Cristina Ariza is a research analyst at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Her work examines the spread of radical right ideologies with the aim of developing policy responses to tackle extremism. She has led on research examining the narratives of non-violent radical groups in the UK and how they relate to violent extremists. She has experience in engaging with policymakers and government departments.
Before joining the Institute, Cristina worked as a freelance researcher in projects about radicalisation and counter-radicalisation in Spain and several UK think tanks. Cristina holds a master’s degree in war studies (South Asia and global security) from King’s College London, where she focused on radicalisation and counter-radicalisation. She holds an undergraduate degree in international relations and translation and interpreting from University Pontificia Comillas in Spain.
Specialist research areas:
Radical right (violent and non-violent) in the UK and Spain, populism, terrorism, hate crime, counter-extremism and policy, patterns of radicalisation
Available for consultation in the following areas:
Policy formation / reports; government consultancy; third sector / charity engagement; live / pre-recorded media interviews (including print, online, radio and television); and editorials
Selected publications and podcast appearances:
“Narratives of Hate – With Cristina Ariza”, The Progressive Britain Podcast, 10 September 2019, https://play.acast.com/s/progressivebritain/5b0de109-c3ef-4f13-89c3-bfb994911d8f
“The Texas shooting is not a hate crime, it’s terrorism”, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, August 2019, https://institute.global/insight/co-existence/texas-shooting-not-hate-crime-its-terrorism
“Spanish far-right party Vox, in 74 Money, Money”, The Progressive Britain Podcast, March 2019, https://soundcloud.com/progressonline
“Assessment of how the media overstates the threat posed by the erroneously called ‘lone-wolves’”, Divergent Options, 16 April 2018, https://divergentoptions.org/2018/04/16/assessment-of-the-how-the-media-overstates-the-threat-posed-by-the-erroneously-called-lone-wolves/