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Raquel Beleza da Silva is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow (MSCA-IF) at the Center for International Studies at ISCTE-IUL. Her research explores processes of engagement in and disengagement from violent organisations through the narrative study of the life stories of former militants and their families. She is also interested on the intersection between non-violent and violent activism and on the impact of Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) interventions in the life of individuals, groups, and communities. Raquel values creative public engagement and the translation of research into practice and policy. She tweets at @RaquelBPSilva



·         PhD, University of Birmingham, 2016

·         MA, Psychology of Justice (Research Master), University of Minho, 2010

·         BA Psychology, University of Minho, 2008


  Research Interests

·         Terrorism and political violence

·         Political psychology of radicalisation and deradicalisation

·         Critical terrorism Studies

·         Narratives, counter-narratives and life story analysis

·         Collective memory / politics of memory

·         Families of prisoners

·         Dialogical self theory

·         Creative methods


Current Projects

·         R. da Silva (PI) ‘Ultras in Portugal: Narratives of violence, politics and gender’, H2020 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie - Individual Fellowship, 2020-2022.

·         R. da Silva (PI) and J. Busher ‘Life stories of former Channel mentees: Understanding the effects of deradicalisation mentoring programmes’, British Academy/Leverhulm Small Grants, 2019-2021.





da Silva, R. (2019) Narratives of political violence: life stories of former militants. London: Routledge.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

da Silva, R., Lemay-Hébert, N., & Bamber, M. (forthcoming). Statebuilding Beyond the West: Exploring Islamic State’s Strategic Narrative of Governance and Statebuilding. International Studies Quarterly. 

da Silva, R., Fontana, G., & Armstrong, M. (forthcoming). “It's about keeping children safe, not spying”: A governmentality approach to Prevent in primary education. British Journal of Politics and International Relations

da Silva, R., Barbosa Mariana, Ventura, J., & Carvalho, C. (forthcoming). How has extreme right violence been criminalised in contemporary Portugal? Critical Studies on Terrorism

Evans, C., & da Silva, R. (forthcoming). #ShamimaBegum: A feminist analysis of social media narratives relating to female terrorist actors. Politics.

da Silva, R., & Martini, A. (forthcoming). How has 9/11 changed the field of Critical Terrorism Studies? Main debates and theoretical advancements. Locus: Revista de História.

Fitzpatrick, E., & da Silva, R. (forthcoming). Notes from the field: conducting postgraduate research in a post-conflict environment. Field Methods

da Silva, R., & Ferreira, A. (2020). From the armed struggle against the dictatorship to the socialist revolution: the restraints to radical left violence in Portugal. Perspectives on Terrorism14(6), 139-151. 

da Silva, R., Rosa, C. and König, J. (2020) “I’m not the same, but I’m not sorry”: Exploring dialogical positioning in the self-transformation of a former politically violent militant. Journal of Constructivist Psychology. 33:3, 248-262.

Silva, J. R., da Silva, R., Fernández-Navarro, P., Gonçalves, M. M. and Rosa, C. (2020) Understanding extreme violent behaviour in ultra firms: Exploring identity fusion from a dialogical perspective. Journal of Constructivist Psychology. 33:3, 263-278.

Marchi, R. and da Silva, R. (2019) Political violence from the extreme right in contemporary Portugal. Perspectives on Terrorism. 13:6, 27-42. 

da Silva, R., Fernández-Narravo, P., Gonçalves, M. M., Rosa, C. and Silva, J. (2019) Tracking narrative change in the context of extremism and terrorism: Adapting the Innovative Moments Coding System. Aggression and Violent Behavior. doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2019.05.002.

da Silva, R. and Ferreira, A. (2019) The post-dictatorship memory politics in Portugal that erased political violent activism from the collective memory. Integrative Psychological and Behavioural Science. 53:1, 24-43.

da Silva, R., Fernández-Navarro, P., Gonçalves, M. M., Rosa, C. and Silva, J. (2018) Disengagement from political violence and deradicalisation: A narrative-dialogical perspective. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 43:6, 431-454.

