Ilda Cuko

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Ilda graduated from the University of Toronto in 2017, with a BA (Hons) in Criminology and History. During her undergraduate studies, Ilda worked as a political staffer supporting a Member of Ontario’s Provincial Parliament. Prior to commencing her MSc in Criminology in Practice at the University of Leicester, Ilda worked in the office of Ontario’s Attorney General, where she was responsible for providing research support to the AG’s senior policy advisors. In 2018, Ilda was awarded an MSc (Distinction) in Criminology in Practice. Her dissertation explored the availability and impact of equality and diversity, and hate crime training, for police officers and staff in England.

For her PhD research, Ilda was awarded the University of Leicester’s International Postgraduate Research (PGR) Excellence Scholarship. She currently works as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Hate Studies.

PhD Research

Supervised by Dr Chris Allen and Dr Bernhard Forchtner (School of Media, Communication and Sociology), Ilda’s research explores the rise of the alt-right movement within the UK, and the ways in which its rhetoric is resonating with a diverse audience. In particular, she will be examining what the narrative of the alt-right is, how it is being disseminated, and how it differs from traditional far-right groups. In exploring the alt-right within the UK, this research will be contributing to existing scholarships which thus far only examine the alt-right within a predominantly American context. Additionally, in offering a better understanding of the ways in which alt-right groups operate within the UK, this research has the potential to better inform current policies and practice in combatting the growing threat of far-right groups.

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