Islamophobia in Australia 2014 – 2016: the report is out

I am proud to be one of the authors of the report “Islamophobia in Australia 2014 – 2016”. Specifically, I have contributed to the analysis of the data collected by the Islamophobia Register Australia together with Dr Derya Iner and Iman Zayed. The report can be found here.

The report describes and categorizes 243 verified cases of Islamophobic incidents collected between 2014 and 2015 in Australia. Among the key findings, the report highlights that: women have been the main victims of Islamophobia in Australia, and one-in-three female victims had their children with them at the time of the reported incident. Perpetrators were more likely to be male. Almost half (48%) of the Islamophobic attacks occurred in crowded public spaces (like train stations and shopping centers) in front of a large numbers of bystanders. However, nobody intervened in 75% of the reported incidents.

The launch of the report had large media coverage, including articles published by SBS, ABC, SMH, The Conversation among others. Please see here for a definition of the term “Islamophobia”.

High-quality evaluations need to be built into CVE programs

I just published a new opinion piece on The Interpreter about the need for rigorous impact evaluation of CVE programs in Australia. Based on public health best practices, I propose a list of evaluation components to lift the quality of the impact assessment of CVE programs. We need impact evaluations to ensure that government investment in such programs is not better spent elsewhere. Otherwise, costly programs with weak impact evaluations risk to waste public funds. Please read the piece here.