Since February 2021, Lea Brost works as a researcher at the IFSH as part of the project “Configurations of social and political practices in dealing with radical Islam” (KURI). The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Prior to that, she did an internship at the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) in New York. Lea Brost studied International History and Politics at the University of Leeds and the Università degli Studi di Siena and did the MA Intelligence and International Security at King’s College London.
For her current work within the context of the KURI project Lea Brost focuses on a long-term study of the events in the field of “radical Islam”, as well as an analysis of trends in this field. For this, she not only looks at Islamist-motivated attempted attacks or attacks but also at other Islamist activities and public appearances. She is particularly interested in radicalisation, extremism and counterterrorism. In the past, she has studied German counterterrorism measures from the 1970s to the present. She also examined the different approaches of countering right-wing terrorism and Islamist terrorism in Germany.