Reem Ahmed has been a doctoral student at the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law (AMBSL) at the University of Hamburg since November 2017, and her dissertation is funded by a scholarship awarded by the AMBSL. Reem Ahmed joined the IFSH as an intern in September 2014 and worked as a researcher within the framework of the EU FP-7 VOX-Pol Network of Excellence until December 2018. Since January 2019, she represents the IFSH as Project Coordinator in the project VOX-Pol. Reem Ahmed completed her Masters in International Security at the University of Groningen, Netherlands in 2015, before which she studied Politics at the University of Leeds, UK and spent one year at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Between her periods of study, she interned at Transparency International in Berlin and volunteered for two international charities in London.
In her interdisciplinary dissertation project, Reem Ahmed examines state responses to online extremism. Specifically, she deals with the epistemological foundations of the concept of “online radicalisation” in the United Kingdom and Germany, what impact the respective discourses have had on legislation in these two countries, and the particular issues that arise in accordance to domestic, regional, and international Human Rights law. Her project is supervised by Prof. Dr. Hans-Heinrich Trute (Faculty of Law) and PD Dr. Martin Kahl (IFSH). As a researcher working within the framework of the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence, Reem Ahmed’s research has mainly focussed on how extremist groups such as the far right and violent jihadis utilise the internet, the effects of the internet on radicalisation, as well as the various counter-measures that have been employed.