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Research Areas

Hate studies are still an emerging interdisciplinary field and research is still limited. The CHBE seeks to remedy this through scholarly contributions, research projects, and engagement with both national and international experts in the field. Through these connections, the centre will become a hub for the creation and dissemination of knowledge on hate, bias and extremism for government, academics, research networks and law enforcement. 

Hate

When we think of hate, we understand it as a dislike or disfavour. However, the study of hate encompasses a variety of responses to others based on identities. This hate revolves around prejudices, bias, bigotry, or the concept of -isms. The CHBE explores the deeply embedded exercises of social, cultural, and political power that are reflected in psychic and physical violence against the other.  

 

 

Extremism

While often associated with the term terrorism, extremism refers to political ideologies that separate themselves from mainstream society. Extremist actions are often based on commitments to deeply held beliefs. Extremism can be the antecedent to terrorism, seeing as many individuals who hold radical beliefs can use them to justify violent actions. The work of the CHBE will move beyond the academic and policy focus on Islamist inspired extremism, expanding to include attention to other extremist movements including right-wing extremism, environmental extremism and extremism opposing globalization.

Bias

Researchers at the Centre study bias in many forms, such as the biased influence of the media, or how bias can impact policing. Bias can also result in stigmatized views, such as the stereotypes that affix criminal behaviour to Indigenous populations, and doubts about individuals who were wrongly convicted of crimes.

Diversity and inclusion

We usually think about diversity in terms of identities categories by ethnicity, Indigenous status, religion, gender, gender identity and gender expression, sexuality, and ability. Inclusion is the act of acknowledging and valuing this diversity with the overall goal being to enhance the quality of life for everyone. The CHBE works to identify and counter inclusion barriers.