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Staff members with discipline International Relations

Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

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• Managing relations with alumni (donors and volunteers)
• Coordinating alumni networks and organising events abroad, including travel
• Coordinating the yearly international alumni ambassador programme, in which international students are prepared to become ambassadors of the university in their home countries
• Part of the website development team to improve the usability and relevance
• Approaching specific target groups creatively via newsletters, social media, press, brochures, website, etc.
• Translating website and marketing texts from Dutch to English
E.K. (Elisa) Ahovuori-Motta, MA
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Jr. Project Manager International Alumni Relations & Fundraising
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International political theory, biopolitical theory, critical perspectives on development and environmental politics
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Assistant Professor
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International Relations
Political Sciences
Higher Education
dr. A. (Arjan) van den Assem
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Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies
Turkey, Turkish foreign policy, discourse analysis, EU-Turkey relations, the Kurdish issue
drs. E. (Erdogan) Aykaç
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Researcher / Lecturer International Relations
The Caspian Sea,  Azerbaijan, Energy Geopolitics, and Security & Cooperation in Eurasia.
A.G. (Agha) Bayramov, MA
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PhD Student/Lecturer International Relations
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Political philosophy; international political theory; critical development studies; critical environmental studies; political ecology.
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PhD student
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Dr. Cristina Blanco Sío-López is Assistant Professor in European Culture and Politics at the University of Groningen.

She is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the research project Navigating Schengen. Historical Challenges and Potentialities of the EU Free Movement of Persons, 1985-2015 (NAVSCHEN), which has been awarded with a EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Senior Global Fellowship (MSCA - IF - 2019 - GF).

In March 2019 she was also Law, Justice and Society ’ Invited Lecturer at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. She received the 2018-2019 Council for European Studies (CES) IMSISS Senior Visiting Scholar Fellowship Award at the University of Glasgow. In 2017-2018 she was Santander Senior Fellow in Iberian and European Studies at the European Studies Centre (ESC) – St. Antony’s College of the University of Oxford, where she remains a Senior Member.

She gave the 2018 Santander Senior Fellow Lecture on ‘The Historical Building of the EU's Free Movement of Persons’ at the University of Oxford and organised the 2018 European Studies Centre Santander Conference on ‘Belonging and Displacement’ at the ESC – St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

She is also Full Member of the Global Young Academy (GYA), after the five years Award of the German National Academy of Sciences ‘Leopoldina’. She was 2018 Joint Research Centre (JRC) – EU Science Hub Lecturer on ‘Qualitative Approaches to Human Mobility and European Integration’ at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, 2017 Research Scholar in Residence at the European Studies Center – Jean Monnet EU Center of Excellence (JMEUCE) of the University of Pittsburgh and 2017 Invited Expert at Shanghai University - 上海大学.

She previously worked as Principal Investigator (PI), Lecturer and Established Researcher in European Studies at the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe – University of Luxembourg. She also worked at the Robert Schuman for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) in Florence, at the DG Enlargement of the European Commission and at the European Parliament in Brussels and at the US Congress in Washington, D. C.

Dr. Blanco Sío-López was also Invited Expert in European Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE (2013 and 2016); the Yale Law School (2016); All Souls College, University of Oxford (2016 and 2019) and at the Faculty of Law and the Sydney Sussex and Darwin Colleges (POLIS) of the University of Cambridge (2014, 2016 and 2017). She was also Section Chair for the European International Studies Association (EISA), Salzburg Global Seminar Lecturer and EUI Global Governance Programme Network Member.

She obtained her PhD in History and Civilization — specialising in European Integration History — at the European University Institute of Florence (EUI) , for which she received the 2008 FAEY European Research Best PhD Thesis Award.

