Research by Professor Per-Olof Wikström has been cited in two Government initiatives – the anti-terrorism strategy CONTEST and the Prevent strategy, aimed at preventing violent extremism.

What turns people into violent extremists, and how can the process be prevented? Research by Professor Per-Olof Wikström has been cited in two Government initiatives – the anti-terrorism strategy CONTEST and the Prevent strategy, aimed at preventing violent extremism.

Professor Wikström's report on Al Qa'ida-influenced radicalisation is one of three Rapid Evidence Assessments commissioned by the Office for Security Counter-Terrorism to improve understanding of research in this field. The study has been expanded to encompass cults and terrorists, and has been influential in the Home Office.

Professor Wikström developed the Situational Action Study, which predicts criminal behaviour by looking at the interaction between a person's crime propensity and the exposure to specific environments.