Lynn Davies is Emeritus Professor of International Education at the University of Birmingham, UK and Co-Director of ConnectFutures. She has worked extensively in the area of education and conflict and for the past 15 years specifically in education, extremism and security.
Major books in the field have been Education and Conflict: Complexity and Chaos (2004), Educating against Extremism (2008) and Unsafe Gods: Security, Secularism and Schooling (2014). Research has included interviewing former extremists (far right and Islamist) about their backgrounds, evaluating the Home Office funded Way Out project: Supporting Muslims in Prisons, and research for the West Midlands Counter Terror Unit, exploring local trust and confidence in counter terror policing.
She has conducted international reviews on education and extremism, for example
the research study Review of Educational Initiatives in Counter-Extremism Internationally: What works (University of Gothenburg, 2018) which looked at 21 different types of initiatives in 23 countries, and Education and Radicalisation Prevention: Different Ways Governments can support schools and teachers in P/CVE (Radicalisation Awareness Network, Amsterdam, 2019) which explored the policies on counter extremism in 27 EU member states.
She has acted as a senior consultant for a number of international agencies in the area of counter extremism, including UNESCO, UNICEF, OECD, GIZ and Club de Madrid as well as the EU RAN Radicalisation Awareness Network.
In 2014 she was given the Sir Brian Urquhart award for service to the UN and its goals by a UK citizen and in 2021 she acted as an expert witness in the Inquiry into the Manchester Arena bombing.