Amarnath Amarasingam

Amarnath Amarasingam, PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow at ISD. He is the author of Pain, Pride, and Politics: Social Movement Activism and the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Canada (2015).

He is the editor of Sri Lanka: The Struggle for Peace in the Aftermath of War (2016), The Stewart/Colbert Effect: Essays on the Real Impacts of Fake News (2011) and Religion and the New Atheism: A Critical Appraisal (2010). He is also the author of several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, has presented papers at over 100 national and international conferences, and has written for Politico, The Atlantic, Vice News, Foreign Affairs, Al-Jazeera English, and War on the Rocks.

Amarasingam is an experienced field researcher, having conducted hundreds of interviews for his PhD dissertation on social movement activism, organisational dynamics, and youth identity in the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora. He also conducted over 50 interviews with former fighters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers) throughout the former war zones of Sri Lanka in 2012 and 2013.

At the Turkey-Syria border, Amarasingam spoke with dozens of injured fighters, refugees, as well as former and current activists of the Syrian revolution. He has also conducted field research in Somalia, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, and amongst different ethnic and religious groups in North America and Europe.

As co-director of a study of Western foreign fighters in Syria, he has conducted dozens of interviews with jihadists in Syria and Iraq, supporters of jihadist movements online, as well as family members and friends of individuals who have joined the fight abroad.

Jonathan Birdwell

Jonathan Birdwell

Jonathan is Deputy Director and Head of Policy & Research at ISD, overseeing ISD’s policy work and networks including the Policy Planners’ Network and the Strong Cities Network, as well as overseeing ISD’s work on education policy and programming. On the research side, Jonathan oversees ISD’s research and primary datasets, programme monitoring and evaluation, and edits all of ISD’s written ...

Chloe Colliver

Chloe Colliver

Chloe leads the Digital Research Unit at ISD, working across the development and delivery of ISD’s digital research and digital policy work. Chloe manages ISD’s projects analysing malign influence campaigns online, which incorporates all of ISD’s work on disinformation and extremist campaigns targeting elections. Based on this research, Chloe advises governments and technology companies on responses to online harms from ...

Jacob Davey

Jacob Davey

Jacob Davey is a Project Manager at ISD working across ISD’s online counter-narrative work. Jacob develops strategies for identifying extremists online and the dissemination of counter-narrative material and has specialist knowledge on far-right extremism and the role of cultural heritage in Islamic State propaganda. Jacob is currently working on ISD’s One to One programme which aims to initiate de-radicalisation processes ...