OppAttune - Countering Oppositional Political Extremism through Attuned Dialogue: Track, Attune, Limit

The Institute for Urban and Regional Research is part of the Horizon Europe research project “OppAttune – Countering Oppositional Political Extremism Through Attuned Dialogue: Track, Attune, Limit”, funded by the European Commission (3 years, 04/2023-04/2026).

OppAttune brings together an ambitious multi-disciplinary team of academics and practitioners to examine the evolution of political extremism and its influence on social and political dialogue with the aim to track, attune and limit the spread of oppositional extreme narratives.

The three objectives of the project are defined as follows:

  1. To track the evolution of extreme political narratives within media, local ecologies and living democracies and establish the psychological, sociological and anthropological drivers of extremism.
  2. To attune capacity for public dialogue by modelling how the evolution of extreme political narratives impact social and political dialogue.
  3. To limit the rise of extreme political narratives and their potential to become violent political transformations disrupting democratic processes such as democratic elections.

The team at the ISR is responsible for work package 4 “Media, Machines and Mobilisation” together with the team from Malmö University. The objective of this work package is to identify and understand contemporary extremist narratives and to map their spread across the digiial mainstream and into local ecologies.