between the disciplines of art education and social work in the context of intervention with vulnerable populations, and amateur practices in visual and media creation among young people. Mr. Lalonde is a researcher with Project SOMEONE’s Landscape of Hope initiative.

MAMLOK, Dan – Project SOMEONE Collaborator

Dan Mamlok is a Horizon Postdoctoral Fellow involved in Project SOMEONE. Holder of a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Culture, and Curriculum from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Mr. Mamlok wrote his dissertation, titled ‘Digital Technology and Education in the Age of Globalization’, on social and cultural aspects of integrating technology and education. The paper specifically dealt with questions regarding democracy, education and citizenship. His research at Concordia University examines the influences of online and offline media on young children and the ways in which they develop understanding of the self and of the other, with the aim of building resilience against hate speech. He published several papers dealing with the challenges of advancing digital citizenship, as well as the importance of advancing critical sense and democratic citizenship.

OUSMAN, Sarah – Ph. D. Student

Sarah Ousman is a Ph. D. student at the Department of Psychology of University of Québec in Montréal (UQÀM) under the supervision of Ghayda Hassan (UQÀM) and Anne Crocker (Institut national de psychiatrie légale Philippe-Pinel). Ms. Ousman is interested in clinical intervention in the context of radicalization leading to violence, and her doctoral thesis focuses on the assessment of the risk of violence related to radicalization and violent extremism. As Mapping Officer, she is also involved with the Canadian Practitioners Network for the Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV).

PAYET, Caroline – Political Science Intern

A third-year student at Sciences Po Paris, Caroline Payet’s degree program specializes in political issues in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region. She is interested in political science, international relations and matters related to domestic and international security. As an exchange student at McGill University, she acquired notable knowledge on security by attending classes, lectures and conferences on the topic. As part of her academic background, Ms. Payet studied the phenomenon of Islamist radicalization in France and in Europe, as well as its prevention. She intends to pursue a master’s degree in defense and security at Sciences Po Paris.

PRETEROTI, Jane –  Intern

Jane Preteroti is a master’s student in International Law and international politics, at the University of Sherbrooke. She has also completed a bachelor’s degree in security and police studies, at the University of Montreal. While completing her bachelor courses, she developed an interest in radicalization and for national and international security issues. She is particularly interested in the influence of social media on radicalized groups, as well as the awareness of the youth in communities on the phenomena of violent extremism.

RABAH, Jihan – Co-Investigator for Project SOMEONE

Jihan Rabah is Co-Investigator for Project SOMEONE and Vice-President – Research and Analysis at eConcordia/KnowledgeOne Inc., the online learning services provider for Concordia University (as well as for other high-profile educational and commercial institutions), which caters for the development, production, hosting, and operational support of e-courses and commercial training programs. Holder of a doctorate in educational technology from Concordia University, her professional experience includes bringing together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers’ perspectives on the following issues: (1) integrating innovative digital technologies in educational environments to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of learning outcomes and (2) using educational technologies as means to activate citizenship and peace-building skills.

RENAULD ROBITAILLE, Marianne – Webmaster

Marianne Renauld Robitaille is pursuing a master’s degree in applied political studies – with a specialization in environmental issues and is holder of a bachelor’s degree in international studies and international law. Marianne is involved in the environmental cause as a young leader for the environment with ENvironnement JEUnesse, a non-profit organization working in environmental education, and in a local environmental citizen group named Mouvement d’Action Régional en Environnement. 

ROUSSEAU, Loïc-Alexandre – Research Assistant

Loïc-Alexandre Rousseau is currently a student in the Bachelor of Applied Communication – communication profile – at the University of Sherbrooke. His time in Sherbrooke led him to become interested in communications and, more specifically, public relations. Thus, his interests revolve mainly around the influence of the media on the population. Mr. Rousseau is a research assistant for the UNESCO-PREV Chair.

ST-LAURENT, Méi-Ra – Project SOMEONE Collaborator

As a trained musician (classical singing and piano), Méi-Ra St-Laurent holds a doctorate in musicology from the Université Laval. Her doctoral thesis entitled Métal noir québécois: l’analyse du récit identitaire d’une communauté black metal marginale focused on a community of black metal groups from Québec, in which she draws links between music, texts and the discourses emanating from them. Previously, her master’s thesis analyzed the narrative in extreme metal music. Specifically, she studied how music and lyrics form a unique narrative, often transgressive in scope. Ms. St-laurent has published several articles in different academic journals (Metal Music Studies, Journal on the Art of Record Production or Intersections : revue canadienne de musique) and presented her work at several international conferences (Art of Record Production Conference, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, International Society for Metal Music Studies). Ms. St-Laurent works with Vivek Venkatesh as part of her postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Her current research focuses on the increasing concern about the use of inclusive discourse (so-called “political correctness”) in the North American context of popular music, where she will draw connections with the circulation of hate speech in public spaces.

URBANIAK, Kathryn – Program Manager of Project SOMEONE

Kathryn Urbaniak has been Program Manager of Project SOMEONE since 2014. Throughout the years, she oversaw the design and development of the Project SOMEONE portal and content. She also led various projects in the field of primary prevention, including the Massive Open Online Course titled ‘From Hate to Hope: Building Understanding and Resilience’. Additionally, Ms. Urbaniak has managed more than twenty public engagement events under the Project SOMEONE and Grimposium banners. She is an accomplished learning-experience designer, instructor and researcher with degrees in educational technology, information technology, and business. She has authored publications in the fields of online hate, online communities and education. Ms. Urbaniak has trained over 1,000 teachers in 40 countries and also acted as a Canadian advisory committee member on the development of the international standard ISO 29993 (education and learning services).

WALLIN, Jason – Project SOMEONE Collaborator

Jason Wallin is Professor of Media and Youth Culture in Curriculum at the Faculty of Education of the University of Alberta. With over a decade of international field research about extreme music cultures and youth, Mr. Wallin created an opportunity to address problems of sexism, racism, and fascism related to the concerns of black metal producers and consumers. As part of Project SOMEONE, he coordinated and contributed (with Jessie L. Beier, University of Alberta) to the development of an anti-hate graphic novel based on youth interviews about personal experiences with hate and hate speech. The ‘anti-hate comic’ project was widely seen, having been exhibited around the world, profiled in numerous media interviews, and having comprised a visual centerpiece to UNESCO’s Summit on radicalization and extremism in Montréal.