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Lasse Lindekilde


CV - Lasse Engelbrecht Lindekilde
(May 2018)

Personal data
Born: 22 February 1976
e-mail: Lindekilde@ps.au.dk
Tel: +45 6168 3077
Civil status: Married, 3 children

Education and Degrees
December 2008: PhD from the Department of Social and Political Science, European University Institute, Florence
August 2005:Master of Research, the European University Institute, Florence
July 2004:Master's degree in Political Science from Aarhus University, Denmark
July 2001:Bachelor's degree in Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
July 1998:Exam. Art., Scandinavian Language and Literature, Aarhus University, Denmark

Academic AppointmentsApril 2019 - present: Professor, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark.Jan 2018 - July 2018: Visiting Fellow, The Orfalea Centre for Global and International Studies
Aug. 2014-Aug. 2015: Visiting Fellow, Department of Communication, University California Santa Barbara, USA
2012- 2019: Associate professor, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
2009-2012: Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
2004-2008: PhD Student, European University Institute, Florence. Grant paid by the Danish Ministry of Science

Recent Grants
2020:'Standing by: Pro-social Bystander Reactions to Online Political Hostility' (STANDBY). ERC Consolidator Grant (DKK 14.842.560). PI.

2019:   'Research on Online Political Hostility' (ROPH). Funded by the Carlsberg Foundation (DKK 15.700.000). Co-PI.


‘Neighborhood Characteristics, Radicalization and Criminal Involvement in Denmark – A Pilot Study’ 2018. Funded by The Rockwool Foundation. (DKK 258,205 »€34,000). Principal Investigator.

‘Græsrødder, demonstranter og ekstremister: Politisk deltagelse på den dansk venstrefløj 1945-2018’ [Grassroots, activists and extremists: Left-wing political participation in Denmark 1945-2018]’ 2018-2020. Funded by The Velux Foundation(DKK 950,000 »€127,300). Co-investigator.

‘Building Community Resilience: Preventing and Mitigating the Impact of Violent Extremism through Pre-event Risk Communication’ 2018. Funded by The Carlsberg FoundationThe Danish Council for Independent Researchand the Danish Innovation Institute Silicon Valley(total DKK 380,000 »€50,900). Principal Investigator.

‘Nordic Multiagency Approaches to Handling Extremism: Policies, Perceptions and Practices’ 2018-2021. Funded by NORDFORSK – Nordic Societal Security programme(DKK 2,950,000 »€394,000). Co-investigator.


Dkk 1,554,000 from EC Marie-Skodlowska-Curie. Postdoc-stipendium for David Parker. Project on ‘A cross-country comparison of Communications designed to Prevent Radicalisation’.


Dkk 3,090,000 from AUFF Associate Professor Starting Grant. Project on ’How Radicalization Happens and is Countered: Threathened Fundamental Life Embeddedness, Personal Risk-factors and Small Group Dynamics’.


Dkk 1,129,793 from the Minerva Research Program under the US Department of Defense. Project on ‘The Social Ecology of Radicalization: A Foundation for the Design of CVE Initiatives’.


Dkk 3,267,840 from the FP7-SEC-2013.6.1-2. Project on ’Preventing, Interdicting, and Mitigating Extremism: Defending Against Lone Actor Extremist Events’ (PRIME). Grant agreement no: 608354

2013: Dkk 732,081 from The DanishNational Research Council, the Carlsberg Foundation and the InternationalNetwork Programme under the Danish Agency for Science, Technology andInnovation. Project on ‘When and how Enclave Deliberation Leads to Extremism’to be carried out at the Department of Communication, UCSB.    

