20 grudnia, 2022

UNOCT Behavioural Insights Academy – Development Workshop in Morroco

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Diana Nowek among world experts developing Behavioural Insights Academy

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) International Hub on Behavioural Insights to Counter Terrorism (BI Hub) organized a workshop with experts in diverse disciplines comprising the field of behavioural insights to develop a curriculum for building practitioners’ capacity at the intersection of behavioural insights and PCVE.

The workshop provided an opportunity to agree on a set of principles to form the basis of the curriculum for the Behavioural Insights for Counter-Terrorism (BI4CT) Academy programme, a flagship initiative of the UNOCT Programme Office to be launched in Doha in 2023.

Thematic sessions were conducted by specialists in violent extremism, security, social psychology, behavioural economics and mental health, as well as representatives of civil society organizations, academia and international organizations.

Participants discussed capacity-building in the field of BI4CT including terminology, definitions, frameworks and pedagogical approaches. The workshop also outlined resilience-building methodologies and contributed towards a cohesive approach for practitioners in counter-terrorism and PCVE.

The Head of the BI Hub, Dr Aynabat Atayeva, noted that the BI Academy will support continuous learning and knowledge exchange on the practical application of behavioural sciences in counter-terrorism and PCVE. Integral to the Academy will be the development of several courses on core behavioural science disciplines and master classes for a variety of target audiences. It will also include a mentoring program for three specific beneficiary groups: CSOs, policymakers and programme practitioners within the UN system. The Behavioural Insights Academy will benefit from partnerships with key universities and research institutions.

Throughout the workshop, participants shared their expertise on behavioural insights theories and methods, building on the UN Secretary General’s 2021 Guidance Note on Behavioural Science.

The event took place at UNOCT Programme Office for Counter-Terrorism and Training in Africa, located in Rabat, Morocco.


Diana Nowek

I am a behavioral profiler and a researcher investigating nonverbal communication. For many years, I have been running a training and consulting firm called the Institute of Nonverbal Communication, under which I carry out research using biosensor technologies.

Observing and examining human behaviors is a passion of mine. I dedicate a lot of time to the notion of perceived physical appearance and expression of emotions using facial appearance with due account of cultural differences. I am secretly hoping that you will find this subject fascinating, too!

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