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David Yuzva Clement

Associate Fellow, Preventing / Countering Violent Extremism


David Yuzva Clement is a Visiting Fellow for the Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Programme at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) in July and August 2023. In this role, David conducts research for an EU-funded RAN Policy Support paper on exposure to online extremist content among children and prevention, education and safeguarding measures.

In addition, he works as Adjunct Research Professor of Social Work at Carleton University. His research focuses on preventing and countering violent extremism; children, youth, and families in violent extremism; and community organizing, civic education and democracy. Dr. Yuzva Clement’s recent scholarly interests include the role of mental health and social services in countering violent extremism; disengagement in the context of violent misogynist movements; and the broader study of social and racial equity.

Dr. Yuzva Clement is involved in a number of interdisciplinary research projects and curriculum development initiatives. For example, the Akkon University, Faculty of Social Work, approached him to develop a curriculum on preventing and countering violent extremism which was successfully implemented in 2022. He is currently conducting a digital ethnography on a violent misogynist forum to study pathways of disengagement and exit in this virtual milieu. He also advises the Canadian government on preventing and countering violent extremism in local, national and international contexts.

Prior to receiving his PhD, he worked for over ten years in various community development and social work capacities in Germany, Kenya, and Palestine. David Yuzva Clement is a graduate of the University of Erfurt where he completed his MA and PhD in Religious Studies. He received his undergraduate degree in social work from the Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany.


Evans, J., Steinberg, S., Yuzva Clement, D., & Carron, D. (2023). Settler Colonialism, Illiberal Memory, and German-Canadian Hate Networks in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries. Central European History, 1-22. doi:10.1017/S0008938923000432 

Jade Hutchinson and David Yuzva Clement (2023). Right-wing Extremist Threat Landscape in Canada: Avenues for Coalescence and Transnationalisation, in Rohan Gunaratna and Katalin Pethő-Kiss (eds.), A Research Agenda for Far-Right Violence and Extremism, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. (Forthcoming)

Jennifer Evans, Swen Steinberg and David Yuzva Clement (2023). Transatlantic Hate: People, Pathways, and Networks Between Germany and Canada in the 20th and 21st Century. Central European History. (In-press)

David Yuzva Clement, Janine Kiefer, Ghayda Hassan and Michael King (2022). Countering Radicalization to Violence in Canada: A Multi-Sector Perspective, in Rauf Ceylan and Michael Kiefer (eds.), Der islamische Fundamentalismus im 21. Jahrhundert (pp. 325-345). Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

David Yuzva Clement (2022). Post-Migrant Dynamics of Islam: Muslim Youth and Salafism in Germany, in Saeed Zarrabi-Zadeh, Thomas K. Gugler and Armina Omerika, Dynamics of Islam in the modern world (pp. 141-174). Leiden and Boston: Brill.

David Yuzva Clement, Jens Ostwaldt und Maike Nadar (2022). Religiös begründete Radikalisierung und religiös-rigoristische Kindeserziehung als Herausforderungen für die Kinder- und Jugendhilfe. Jugendhilfe 60(6), 502-508.

David Yuzva Clement, Ariane Wolf und Dennis Walkenhorst (2021). Zwischen Online-Lebenswelt und extremistischer Gewalt: „Incels“ als Herausforderung für Pädagogik und Soziale Arbeit, in Thomas Damberger, Ines Schell-Kiehl and Johannes Wahl, Pädagogik, Soziale Arbeit und Digitalität (pp. 77-91). Weinheim: Beltz JUVENTA. ISBN: 9783779957652

David Yuzva Clement (2020). Offene Kinder- und Jugendarbeit im Kontext des Salafismus. Soziale Arbeit und Radikalisierungsprävention. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Barbara Schermaier-Stöckl, Maike Nadar und David Yuzva Clement (2018). Die nächste Generation? Religiös-rigoristische Erziehung im salafistischen Kontext als Herausforderung für die erzieherische Kinder- und Jugendhilfe. FORUM Jugendhilfe (3), 44-53.