Participation in International Research Projects and Research management
2016-2019: PI on "How Radicalization Happens and is Countered: Threathened Fundamental Life Embeddedness, Personal Risk-factors and Small Group Dynamics"
2014-2017: Danish PI on’Preventing, Interdicting, and Mitigating Extremism: Defending Against Lone Actor Extremist Events’ (PRIME – Commission contract no: 608354). Partners from Britain, the Netherlands, Poland, Israel and Denmark. Supervision of one post-doctoral fellow
2012: Danish PI on ‘The Impact of Counter-terrorism measures on communities’, financed by the Open Justice Society Foundation. Partners from Britain, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, and France
2010-2013: Part of Danish research team on ‘Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion: Responding to the Challenges of the 21st Century in Europe’ (ACCEPT Pluralism – Commission contract no: 243837). Partners from 14 EU countries plus Turkey
2009-2010: Danish PI on ‘Radicalization among Young Muslims in Medium-sized European Cities’, financed by Center for Islamisme og radikaliseringsprocesser (CIR), AU. Partners from Britain, Germany, Italy and France

Academic Supervision

Currently the main supervisor of four PhD-candidates, and the co-supervisor of one PhD-candidates. In addition, currently the supervisor of one post-doc candidate.

Recent Professional Activities

2016 – present:   Expert member of the Danish National Alliance to Combat OnlineRadicalization, sponsored by the Danish Security and Intelligence Service.

2016 – present:   Member of the RAN Center of Excellence Expert Pool, sponsored by the EuropeanCommission.

2015 – present: Member of the editorial board of the Radicalization Awareness Network Centre of Excellence, sponsored by the European Commission.

2015 – present: Head of section, section of political sociology, Department of Political Science, AU.

2014 – present Editorial board member, Politica.


Advisor to the Radicalisation Prevention Network, organised by the Municipality of Aarhus and the East Jutland Police Force

Research Focus Areas
Radicalization, extremism and prevention
Free spaces, deliberation and group-polarization
Social movements and political protest
Risk communication
Group-identity and group-solidarity 

List of Publications – Lasse Lindekilde (born 1976)

Total number of peer-reviewed publications: 45

Citations (Google Scholar): 577


27) Lindekilde, L., Pearce, J. M., Parker, D & Rogers, B. 2019. ‘Communicating public guidance for firearms and weapons attacks: factors influencing intention to ‘run, hide, tell’ in the UK and Denmark’, Risk Analysis. DOI: 10.1111/risa.13301


26) Lindekilde, L. & Gøtzsche-Astrup, Oluf. 2019. ’Either or? Reconciling findings on mental health and extremism using a dimensional rather than categorical paradigm’, Journal of Forensic Sciences. DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.14014


25)Lindekilde, L., Castelli Gattinara, P. & O’Connor, F. 2019. ‘No country for acting alone? The neo-Fascist Movement and Lone-Actor Terrorist Attacks in Italy’, Perspectives on Terrorism, 12(6): 136-149.


24) Lindekilde, L. Malthaner, S. & O’Connor, F 2019. ’Killing in Pairs: Radicalization Patterns of Violent Dyads’, International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 12(1): 1-12.


23)Lindekilde, L. & Shanaah, S. 2019. ‘Standing up and Speaking out? British Muslims’ Collective Action against Islamist Extremism’, Democracy and Security. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17419166.2019.1573680.


22)Lindekilde, L., Pearce, J. M., Parker, D., Rogers, B. & Bouhana, N. 2019. ’Encouraging public reporting of suspicious behaviour on rail networks’, Policing & Society. DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2019.1607340

21) Lindekilde, L., Malthaner, S. & O’Connor, F. 2018. ’Embedded and Peripheral: Patterns of Lone Actor Radicalization’, Dynamics of Asymmetrical ConflictPathways towards Terrorism and Genocide, 12(1): 20-41.

20) Lindekilde, L., Parker, D., Pearce, J. M., & Rogers, B. 2018. ‘Press Coverage of Lone-Actor Terrorism in the UK and Denmark: Shaping the Reactions of the Public, Affected Communities and Copycat Attackers’, Critical Terrorism Studies, 12(1): 110-131.

19) Lindekilde, L., Schuurman, B. Malthaner, S. O’Connor, F., Gill, P., & Bouhana, N. 2018. ‘End of the Lone Wolf: The Typology that Should Not Have Been’, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. https://doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2017.1419554

18) Lindekilde, L., O’Connor, F. & Schuurman, B. 2017. ‘Radicalization patterns and modes of attack planning and preparation among lone-actor terrorists’, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 11(2): 113-133. 

