We are conducting a research project regarding the performative effect of Terrorist Trials, in which we look at the effects of the Lockerbie trial, the Guantanamo Bay trials, the Mumbai terrorist trials and several other trials that had a large societal impact. In our research we use the concept of ‘coping mechanisms’, as defined by Folkman and Lazarus as ‘the cognitive and behavioral efforts made to master, tolerate, or reduce external and internal demands and conflicts’. Concerning the Breivik case, we will research the effect of the Breivik-trial on the coping mechanisms in Norwegian society.

You can find more information on the Terrorists on Trial series here.

Our research group consists of

  • Prof. dr. Beatrice de Graaf, Professor of Conflict and Security in Historical Perspective at Leiden University – Campus The Hague and associate fellow at the International Center for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) in The Hague
  • Liesbeth van der Heide, researcher at the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Leiden University – Campus The Hague
  • Daan Weggemans, researcher at the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism, Leiden University – Campus The Hague

In cooperation with clinical psychologist and associate professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Ms. Elke Geraerts, who has extensive experience in the analysis of coping mechanisms and feelings of stress, and Sabine Wanmaker, researcher and PhD student at Erasmus University Rotterdam.