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Emman El-Badawy

Head of Research, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change


Dr Emman El-Badawy is the head of research in the Co-Existence team at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. She oversees the design and delivery of research projects and shapes the Institute’s research agenda on extremism.

Emman is also a fellow of the British Academy and of the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Her current three-year research, funded by the British Academy and in collaboration with King’s College London’s Professor John Bew, is a comparative study of violent and nonviolent Islamist propaganda.

A social scientist, Emman specialises in Islamist extremism. She writes and researches on Islamist ideology and global terrorism networks as well as the socio-economic politics of the Middle East, identity, education and globalisation. She has co-authored major policy reports including Inside the Jihadi Mind and Milestones to Militancy.

Before her role at the Institute, Emman lectured on political Islam and was a consultant on counter-extremism and religious violence. She reviewed programmes and counter-extremism interventions for multinational agencies and provided internal training for various governments on extremism, narratives and ideologies. Prior to that, she was a senior analyst at the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics, part of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

Emman has been a BBC expert voice on Islamism and extremism since 2014 and provides commentary for various media outlets on conflicts in the Middle East, security and terrorism. She contributes regularly to, and her research has been featured on, Sky News, BBC News, Channel 4, ITV News and Al Jazeera.

Emman holds a PhD in Arab and Islamic studies from the University of Exeter. Her thesis explored the attitudes of Egyptian students educated in international schools towards the West and other states, and their value orientations compared with those of Egyptian students educated in national schools. It was a critical study into the power that education interventions have in shaping and reshaping identity and nationalist sentiment.