A student receives an award for her work on the prevention of radicalism
Jimena Moreno has received the Cristina Rechea Award for the Best End of Degree Project for criminology students
Jimena Moreno Rubio, student of the Dual Degree in Psychology and Criminology at the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Comillas CIHS) has won the Cristina Rechea Award for the Best End of Degree Project for criminology students in the 2022-23 academic year, awarded by the University of Castilla-La Mancha for her work “Counter-narrative as a strategy to reduce the risk of Islamist radicalisation among Spanish youngsters”.
For Jimena Moreno, this award is, above all, a great joy: "Ever since I was a child, I have loved studying and researching, and that is why I enjoyed this project so much". It is also a recognition of her work, a push to embark on her doctorate and start her career in the academic world.
Jimena graduated in 2022 and won the extraordinary award for the 2020-2021 academic year. Her End of Degree Project was directed by Andrea Gimenez-Salinas Framis, lecturer at Comillas CIHS, and aims to address the reasons why some individuals become radicalised and how to avoid it. “The research revolves around the concept of counter-narrative: in the face of arguments and convincing terrorist propaganda means you have to refute their ‘stories’ suggesting other alternatives based on positive values,” she mentions. “The project analyses the key factors for counter-narratives to work in it. I propose my own strategy as an interactive adventure so that the youngsters can ‘play’. My tutor suggested me to develop my own intervention proposal, and I think it gives real meaning to the project,” she concludes.