As Associate Director, William is responsible for helping guide the strategic direction of CARR (including CARR Research Projects), editing on Senior and Practitioner and Policy Fellow blog posts, maintaining CARR’s FRGB dataset, co-supervising interns and helping with the day-to-day management of the Centre.
Dr William Allchorn is a specialist on anti-Islamic protest movements and radical right social movements in the UK and Western Europe. His PhD thesis mapped political, policing and local authority responses to the English Defence League in five UK locations. William finished his first academic monograph with Routledge in late 2018 – looking at policy responses to the EDL and Britain First over the past decade. His previous published work has looked at the dynamics of activism within anti-Islam movements and counter-extremism responses towards such groups. William has taught undergraduate courses and given lectures on the radical right in Western Europe; both at the social movement and party political level. Previous consultancy has included delivering counter narrative engagement sessions in the North East of England and putting together a ‘Countering Radical Right Narratives’ educational pack. As of April 2018, William Allchorn is the Associate Director of CARR.
Specialist research areas:
UK Radical Right, Anti-Islam Protest Movements, Cumulative Extremism, Policy Responses, Radical Right Social Movements, Islamophobia, and the Political, Social and Criminal Consequences of Radical Right Extremism.
Available for Consultancy in the following areas:
Counter-Narrative Educational Initiatives, Policy Formation / Reports; Government Consultancy; Consultancy on Regional and Local Level Responses to Radical Right Extremism.
Allchorn, W. (January 2021) ‘Moving Beyond Islamist Extremism: Counter-Narrative Responses to the Radical Right.’ In: Atamurdova, F. & Zeiger, S., Researching the Evolution of Countering Violent Extremism, Hedayah CVE.
Allchorn, W. (August 2020) ‘Book Review: Kurt Braddock, Weaponized Words: The Strategic Role of Persuasion in Violent Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization.’ Perspectives on Terrorism 14(4): 215-216
Allchorn, W. (January 2020) ‘Cumulative Extremism and the Online Space: Reciprocal Radicalisation Effects Between the Extreme Right and Radical Islamists in the UK.’ In: Littler, M. & Lee, B. (eds.) Digital Extremisms: Readings in Violence, Radicalisation and Extremism in the Online Space. Palgrave MacMillan.
Allchorn, W. (September 2019) ‘Political Responses to Anti-Islamic Protest: Responses, Rationales and Role Evaluations’ British Politics.
Allchorn, W. (November 2018) ‘Anti-Islamic Protest in the UK: Policy Responses to Far Right’ Routledge Extremism and Democracy Series.
Allchorn, W. (October 2018) ‘Beyond Islamophobia? The role of Englishness and English national identity within English Defence League discourse and politics.’ National Identities.