Katja Theodorakis is a PhD researcher at the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict at UNSW ADFA, her research is concerned with radicalization and jihadi ideology – in particular its strategic use in propaganda. Katja has previously lived in the Middle East, where she was engaged in educational projects and NGO work in Syria. She is also works as Program Manager for Foreign/Security Policy and Counter-Terrorism at the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation’s Regional Programme Australia and the Pacific in Canberra. Her portfolio includes topics such as wider strategic relations in the Asia-Pacific, cybersecurity, European defence/security matters and the field of terrorism/extremism.
She publishes and presents at seminars and conferences on the topics of national security/counter-terrorism, jihadism and Middle East politics, and has appeared on national TV and radio for commentary. Katja has also been involved in teaching courses on Middle East politics and Islam, the West and International Terrorism at the Australian National University.
She holds a First-Class Honours degree in International Development from the Australian National University, was recipient of an Australian Government Research Training PhD Scholarship, and has also been awarded the 2016 ANU Media and Outreach Award as Emerging Media Talent.