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prof. dr. A.J. Zwitter

Dean of Faculty Campus Fryslân / Prof. of Governance and Innovation
prof. dr. A.J. Zwitter
+31 58 205 5001 (secretariat of the faculty board)

Appointments (chronological)

  • June 2020 Academic Director, Cyan Centre on Climate Adaptation, Campus Fryslân, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • 2019: Dean of Faculty, Campus Fryslân, University of Groningen
  • 2018: Dean of Faculty ad interim (interim dean of faculty), Campus Fryslân
  • 2018: Professor of Governance and Innovation, Campus Fryslân
  • 2017 – Feb. 2019 Director and founder, Data Research Centre, University of Groningen
  • July 2017: Dean, University College, Campus Fryslân, University of Groningen
  • 2012 – July 2017: Head of Department of Political Sciences, Faculty of Law, University of Groningen
  • May 2012 – Oct. 2018: Professor for Int. Relations and Int. Law, endowed NGIZ chair, Faculty of Law, University of Groningen
  • 2008 – May 2012: Assist. Professor, Dep. of International Relations, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen
  • April 2007 – Sep. 2008: Marie Curie Fellow and PhD Researcher, Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflicts, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Additional Experience and honorary appointments

  • 2021 onwards: Guest ProfessorAlpe-Adria Univerversity Klagenfurt, Austria
  • 2020 onwards: Senior Fellow Adaptation and Innovation Governance, Global Center on Adaptation (international organization)
  • 2016 onwards: Senior Fellow, Canterbury Christ Church University (honorary)
  • 2016 – April 2017: Visiting Professor, Osaka University, Japan
  • March 2014 onwards: Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Liverpool Hope University
  • 2014 – July 2015: Research Sabbatical, Austrian Institute for International Politics
  • 2013 onwards: Registered Consultant at Austrian Chamber of Commerce
  • August 2011: Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • July – August 2010: Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, New York, USA
  • July – August 2009: Visiting Scholar, Gadjah Mada Univ., Yogyakarta, Indonesia

University Education

  • 2006 – 2008: Doctor iuris, PhD in Law with highest distinction, Legal Philosophy and Int. Law; Thesis: “Prevention of Terrorism through International Law”, Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Austria / Supervisors: Prof. dr. Wolfgang Benedek, Prof. dr. Christian Hiebaum
  • 2001 – 2006: Magister iuris, Specialisation: Business and Intellectual Property Law / Master thesis: “New Just War Theories” Legal Philosophy, Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Austria / Supervisor: Prof. dr. Christian Hiebaum
  • 2001 – 2003: Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Austria

Memberships and Commission of Trust

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Research and Education Strategy Committee: Chairman, University Strategy 2021-2026
  • College of Deans, University of Groningen
  • Programme Committee Strategy, University of Groningen
  • Faculty Board: Campus Fryslân, University of Groningen
  • Committee Research Strategy, University of Groningen
  • Committee Educational Strategy, University of Groningen


  • Boards of Examiners: various functions, Faculties of Law and of Arts, University of Groningen
  • Admissions Committees: various functions, Faculty of Arts and Campus Fryslân, University of Groningen
  • Ethics Committee: initiator and member, MA Programme in Humanitarian Action
  • Human Subject Research Committee: Member, governing board for Human Subject Research at the University of Groningen
  • Chairman of the Committee of the University Peace Days (University of Groningen)
  • Co-Chair of the research section ‘Research in Ethics and Globalization’ (REG) of the inter-faculty institute ‘Globalization Studies Groningen’ (GSG) of the University of Groningen
  • MA Programme Coordinator of the second semester of the Erasmus Mundus Master’s of Humanitarian Action (NOHA), University of Groningen


  • Advisory Board member, the Dusk Network
  • International Network Observatory for Global Strategy and Big Data (I.N.O.), founding member
  • International Data Responsibility Group, HumanityX, Leiden University
  • Scientific Board of the Intitiative of Professional Ethics (TIPE), Texas A&M, Qatar
  • Scientific Board of the Network for Humanitarian Action
  • HumanityX, Partner of Standing Support Team for Peace, Justice and Humanitarian Affairs
  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA)
  • Academie van Franeker e.V., member of the board
  • Initiative Angola e.V., member of the board
  • Data Hub Fryslân, member of the board
  • Innovatiepact Fryslân, member of the board
  • Provincial Knowledge Agenda, member of the board
  • Circulair Friesland, member
  • Rotary Club, Oldenhoven Leeuwarden, member


  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Humanitarian Action, Open Access Journal, Springer (launched early 2016)
  • Associate Editor, Frontiers of Blockchain, Open Access Journal,
  • Series Editor, Routledge Studies in Humanitarian Action (launch April 2017)
  • Founding Editor-in-Chief, Politics and Governance, Open Access Journal, Impact Factor 1.3, Cogitatio Press, (from 2013-2018)

Consultancy and Executive Training:

  • Past Consulting for:
    • World Bank and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development: World Development Report 2021
    • German Bundesbank: Big Data strategies and ethics compliance
    • EuroStat and National Statistical Agencies: Big Data strategies
    • Egyptian Diplomats: Constitution Drafting and Related Political Issues
    • Tunisian Politicians: Constitution Drafting Processes and Political Effects of State of Emergency
    • Dutch Government: Blockchain and Digital Identity
    • Dutch Red Cross: Development of the Digital Code of Ethics 510
    • Doctors Without Borders: Digital Innovation and Big Data
    • World Vision International: scientific advisor on early warning / early action digital toolkit “World View”
  • Past Executive Training for:
    • Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Humanitarian Analysis;
    • UK Police Chief Officers on Big Data Ethics,
    • Dutch Public Service Staff on Big Data Ethics
    • Internet Academy: Executive Course Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Governance
    • World Vision International: Humanitarian Intelligence training of all East Africa Heads of Mission


  • Review Committees:
    • European Research Council: SH2 Vice-Chair, Panel Member / Synergy Call External Reviewer / SH3 and SH5 External Reviewer (2018, 2019, 2020)
    • Horizon 2020 – COST (2018)
    • Netherlands Science Foundation (NWO) – Committee of Dutch Big Data & Health Research Program (2019)
    • University of Bern – Interdisciplinary Research Committee (2017)
    • Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies at Lund University – Reviewer (2018, 2020)
  • Journals: European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance – Brill; Middle East Law and Governance – Brill; Politics (Political Science Association - PSA) – Wiley; International Studies Quarterly – Wiley; Security Dialogue – Sage; Millennium – Sage; Big Data & Society – Sage; Journal of Business Ethics – Springer, etc.
  • Books: Cambridge University Press; Routledge (Taylor & Francis); Rowman & Littlefield; Sage
Last modified:21 March 2021 09.49 a.m.

Contact information

Wirdumerdijk 34
8911 CE Leeuwarden
The Netherlands
Wirdumerdijk 34
8911 CE Leeuwarden
The Netherlands

Campus Fryslân

Job title:
Dean - Campus Fryslân
+31 58 205 5001 (secretariat of the faculty board)