17) Lindekilde, L., Parker, D., Pearce, J. & Rogers, B. 2017. ‘Challenges for effective counter-terrorism communication. Practitioner insights and policy implications for preventing radicalisation, disrupting attack planning and mitigating terrorist attacks’. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 42(3): 264-291.

16) Lindekilde, L. Bertelsen, P. & Stohl, M. 2016. ‘Who Goes, Why and With What Effects? The problem of Foreign Fighters from Europe?’. Small Wars and Insurgencies, 27(5): 858-877.

15) Lindekilde, L. & P. Bertelsen. 2016. ‘Voldelig Transnational Aktivisme: Islamisk Stat, Syriensfrivillige og radikalisering’, Dansk Sociologi: 4(26): 29-51.

14) Lindekilde, L. 2015. Dansk forebyggelse af ekstremisme og radikalisering 2009 – 2014: Udviklingstendenser og fremtidige udfordringer. Politica47(3): 424-444.

13) Lindekilde, L. 2014. ’The Mainstreaming of Far Right Discourse in Denmark:The Proliferation of Liberal Intolerance’, Journal of Immigration and Refugee Studies, 12(4): 363-382. 

12) Lindekilde, L. & D. della Porta. 2013. ‘European Anti-terror Policies Ten Years after 9/11. Editors’ Introduction’, European Journal of Criminal Policy and Research18(4): 307-310.

11) Lindekilde, L. 2013. ‘Assessing the Impact of Counter-Radicalisation Prevention Policies on End Target Groups: The Case of Denmark’, European Journal of Criminal Policy and Research18(4): 385-402.

10) Lindekilde, L. 2013.’Introduction: Assesing the Effectiveness of Counter-radicalization Policies in North-Western Europe’, Critical Studies on Terrorism5(3): 335-344.

9) Lindekilde, L. 2012. ’Neo-liberal Governing of ’Radicals’: Danish Radicalization Prevention Policies and Potential Iatrogenic Effects’, International Journal of Conflict and Violence, 5(2): 109-125.

8) Lindekilde, L. & L. Kühle. 2012. ‘Radicalization and the Limits of Tolerance’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 38(10): 1607-1623.*

7) Lindekilde, L. 2012. ’København - Cairo tur/retur: Om transnational politisk aktivisme under karikaturkrisen og det arabiske forår’, Tidsskrift for Islamforskning2012(1): 9-36.

6) Lindekilde, L. 2010. ‘Soft Repression and Mobilization: The case of Transnational Activism of Danish Muslims during the Cartoons Controversy’, InternationalJournal of Middle East Studies, 42(3): 451-469.*

5) Lindekilde, L. 2010. ’Forebyggelse af radikalisering, miskendelse og muslimsk minoritetsidentitet’, Tidsskrift for Islamforskning, 2010(2): 7-29. 

4) Lindekilde, L. & G. Larsson, 2009. ‘Muslim Claims-making in Context: Comparing the Danish and the Swedish Muhammad Caricatures Controversies’, Ethnicities, 9(3): 361-382. 

3) Lindekilde, L., R. Zapata-Barrero, & P. Mouritsen, 2009. ‘The Muhammad Cartoon Controversy in Comparative Perspective’. Ethnicities, 9(3): 291-313.

2) Lindekilde, L. 2008. ‘Mobilizing in the Name of the Prophet? The Mobilization/Demobilization of Danish Muslims during the Muhammad Caricatures Controversy’, Mobilization13(2): 219-232. 

1) Lindekilde, L. 2004. ’Politisk kulturelle kamæleoner?’ Tidsskriftet Politik7(3): 82-96.



Lindekilde, L. & Gøtzsche-Astrup, Oluf. ’Self-Uncertainty, Dark Mindsets, and Dark Personalities on Campus: Precursors of Support for Political Violence among College Students’, submitted to Journal of Experimental Political Science



2) Lindekilde, L. & T. Olesen. 2015. ‘Politisk protest, aktivisme og sociale bevægelser’, København: Hans Reitzels Forlag. 

