Research councils today confirmed they have put on hold their involvement in a government-backed project that aimed to identify the growth of Islamist groups around the world.
The decision by the Economics and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council followed accusations by academics that they would be putting the lives of British researchers at risk in Muslim countries.
In a joint statement this afternoon, the two councils said “a section of our academic community” had raised concerns about the research, which they “have to take seriously”.
A spokeswoman said: “We are consulting further with the community, that has already been consulted with, to make sure that their concerns have been heard.
“We hope that the study can be relaunched with a more open call.”
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has funded the Â£1.3m project, called Combating terrorism by countering radicalisation. Academics were told to focus on countries that had been identified by MI5….