The Center for Research on Extremism, C-REX, is a cross-disciplinary center for the study of right-wing extremism, hate crime and political violence. It is a joint collaboration with five of the leading Norwegian institutions on extremism research. Internationally, the center will collaborate with three strong institutional partners.
The Center will have three main objectives:
To develop empirical and theoretical knowledge on right-wing extremism, hate crime and political violence in Norway and the Nordic region in particular, and in Europe more generally.
To contribute to the international scholarly research on extremism in general and right-wing extremism in particular
To disseminate research-based knowledge to stakeholders, policy makers, the public, civil society organization, schools, and media
Right-wing extremism has been a neglected topic of research in Norway for the past decade. This means that we lack empirical, up-to-date, research-based knowledge about contemporary right-wing extreme activists and groups. Research on hate crime is almost non-existent. Needless to say, this is unfortunate given the existing threat from right-wing extremism towards minorities, refugees, political opponents and the principles of liberal democracy. C-REX will address some of the most important empirical and theoretical gaps concerning the causes and consequences of contemporary right-wing extremism.
C-REX is funded by the Research Council of Norway for a period of five years, with a possible extension for aanother five years.