Dr Emman El-Badawy is head of research in the Co-Existence team at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. She writes and researches on the Middle East, extremism, and global terrorism networks and ideologies, as well as identity 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 was a consultant on counter-extremism and, prior to that, a senior analyst at the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics. She 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.