Tackling Radicalisation in Dispersed Societies (TaRDiS)

Funder: European Commission

Partners: London Borough of Sutton & Police Academy of the Netherlands

Working in partnership with the London Borough of Sutton and the Police Academy of the Netherlands, UPSI conducted a programme of research, funded by the European Commission, to explore how the risks of radicalisation can be reduced.


The particular focus of TaRDiS was upon communities where there are no defined population centres or clusters, reflecting how across Europe most activity aimed at preventing violent extremism has tended to be targeted towards particularly 'vulnerable' urban areas.

The research developed new community intelligence methods to enable European authorities to better detect a variety of risks and threats posed by different forms of extremism. In so doing, building upon and extending UPSI's established research programme on counter-terrorism policing.

Work on the TaRDIS project led to the development of ‘SENTINEL’, a bespoke suite of software tools which can collect social media data from a variety of sources.

Learn more about the SENTINEL platform by downloading the briefing paper below.