What causes some people to become radicalised and others to become victims of (cyber)crimes? And what can be done to prevent it? To try to answer these questions, the European Commission has awarded a Horizon 2020 grant of € 3 million to the pan-European PROPHETS project, of which around   

€ 200,000 is provided to the Centre of Excellence in Public Safety Management (CESAM) at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

“This grant gives us the opportunity to better understand the complex mechanisms underlying the development of radicalisation in its various forms,” says Dr Saskia Bayerl, co-director of CESAM. “This allows organisations, from police to state to local actors, to better prepare, prevent and identify threats of cybercriminal behaviours, as well as support and protect vulnerable people and our societies.”

The three-year Preventing Radicalisation Online through the Proliferation of Harmonised ToolkitS (PROPHETS) project is a collaboration of 16 academic, justice and police partners in 10 EU-countries. It researches how individuals become radicalised, and explores what kind of organisation, technology and tools may help to reduce cybercrime activities. The main goal is to prevent serious crimes, by building resilience in people and society.


The Centre of Excellence in Public Safety Management (CESAM) aims to promote and foster the professional development and management of public safety organisations, on an international level. It targets a clear and direct impact of academic research on public and private sector organisations in the field of public safety.

About Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme with almost € 80 billion of funding available over seven years, from 2014 to 2020. In addition to the private investments that this money will attract, it aims to trigger more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking innovative ideas from the lab to the market.

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