Dr Schneider is a Research Fellow for ICCT's Preventing/ Countering Violent Extremism Pillar. Her research focuses on children in violent extremist and terrorist organisations and families. Lynn is the Principal Investigator of the BAMF-funded PERSIST project (January 2023 - December 2026), which focuses on the long-term development of child returnees. As a post-doctoral researcher in Terrorism and Political Violence at Leiden University’s Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, she was the coordinator and one of the lead researchers of the PREPARE project. In this role, she carried out extensive research on the development of children in Islamist and right-wing extremist family environments. Lynn holds a PhD from the University of Oxford; her thesis examined the implementation of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act’s Prevent Duty in educational institutions. 

In her role as consultant for the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), Lynn has designed and carried out research on education sector corruption across the world. Lynn has also worked as language instructor for refugee and asylum. seekers in Germany, and as an educator in orphanages and foster-care settings in Germany and in the West Bank. 


Cook, J., & Schneider, L. (2024). The life of children in families affiliated with terrorism: an ecological systems theory approach. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 1–29. https://doi.org/10.1080/17539153.2024.2322563

Schneider, L (2019): ‘Dynamics of Securitization: An Analysis of Universities’ Engagement with the Prevent Legislation’, in The Routledge International Handbook of Universities, Security and Intelligence Studies, ed. Liam Francis Gearon (Routledge: London and New York), pp. 312–25

Schneider, L (2018): Access and Aspirations: Syrian Refugees’ Experiences of Entering Higher Education in Germany. Research in Comparative and International Education, 13(3), pp 457-478.