Pinilla-Roncancio, M. and da Silva, R. (2018) Children in Angola: Poverty, deprivation and child labour. Child Indicators Research. 11, 901-1005.

da Silva, R. (2017) Narrative resources and political violence: the life stories of former clandestine militants in Portugal. Contemporary Social Sciences. 12:1-2, 40-51.

da Silva, R. and Crilley, R. (2017) ‘Talk about terror in our back gardens’: An analysis of online comments about British foreign fighters in Syria. Critical Studies on Terrorism. 10:1, 162-186.

da Silva, R. and Machado, C. (2012) O envolvimento na luta armada política em Portugal: a perspectiva dos seus actors. [The involvement in the political armed struggle in Portugal: the perspective of its actors].  Análise Psicológica, 1:3, 193-213.


Book Chapters

da Silva, R. (forthcoming). he Rise and Demise of Violent Social Movements in Portugal after the Carnation Revolution. In Melo, D. & Manuel, P. (eds.), After the Carnation Revolution: Social Movements in Portugal since 25 April 1974. East Sussex: Sussex Academic Press.

da Silva, R. (forthcoming). Interventions with 'at risk' individuals. In Malkki, L., Marsden, S., & Busher, J. (eds.), The Routledge Handbook on Radicalisation and Countering Radicalisation. London: Routledge.

da Silva, R., Barbosa Mariana, Ventura, J., & Carvalho, C. (2020). O papel do psicólogo no âmbito do combate ao recrutamento e radicalização de jovens extremistas. In Barroso, R. & Dias Neto, D. (eds.), A Prática Profissional da Psicologia na Justiça. Lisboa: Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses, pp. 451-461.

da Silva, R., Fontana, G. and Armstrong, M. (2020). The Prevent Duty in primary schools: Policy enactment in the West Midlands. In Jerome, L. and Busher, J. (eds.), The Prevent Duty in Education: Enactment, Impact and Implications. London: Palgrave Pivot, pp. 99-115.

Graef, J. and da Silva (2019) Statebuilding and Narrative. In Lemay-Hébert, N. (ed.), Handbook of Intervention and Statebuilding. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, pp. 231-239.

Da Silva, R. (2018) Narrative resources and political violence: the life stories of former clandestine militants in Portugal. In Nolas, S. M., Varvantakis, C. and Aruldoss, V. (eds.). Political Activism across the Life Course. London: Routledge, pp. 40-51.

Spalek, B., MacDonald, L., Limbada, Z., Silke, D. and da Silva, R. (2015) Counter-terrorism as conflict transformation. In Jarvis, L. and Lister M. (eds.) Critical perspectives on counter-terrorism. London: Routledge, pp. 77-90.


Special Issues, Policy Reports & Policy Briefs

da Silva, R., & Martini, A. (forthcoming). Critical Approaches to extreme right terrorism and counterterrorism. Critical Studies on Terrorism

da Silva (2019) Returning British fighters: reintegration through family support. Online at:

Graef, J., da Silva, R. and Lemay-Hébert, N. (2018) Narrative, political violence and social change. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. doi: 10.1080/1057610X.2018.1452701.

Spalek, B., MacDonald, L., Limbada, Z., Silke, D. and da Silva, R. (2012) Impacts of counter-terrorism in communities: methodology report. Open Society Foundations and Institute for Strategic Dialogue.


Book Reviews

da Silva, R. (2019) Extrema-direita em Portugal: Uma história contemporânea. Relações Internacionais, 64, 141-144.

da Silva, R. (2018) Memory politics, statebuilding and social movement identity. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 12:3, 435-441.

Spalek, B., MacDonald, Silke, D. and da Silva, R. (2012) Crime, (In)Security and Islam. Oxford Bibliographies in Criminology. New York: Oxford University Press.

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