Galen Lamphere-Englund

Senior P/CVE & Conflict Advisor // Various Clients
Co-Founder & Convener // Extremism & Gaming Research Network

About Me

Violent Extremism and Strategic Communications Consultant. P/CVE Researcher. Conflict and Foresight Data Geek. Humanitarian.

With 14 years of experience in international security, I am a senior advisor and consultant at the nexus of violent extremism, conflict, and tech issues. I research, design, and implement policies and programs to foster resilience against societal divides and prevent online exploitation by extremist, terrorist, and disinformation actors. I specialize in global research, training, and strategic communications, having worked in over 30 countries for United Nations agencies, governments, think tanks, humanitarian and development NGOs, and many of the largest tech platforms. I also co-founded and convene the Extremism and Gaming Research Network (EGRN), a global initiative that brings together more than 120 experts and practitioners from the UN, academia, civil society, and the private sector.

I advise a range of clients to provide policy and workshop facilitation, human rights-based risk mitigation and safeguarding strategy, and research-based advisory services. With 200+ analytical products and trainings delivered, I collaborate with organizations ranging from the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism to Discord, Hedayah, Love Frankie, IRI, and the EU Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN). I am an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and regularly contribute to both Christchurch Call and Global Internet Forum for Counter-Terrorism working groups.

My mission is to build a more inclusive, safe, and joyful world both online and IRL. I regularly brief governments, the UN Security Council, and private-sector companies on how to prevent the exploitation of online spaces and ICT by extremist and terrorist actors.

Previously, I have led investigations and strategic communications to prevent violent extremism and terrorism (P/CVE), as well as to support humanitarian response and human rights in countries across Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the Balkans, East Africa, and across Europe, and the US.

I have long-term management experience building teams of up to 40 people where we co-create collaborative, open environments where people are not afraid to experiment audaciously. Alongside my teams, I have produced over 200 analytical products for, among others: Meta/Facebook, Google.org, Discord, YouTube, USAID, GIZ, the British Council, DFAT/DHA, UNDP, UNOHCHR, and other UN agencies.

I hold an MA in Public Policy from Central European University, an MA in Development & Public Policy from the Institute Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, and BA in Global Studies from Arizona State University. Along the way, I have worked, lived, and or whistled through over 80 countries.

Research & Strategy Design
Violent Extremism & Conflict Analysis
Tech, Gaming, and Digital Rights Issues
Training and Workshop Facilitation
Risk Management

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Background

the Refugee Affairs Division of DHS (USCIS), ONE Campaign, UNESCO, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), REACH/IMPACT Initiatives, M&C Saatchi World Services, and many others.

I hold an MA in Public Policy from Central European University, an MA in Development & Public Policy from the Institute Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, and BA in Global Studies from Arizona State University. Along the way, I have worked, lived, and whistled in over 90 countries.

Selected Publications

A selection of public-facing work I have authored or edited recently.

The Online Gaming Ecosystem: Assessing Socialisation, Digital Harms, and Extremism Mitigation Efforts. Lamphere-Englund, Galen and Jessica White. (2023).
Pathways of Resilience to Violent Extremism in Indonesian Higher Education: A Mixed Method Study Using the Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE) Approach. Lamphere-Englund, G, Hamonangan, A, and Putri, F.
2022 National Survey Report: Violent Extremism, Democracy, and Religious Attitudes in Indonesia. Halida, Rizka, Hanan, Djayadi, Prasetyo, Hendro, Lamphere-Englund, Galen, & Hamonangan Amores. Jakarta, Indonesia. May 2023.
The Pentagon Leak: Childish Stunt or Dangerous Trend?. Lamphere-Englund, Galen, and White, Jessica. (2023).
Good Practices, Tools, and Safety Measures for [Extremism] Researchers. (2022).
The Buffalo Attack and the Gamification of Violence (Commentary). (2022).
State of Play on Gaming & Extremism - reviews the current research on the subject and sets out a research agenda for the Extremism and Gaming Research Network (2021).
Why we went to fight and why we returned: Radicalization and Deradicalisation – Learning from foreign terrorist fighters. Afsal Asraf and Indira Aslanova (2021).
Next Generation Vietnam is part of a global research series by the British Council to give voice to young people living in countries that have undergone significant social, economic, or political change (2020).
2019 Global Education Monitoring Report: Estimating the number of forcibly displaced school-age children not accessing education (2018/2019).
Drivers of conflict and community tensions in post-war Iraq (Ninewa), G. Lamphere-Englund, (2023).
Understanding Strategic Communications for P/CVE: Audience Segmentation and Message Testing Approaches. Galen Lamphere-Englund and Martijn Vugteveen, Feb 2023.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Terrorism and Extremism Narratives, Hedayah, 2022. Specific reports include: The Balkans (2021 / 2022), East Africa (2021 / 2022), Southeast Asia (2021 / 2022), and West Africa (2021 / 2022).
Understanding the Game: Bridging Research Gaps at the Nexus of Gaming & Extremism (GNET Insight). (2022).
Lessons on Intrafaith and Interfaith Dialogue Efforts in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand (2021-22). Report only available on request.
Indonesian Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong: A study into the challenges and opportunities for building resilience to online threats. (2020).
North Macedonia - Enhancing the Understanding of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF): Challenges for Rehabilitation, Resocialization, and Reintegration of Returnees in the Republic of North Macedonia (2020).
Travelers to Syria: A Criminological and Security Analysis with Special Focus on Returnees from Syrian Battlefronts (2020).

Media and United Nations Appearances

How extremists and terrorists exploit games, George Osborn, Interview with Galen Lamphere-Englund, Video Games Industry Memo, 10 Jan 2024. (Link)

Special Meeting of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee, Thematic Briefing on Countering the use of new and emerging technologies for terrorist purposes (New Delhi, India), Testimony by Galen Englund, UNCTC, 29 Oct 2022 (Video Link)

Open meeting of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee on “Countering terrorist narratives and preventing the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes,” Testimony by Galen Englund, UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, 24 Mar 2022 (Video)

Gaming & Extremism: Threats and Opportunities (Podcast), “The Tech Against Terrorism Podcast,” Interview with Dr. Jessica White and Galen Lamphere-Englund, Tech Against Terrorism, 22 Jun 2023. (Link)

How do we harness the power of video games for good? (Podcast), “Undesign: A Social Change Podcast,” Interview with Galen Englund and Kosta Lucas, DrawHistory, 22 June 2022. (Link)

Education

Where I learned a few things along the way.

Central European Unviersity

MA in Public Policy
Honors // Erasmus Mundus Scholar

Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals

MA in Development & Public Policy
Honors // Erasmus Mundus Scholar

Arizona State University

BA in Global Studies
Summa Cum Laude Honors // Flinn Foundation & Presidential Scholar