She coordinated and participated in numerous international research projects, conferences and peer-reviewed publications in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Her research and publications focus on European Integration History —with an accent on enlargement policy temporalities and the Schengen area fundamental rights — Global Governance, Comparative Regional Integration and Digital Humanities.
dr. C. (Cristina) Blanco Sío-López
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Assistant Professor in European Culture and Politics
drs. A. (Arjen) Boekhold
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Lecturer Social Entrepreneurship & Transitions
International economics; Globalization; International trade, Economics of agglomeration, International transfers, Exchange rates, International macroeconomics
see web page:
http://www.eco.rug.nl/medewerk/brakman/

Global and regional governance, international finance, non-state actors, science and technology
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Political geographies of infrastructure; South-South relations; role of rising powers in global governance; peace operations.
E.M. (Eric) Cezne, MSc
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History of International Political Thought, History of International Relations, Medieval Canon and Roman Law, Politics of History, Historical Narratives in Contemporary Populism, Early Exploration, Religion in International Relations.
dr. J. (Julia) Costa López
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Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe; European Union enlargement; European Neighbourhood Policy and Eastern Partnership
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Assistant Professor
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African studies, international relations and development studies, cultural heritage, non-western history, history of European expansion, history of Dutch foreign policy (colonial policy)
dr. M.R. (Michel) Doortmont
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Reader in International Relations and African Studies
Humanitarian aid and International politics, Crisis-management policies, Inter-organizational relations, Private actors in foreign aid, Political violence, Reconfigurations of foreign aid, Mixed methods research design
C.M. (Clara) Egger, PhD
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Sociology of Human Rights, Social Policy, Policy Analysis and Policy Implementation, Social Constructivism, Migration Governance, UNHCR, IOM, Social Resilience-Building, Administrative Justice, Targeted Social and Humanitarian Assistance, Migration and Refugee Law
V.L.B. (Veronika) Flegar, LLM
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Researcher / PhD Candidate
Latin American Studies, History of Knowledge Production, Cultural History, Colonial Studies
C.E. (Carlos Esteban) Flores Terán
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PhD student
Security, defence, interventions, NATO, cyber
ir. K. (Karsten) Friis, MSc
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PhD student
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International Financial Markets, International Political Economy, Comparative Politics, International Economics, European Political Economy, EU Macroeconomic Governance
dr. G.W. (Greg) Fuller
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F. (Frank) Gaenssmantel, PhD
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Assistant Professor
International sanctions, EU Foreign Policy, Illicit Trade
F. (Francesco) Giumelli
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Deputy Head of Department, Assistant Professor in International Relations and International Organization
Critical Security Studies, Resilience, Peace Processes
B.A. (Barbara) Gruber
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PhD student
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social, political and normative theory of the international / international relations theory / critical approaches to security / citizenship / historical international relations / everyday / resistance  / postcolonial studies
dr. X. (Xavier) Guillaume
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European co-operation and integration; Dutch foreign policy
dr. A.G. Harryvan
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Lecturer
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History and Theory of European co-operation and integration; Dutch foreign policy; China-EU relations
prof. dr. J. (Jan) van der Harst
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Professor of European Integration; Head of Department IRIO (since January 2012)
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Social and political theories of international relations, critical theory and international relations, world society studies, security studies, politics of global order
dr. B.A. (Benjamin) Herborth
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Assistant Professor
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Humanitarian Action, Globalisation and Humanitarianism, International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law, Minority Rights Law; European Higher Education Area
prof. dr. J. (Joost) Herman
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Professor in Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action
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Study councellor Humanitarian Actions, liaison officer Humanitarian Organisations, Expertise on Eastern European and Russian Higher education area
drs. E.M. (Elena) Herman-Pletiougina
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NOHA Master programme manager, coordinator Groningen Home students
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- Public international law
- International and European human rights law
- Socio-economic human rights law
- Access to modern energy services / energy poverty
- Disaster management / international disaster law
- Environment/climate change (litigation)
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Extra-territorial/transnational human rights law
- New/critical approaches to IL / feminist approaches
M.M.E. (Marlies) Hesselman, LLM
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Ph.D. Candidate / Lecturer International Law
Political economy of European integration, Enlargement of the European Union and transition processes in Central and Eastern Europe.
prof. dr. H.W. (Herman) Hoen
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Professor of International Political Economy
International Relations, International Organisations, African Union, African Peace and Security Architecture
dr. J. (John) Hogan
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# Governance beyond the state and new political geographies # non-traditional security and policing, esp. business/resources/infrastructure security # Global South in world politics, South-South relations, esp. peace/security/development interventions and Subsahara Africa # contentious politics and resistance # international political sociology, postcolonial, ethnographic approaches to IR #

