The BRaVE project comes at a time of great global uncertainty when European societies are at risk of becoming increasingly polarised. Vulnerable social groups - including ethnic minorities, migrants and a growing number of people disenfranchised by perceived and real inequality - may be seduced by the powerful sense of belonging and purpose offered by joining extremist groups or movements.

The project surveys relevant policies, programmes and research projects on the national, European and international level aiming at counteracting polarisation and violent extremism. Using this review of current approaches, it designs and builds a set of Polarisation Indicators, which will be discussed and refined through stakeholder workshops. It particularly focuses on the role of three sets of factors in providing fertile ground for extremism and polarisation to grow, or conversely in helping to build resilient and cohesive communities: historical and cultural factors; real and perceived socio-economic inequalities; and media discourses, particularly social media communication ‘bubbles’.

The BRaVE Platform acts as a tool for collecting and sharing existing policies, projects, and research. It organises available evidence and encourage exchange and networking among established projects responding to extremism.

Check out the BRaVE Interactive Map - the BRaVE project records counter-extremism projects, policies and institutions active between 2014 and 2019, as well as relevant studies published since 2000!

Select a country on the map to discover relevant projects, studies, policies and institutions which aim to tackle violent extremism and polarization!


BRaVE is an EU-funded project (01/2019 – 12/2021) that aims to systematise existing knowledge and assess the impact of policies and practices in preventing extreme ideologies and polarisation in European societies. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 822189.