About Us

History

Division for Applied Social Psychology Research

2007 – 2009

Exploring Issues of Terrorism and Deradicalization

Before it was established on 2 May 2017, members of the Research Team had joined in research exploring the motive of terror acts perpetrated by groups acting on behalf of Islam since 2007. This is due to the direction of the late Professor Sarlito W. Sarwono as the initiator of the psychology of terrorism in Indonesia who is also our teacher.

2009

Cooperation Experience with Pusat Studi Al-Quran (PSQ)

In 2009 our research team cooperated with Pusat Studi Al-Quran (PSQ) which at that time was led by Professor Quraish Shihab. A deradicalization pilot program was performed on terrorism and ex-combatant convicts who fought in a number of areas inside and outside of Indonesia

2011-2015

Experience with Ex-convicts of Terrorism and Combatant

After working with terrorism convicts, our team was also involved in the intervention of terrorism ex-convicts and in facilitating their da'wah according to their ability and interest through peaceful means.

2015-2017

Reeducation of Terrorism Convicts and Their Wives

In 2015, our research team was in contact with convicts and their family (wives and children). A number of workshops were organized in several prisons in Java and Sulawesi Island using psychological approach and entrepreneurship training. The wives were also invited to become agents campaigning for a peaceful Islam.

2017

DASPR: Evaluation Program for Deradicalization and Reeducation Activity Inside and Outside of Prison.

Since the first year of its establishment, DASPR had done reeducation of terrorism convicts and their families both inside and outside of prison. In addition, we also collaborate with Ditjen Lapas, PPIM UIN, and UNDP to assess a number of de-radicalization activity in prison.

2018

DASPR Joined IM Center

On 8th November 2018, DASPR officially became a part of IM Center for Dialogue and Peace.

VISION

  • To be a group of scholars who cares with humanitarian issues and social problems
  • To be a key role in providing data for mapping social issues such as social conflict and intergroup relations.
  • To be a reference in the use of non-violent approach or humanistic approach.

MISSION

  • To educate and develop scientific research activities that are sensitive to social and humanitarian issues.
  • To create research activities and scientific development that care with community development and empowerment
  • To involve in the civil organization communities that active in discussing ways to understand as well as to reduce intergroup violence.

Purpose

  • To understand the basic reasons how social problems occurred.
  • To find ways to solve problems with peaceful approaches.
  • Able to provide recommendations how to develop social policy that can prevent social conflict, radicalism and discriminations.

Function

  • Become a place for research activities that concern to social problems and humanitarian issues.
  • Become a key role that actively involves to solve conflict and violence in Indonesia or its surrounded regions
  • To facilitate scholars and stucents who want to have first-hand experience in conducting research related to conflict resolution, violent extremism, and humanitarian issues
  • To facilitate visiting fellows (students, researchers, postdoctoral, or social scholar) who want to conduct research related to societal and humanitarian issues in Indonesia

Research

DASPR conducted research focused on the following subjects:

  1. Radicalism and counter violent extremism
  2. The roles of women in counter violent extremism
  3. Rehumanization project
  4. Social stigma
  5. Politic, news media, and identity discourse
  6. Prejudice and metaprejudice

Program

Division for Applied Social Psychology Research

EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF PRISON

This program targets terrorism convicts and their families. It includes a number of areas namely re-education, psychological counseling, both for individuals as well as for groups, as well as the debriefing of entrepreneurial skills. The participants are voluntarily invited, while the activities were presented in an informal dialogue. In addition, we also try increasing the participants' empathy so they are better able to interact with people from a different background. Furthermore, the entrepreneurship training provided skills to support their finances, which is especially useful once they are free. The program outside of the prison, on the other hand, is focused on visiting the families of terrorism convicts. During the visitation, the wives are given psychological counseling.

FOSTERING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF DERADICALIZATION PROGRAMS IN THE PRISON (ASSESSMENT PROGRAM IN PRISON)

A program aimed at accessing or weighing activities related to CVE (Counter Violent Extremism) that had been done by government and private agencies in prison.

GIRL AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE (2017-2018, COLLABORATION WITH AMAN AND GNWP)

Girls Ambassador for Peace (GA4P) Program is a program that resulted from the collaboration between Global Network Women for Peace (GNWP), AMAN Indonesia and also DASPR. The program was implemented in two cities in Indonesia namely Lamongan and Poso. The aim of this program is to form ambassadors of peace in both cities whose members are young girls who want to contribute in spreading peace in their cities.