Jana Hönke's research is concerned with how 'local' and transnational security practices are co-produced and contested, and to what effect. How does that challenge, and help to rethink, International Relations? Her current work examines how authority and political geographies transform by studying the contested security arrangements related to multinational companies and transport infrastructures in contexts of fragility. Another project revolves around the global making of policing. She has also done research on counterterrorism, state building and development interventions. Theoretically she is interested in how knowledge and everyday practices travel and shape how security is governed, for whom and to what effect, across borders. While doing multi-sited fieldwork, much of her work is linked to Sub-Saharan Africa with research conducted in South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Tanzania and Guinea.
dr. J. (Jana) Hönke
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Associate Professor + Rosalind Franklin Fellow in International Relations
Communism; ideology in international relations; GDR; Germany; Denmark
dr. C.H. (Carel) Horstmeier
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Lecturer
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Education: History of International Relations; European Cooperation & Integration; Policy & Governance; International Negotiations; European Integration & Disintegration; Academic Skills; International Politics; European Politics & Society; Theory of International Relations; International Organization; and International & European Law.
Research: European Neighbourhood; International Transport; Human Security and Urban Resilience.
Support: mentorship, alumni relations and fundraising, international project management, university governance.
M.C. (Tim) Huiskes, MA
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University Council President
International Relations Theory, International Political Theory, Normative IR Theory, Critical Theory, Arctic Security, Arctic International Relations and Governance.
dr. C. (Christoph) Humrich
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Assistant Professor
Peace and peacebuilding, democracy, power-sharing democracy, group identities and group rights
S. (Sanne) Hupkes
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PhD Candidate
ethics and world politics (global political economy); global justice; ethics and climate change; theory of international relations; political realism
dr. ir. M.R. (Menno) Kamminga
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Senior Lecturer
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international economics, international trade, trade policy, trade agreements, World Trade Organization, gravity model.
N. (Naim) Laeni
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PhD student
International and Comparative Political Economy; Foreign Direct Investments; International Trade; Statistics; Inequality
L.A. (Lukas) Linsi, PhD
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Assistant Professor of International Political Economy
- The Politics of Global Connectivities - Geopolitics and Connectivity - Maps and Power - Epistemologies of order, power and governance - the Politics of Uncertainty - Insurance and liberal governance
prof. dr. L.E. (Luis) Lobo-Guerrero
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Professor of History and Theory of International Relations
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I.A. (Amaranta) Luna Arteaga, MA
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Student Recruitment & Internationalisation Officer
Energy Security, Energy Transition, Critical Geopolitics, Sustainability, Global Energy Governance, International Conflict Management.
Y. (Yaroslava) Marusyk, MA
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PhD Candidate
European security, transatlantic relations, NATO, Dutch foreign and defence policy, European cooperation and discussions on European identity
dr. C.M. (Ine) Megens
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Senior Lecturer Contemporary History
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As a historian I am specialised in (post)colonial Dutch-Indonesian relations. As International Relations assistent professor my main subject is Asia and especially East Asia/China. 
dr. J.F. (Hans) Meijer
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Assistant professor / senior researcher
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- The European geopolitics of soil - Political ecology - Political philosophy
M.J. Meijer
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PhD student
Political Economy, IMF Programmes, Labour Markets, Politics of Collective Mobilisations
dr. S. (Saliha) Metinsoy
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Help and support to improve the English language skills.
The International Classroom project.
Internationalization. Exchange programmes. Marketing.
dr. G.E. (Liesbeth) Muda
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English Teacher / Coach
European Integration, EU foreign policy, EU-Russia relations, Central and Eastern European countries
dr. M. (Marek) Neuman
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Assistant Professor
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My research is positioned within the emerging field of Critical European Studies. I am interested in questions of Europeanization, citizenship, and (dis)integration and focus on South-East and East-Central Europe.
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Tom research interests are in the areas of: extractive industries (natural resources based conflicts) , conflict and peace building, state and private security relations, international relations and diplomatic studies, and  human security.
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PhD student
Technology and International Security; Security Governance; New Materialist Approaches; Satellite Observation; North Korea
P.M. (Philipp) Olbrich, MA
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PhD Student
ASEAN Economic Integration, Politics of Trade Policy, Public Sector, ASEAN Studies. 
M.P. (Prayoga) Permana, MA
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PhD student
