Academic Qualifications

2011 – 2016: PhD: “Giving them a voice: narratives of political violence in Portugal” Institute of Social Applied Studies, University of Birmingham, UK; Supervisors: Dr Nicolas Hébert-Lemay and Dr Harriet Clarke
2009 – 2010: Master in Psychology of Justice (result: 19/20), University of Minho, Portugal • Dissertation “The armed political struggle in Portugal: the perspective of its actors”.
2006 – 2007: Erasmus Exchange, University of Geneva
2005 – 2008: Degree in Psychology (result: 16/20), University of Minho, Portugal

Biographical Information

Raquel da Silva is a British Academy Research Fellow at the International Development Department. She writes on terrorism and political violence, with a particular focus on the experiences of former militants and foreign fighters. She also focuses on critical approaches to terrorism, with a specific interest in narratives, life stories and the dialogical self. Her research interests are:  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; dialogical self theory.

 

Key Publications

Da Silva, R. (2018) Narratives of political violence: life stories of former militants. London: Routledge.

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.

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.

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. doi: 10.1080/1057610X.2018.1452709

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.

Pinilla-Roncancio, M. and Da Silva, R. (2017), Children in Angola: Poverty, deprivation and child labour, Child Indicators Research, doi:10.1007/s12187-017-9471-x

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

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

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.

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: 193-213.