Author Archives: Suraj Lakhani

Suraj Lakhani Extremis Bio Picture
Suraj Lakhani is a PhD candidate at the Universities’ Police Science Institute (UPSI) at Cardiff University. His PhD thesis is entitled ‘Radicalisation as a Moral Career’ and focuses on the conversion of young British Muslims in the UK towards extremism (both violent and otherwise). It is envisaged that the thesis will be completed in the early months of 2013. The research is empirically informed and takes a multi-disciplinary approach (i.e. sociology, criminology, and social psychology) to understanding the phenomenon. The thesis has employed Erving Goffman’s theory of ‘moral career’ as its overarching framework and has been implemented in a way which makes it useful to understanding wider examples of extremism and deviance. Whilst conducting his PhD, Suraj has been employed by UPSI as a contracted Researcher and participated in a wide range of projects. One of the most notable was commissioned by the Association of Chief Police Officers which empirically assessed the effects of Prevent Strategy policing. The research informed the reviewed Prevent Strategy released by the UK’s coalition government in 2011. The report can be found at ( Prior to undertaking his PhD, Suraj worked as a Researcher for the National Security & Resilience Department at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies; a prominent think-tank based in Whitehall, London.

The Boston Bombings: Was religion the motivating factor?

On 15 April 2013, two pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and ball bearings were used to claim the lives of three people and injured hundreds more near the finishing line of the Boston Marathon. US law enforcement officers have already killed one of the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and have charged his younger brother, Dzhokhar. […]

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Preventing Violent Extremism: Perceptions of Policy from Grassroots and Communities

In 2003 the UK’s then Labour government began to organise a number of consultations and working groups in a bid to understand what role a ‘softer’ approach could play within its counter-terrorism strategy. In addition to pursuing known terrorists or preparing for a potential attack, the government felt that more emphasis should be given to […]

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