1) Lindekilde, L. & G. Fahmi (eds.). 2012. De-radicalization Coalition Building: Lessons from the Past and Future Challenges. Cairo: Al-ahram Center for Advanced Studies. Published in both English and Arabic.



16) Lindekilde, L. & Olesen, T. ’Social Movements and Political Protest’, in Benedikte Brincker (ed.) Introduction to Political Sociology, chap. 11. Hans Reitzels Forlag. ISBN 9788741277141

15) Lindekilde, L. & Olesen, T. ‘Politisk protest og sociale bevægelser’, in Introduktion til komparativ politik, Hassing Nielsen, J., Tholstrup, J. & Aagaard Seeberg, M. (eds.). Hans Reitzels Forlag, chap. 15, pp. 307-329.

14) Lindekilde, L., Gill, P., Bouhana, N., Schuurman, B. & Malthaner, S. ´Lone-Actor Terrorism: Radicalisation, Attack Planning and Execution´, in The Routledge Handbook on Terrorism and Counterterrorism. Silke, A. (ed.). 1 edition. London: Routledge, chap. 10.

13) Malthaner, S. Lindekilde, L. (2017). ‘Analyzing Pathways of Lone-Actor Radicalization: A Relational Approach’, in M. Stohl, R. Burchill, & S. Englund (eds.) Consturctions of Terrorism. Los Angeles: University of California Press, Chap. 12. 

12) Lindekilde, L. 2015. ‘Radicalization, De-radicalization and Counter-radicalization’, in R. Jackson (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies, Routledge, pp. 248-261.

11) Kühle, L. Lindekilde, L. 2014. ‘Religious Revival and Social Movements’, in D. della Porta & Mario Diani (eds.) Oxford handbook of Social Movements. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Online August 2014. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199678402.013.15

10) Lindekilde, L. ’Discourse and Frame Analysis: In-depth Analysis of Qualitative Data in Social Movement Studies’, in D. della Porta (ed.) Methodological Practices in Social Movement Research. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 195-228.

9) Lindekilde, L. 2014. ‘Refocusing Danish Counter-radicalisation Efforts: Zooming in on the (Problematic) Logic and Practice of Individual De-radicalisation Interventions’, in C. Heath-Kelly, L. Jarvis & C. Baker-Beall (eds.)Counter-Radicalisation? Critically Rethinking Community-based Counter-Terrorism Agendas in Europe, Australia and the United States. Routledge, pp. 223-242. 

8) Lindekilde, L. 2014. ‘A Typology of Backfire Mechanisms: How Soft and Hard Forms of State Repression can have Perverse Effects in the Field of Counterterrorism’, in L. Bosi, C. Demetriou, & S. Malthaner(eds.) Dynamics of Political Violence: A Process-Oriented Perspective on Radicalization and the Escalation of Political Conflict.Ashgate Publishing Limited, pp. 51-71.

7) Lindekilde, L. & E. Cochran Bech. 2013. ’Denmark’, in Anna Triandafyllidou & Ruby Gropas (eds.) European Migration: a Sourcebook, (2nd ed.), Ashgate Publishing Limited, pp. 84-107.

6) Lindekilde, L. 2013. ‘Claims-making’ and ‘Muslim Activism in Europe’. Entries to the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, Snow, D.A., D. della Porta, B. Klandermans, D. McAdam (eds.). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 201-204 + 801-804.

5) Lindekilde, L. 2013. ‘How Politically Integrated are Danish Muslims? Evidence from the Muhammad CartoonsControversy’, in J. S. Nielsen (ed.) Muslim Political Participation in Europe. Edinburg: Edinburg University Press, pp. 140-163.

