Méryl Demuynck is a Research Fellow for the Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) Programme at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism. Her work focuses on the prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism in Mali, both inside and outside the prison context. She is also involved in a research project exploring the trafficking of small arms and light weapons as a source of financing for terrorist organisations.
Prior to joining ICCT, Méryl contributed to various research projects in the area of international peace and security. In addition to a Master thesis on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, she conducted research for the Council of Europe Counter-Terrorism Division on the radicalisation of women and children in terrorist organisations. Combining desk-based and fieldwork research, she also carried out a prospective study on the impact of nomadic peoples on the security environment in the ECOWAS region for the French armed forces positioned in Dakar, Senegal.
She holds a multidisciplinary BA in Political Science, History, Economics and Law as well as a MA in European and International Relations - Internal and External Security of the European Union - from the Institute of Political Science of Strasbourg. She also completed a specialisation degree on Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa at the Institute of Political Science of Lyon.