Jade Hutchinson

Cotutelle Doctoral Candidate, Macquarie University

Jade Hutchinson is a Cotutelle Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University (Australia) and Research Centre for Media and Journalism Studies at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). Jade’s research is focused on countering violent extremism emerging from digital ecosystems, examining the relationship between online extremism, ideological and conspiratorial belief, social media platforms, and issues pertaining to the harm caused by digital technologies and extremist narratives.

Jade has co-led funded research projects investigating Australian and Canadian far-right online (violent) extremism in the context of an ‘online extremist ecosystem’, sociotechnological trends in extreme subcultural communities. Jade’s approach relies on sociotechnical expertise and empirically validated ecological frameworks, combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies to gather data and devise practices to counter undemocratic and personally unsustainable beliefs or behaviours emerging from digital ecosystems.

Jade has held research-based as well as adjunct positions within the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University (The Netherlands), the Centre for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo (Norway), the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore), and continues to hold fellowship positions in the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering’s Emerging Leaders Network and their Digital Futures Network, and in the Accelerationism Research Consortium (United States).

Jade has maintained and continues to develop international memberships and partnerships between academic organisations and private companies – in Australia, Canada, United States, and Europe – with the aim to produce plausible, multi-stakeholder solutions to issues related to digital technologies and violent extremism.