4) Lindekilde, L., M. Brænder & G. Sommer Harrits. 2012. ’Dybdegående analyse af kvalitativt materiale’ in L. Bøgh Andersen, K. Møller Hansen, & R. Klemmensen (eds.) Metoder i Statskundskab (2nd ed.), Hans Reitzels Forlag, pp. 211-235.

3) Lindekilde, L. & G. Fahmi, 2012. ‘De-radicalization Coalition Building: Lessons from the Past and Future Challenges’, in L. Lindekilde & G. Fahmi (eds.) De-radicalization Coalition Building: Lessons from the Past and Future Challenges. Cairo: Al-ahram Center for Advanced Studies, pp. 7-21. 

2) Lindekilde, L. 2009. ’Dømt til at fejle? Når officielle de-radikaliseringstiltag fører til radikalisering’ i Danmark og de fremmede. Om mødet med den arabisk-muslimske verden, in T. B. Knudsen, J. D. Pedersen & G. Sørensen (eds.). Gyldendal Academica, pp. 121-145.

1) Lindekilde, L. 2009. ’En fælles og tryg forebyggelse af radikalisering?’, i Perspektiver på politik, in J. Blom-Hansen & J. Elklit (eds.). Gyldendal Academica, pp. 73-79.



2) Lindekilde, L. 2008. ‘Claims-making of Danish Muslims during the Muhammad Caricatures Controversy: A Challenge to the Principles of the Secular Public Sphere?’ in the EUI Working Paper Series.

1) Lindekilde, L. 2008. ‘Transnational Activism among Danish Muslims during the Muhammad Caricatures Controversy: A negative and Reversed Boomerang Effect” in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Mediterranean Programme Series.



8) Pearce, J., Lindekilde, L. & Parker, D. 2017. Lone Actor Extremist Communication Measures Review, Research report in the project ’Preventing, Interdicting and Mitigating Extremism: Defending against Lone Actor Extremism’ (PRIME). See http://www.fp7-prime.eu/deliverables

7) Lindekilde, L., Malthaner, S. & O’Connor, F. 2017. Lone Actor Radicalization Subscript, Research report in the project ’Preventing, Interdicting and Mitigating Extremism: Defending against Lone Actor Extremism’ (PRIME). See http://www.fp7-prime.eu/deliverables

6) Lindekilde, L. & M. Sedgwick. 2012. Impact of Counter-Terrorism on Communities: Denmark Background Report. Research report conducted for the Strategic Dilogue Institute and the Open Justice Society Foundation. See http://www.strategicdialogue.org/Country_report_Denmark_AD_FW.pdf

5) Lindekilde, L. 2012. ‘Negotiating Limits of Tolerance in Public Debates in Denmark: The Case of Political Meetings arranged by ‘Radical’ Muslim Actors’. Research report in the project Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion: Responding to the Challenges of the 21st Century in Europe’ (ACCEPT Pluralism). See http://cadmus.eui.eu/bitstream/handle/1814/22316/ACCEPT_PLURALISM_2012_06_Finalcountryreport_Denmark.pdf?sequence=1

4) Lindekilde, L. & L. Kühle. 2009. ‘Radicalization among Young Muslims in Aarhus’. Research report conducted for the Centre for the study of Islamism and radicalization Processes, Aarhus University (154 pages). See http://cir.au.dk/fileadmin/site_files/filer_statskundskab/subsites/cir/radicalization_aarhus_FINAL.pdf

3) Lindekilde, L. 2009. Contested Caricatures: The Dynamics of Muslim Claims-making during the Muhammad Caricatures Controversy, Department of Social and Political Science, European University Institute, Firenze. PhD.-dissertation (323 pages). 

2) Lindekilde, L. 2009. ‘Political Participation, Organization and Representation of Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Denmark. Recent Development and Future Challenges’, research report in the project A European Approach to Multicultural Citizenship. Legal, Political and Educational Challenges(EMILIE). 

1) Lindekilde, L., P. Mouritsen, & S. Lex. 2007. ‘Public and Political Debates on Multicultural Crises in Denmark’, researched report in the projectA European Approach to Multicultural Citizenship. Legal, Political and Educational Challenges(EMILIE).