Lars Rensmann is Professor of European Politics and Society at the University of Groningen. He serves as the Chair of the Department of European Languages and Cultures and as Director of the Research Center for the Study of Democratic Cultures and Politics. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of International Political Theory (JIPT) and Antisemitism Studies. Before joining RUG, he served as Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at John Cabot University in Rome. He is also Permanent Fellow at the Moses Mendelssohn Center, University of Potsdam, and Visiting Professor at JCU in Rome. Prior to his return to Europe, he was the DAAD Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prof. Rensmann holds a BA in Political Science from Luther College, Iowa, and an MA and PhD in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin. Other previous academic appointments and visiting professorships include Yale University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Haifa.  Fields of Research: European political cultures, political parties, democracies and their crises and conflicts; European radical right and populist parties; international political, democratic and critical theories and their contemporary relevance (especially Hannah Arendt and the Frankfurt School); antisemitism, racism and (counter-)cosmopolitanism in Europe; European-Jewish political and cultural experiences and German-Israeli relations; human rights and politico-cultural legacies of the Holocaust and genocide; social media and digital populism
prof. dr. L.P. (Lars) Rensmann
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Professor of European Politics and Society
International Relations - international political economy - social aspects of trade policy - Caribbean - regionalization - legitimacy - institutional development - political change
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Associate Professor. Previously: Assistant Professor, Programme Director graduate studies of the Master International Relations, Secretary Board IRIO, Member Board IRIO, Chair Programme Committee
International relations and international organization
M. (Melle) Scholten, MA
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Lecturer
E.R. (Ella) Sebamalai, MA
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Project leader International Classroom
Critical Security Studies, International Relations Theories, Political Philosophy
dr. M.A. (Mustafa Ali) Sezal
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Theories of International Relations, Visual Studies, Political Geography/Critical Geopolitics, Theories of Discourse, East Asian Studies
dr. D.U. (David) Shim
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Assistant Professor
Early Modern South Asia; Early Modern Global History; History of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) in India and Asia; Indian Ocean Port Cities and Trading Communities; Social History of Knowledge; SondToll Registers Online
dr. A. (Anjana) Singh
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Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer)
Contemporary South and Southeast Asian history; history of North-South relations; history of international development cooperation
dr. C. (Clemens) Six
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Assistant Professor
Strategic networks, European policy and grants, Horizon 2020 coordinator ACCOMPLISSH, projectdevelopment, projectmanagement.
drs. S.E. (Sharon) Smit
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Former director Sustainable Society
mr. dr. H.M. (Lenneke) Sprik
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Lecturer
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European integration and institutions
State theory and institutionalism
Concept analysis and qualitative methods
Italian politics
P.D. (Pier Domenico) Tortola, PhD
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Assistant professor
Critical Global Health, Critical Security Studies, International Theory
dr. N.M.T. (Nadine) Voelkner
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Assistant Professor in International Relations
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European social and economic law, the four economic freedoms of the internal market, 'balancing' social and economic law; Free trade agreements between the EU and third countries, e.g. Japan
mr. dr. H.H. (Herman) Voogsgeerd
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lecturer
European integration, climate and energy, trade policy, strategy and foresight, European law, WTO law
prof. mr. dr. J. (Jochem) Wiers, PhD
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bijzonder hoogleraar beleidsontwikkeling van de Nederlandse buitenlandse betrekkingen
IR Theory, Security Studies, European Studies, Global Governance, Energy & Geopolitics
prof. dr. J.H. (Jaap) de Wilde
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Professor of International Relations and Security Studies
Religion and politics, secularism, refugees and forced migration, human rights, development, global justice, globalization, climate change
dr. E.K. (Erin) Wilson
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Associate Professor Politics and Religion
Critical Security Studies; Securitization theory; (Counter-)Terrorism
S. (Stef) Wittendorp, MA
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PhD student
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Wildlife Trafficking; Illicit Trade; Terrorist Finance; Illicit Finance and Money Laundering; Conflict Economies; African Studies (esp. Somalia, East Africa, and the Indian Ocean region)
dr. T.S. (Tim) Wittig
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Assistant Professor of Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action
Law of the Sea, Public International Law, International Relations, South China Sea
Q. Xu
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PhD student
Strategy and policy advice
Relations management 
Project management
PhD recruitment
drs. T.N. (Tim) Zwaagstra
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Program Manager Southeast Asia
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Big Data Governance
Humanitarian Action
State of Emergency
prof. dr. A.J. (Andrej Janko) Zwitter
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Dean of Faculty Campus Fryslân / Prof. of Governance and Innovation
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