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Master Conflict Resolution and Governance

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Conflict Resolution and Governance

Students

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Tobias de Graaf

This master gives you broadly applicable knowledge on conflict and ways to resolve conflict

With a mixed group of Dutch and international students from all over the world, you start out the year by broadly reviewing what conflict actually means, after which you get many chances to explore the subject in practical ways. For instance, there is a workshop in which you assess the dynamics of negotiation and mediation, you need to interview and write a profile about someone who works with conflict.

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    In the end, that variety is what I liked about the master the most: civil war is seen as a conflict, whereas also a business negotiation is approached as such. Ultimately, the master gives you broadly applicable knowledge on conflict and ways to resolve conflict, while also providing you with a feel for the strategies actors employ. Furthermore, in the second semester you are encouraged to research a subject in your own field of interest. For example, I wrote my thesis on the activism of the Argentine government in the media realm and now I’m about to start an internship at the Dutch embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Academic staff

The Master Conflict Resolution and Governance is organised by the Graduate School of Social Sciences of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.

The academic staff of this programme is actively involved in research at UvA's Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR).

Dr David Laws

Dr David Laws is the Programme Director of the Master's programme in Conflict Resolution and Governance.

David Laws is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the relationship between negotiation and conflict resolution, public administration, and democratic governance

Before coming to Amsterdam, he worked at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the Sloan School of Management at MIT and with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

He has worked as a consultant for the New York Stock Exchange, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Air National Guard, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Dutch Ministry of VROM.

dr. D.W. (David) Laws

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance

Dr Martijn Dekker

Dr Martijn Dekker is a political anthropologist, specialised in human security from below: how people confronted with armed conflict try to improve their own security. His research interests include self-organised security initiatives in war situations, humanitarian interventions, the (re-)emergence of social boundaries in times of conflict, 'securitisation', and the dynamics between community based forms of security and the (official) state security apparatus.

dr. M. (Martijn) Dekker

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

WP Groep: Docenten Politicologie

Dr Anja van Heelsum

Dr. Anja van Heelsum is originally a social psychologist and worked for many years on migration related issues, including: migrants aspirations, the refugee “crisis”, refugee reception, local policies on immigrants, ethnicity, stereotyping, political participation of immigrants, migrant organisations, and Islam.

dr. A.J. (Anja) van Heelsum

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation

Dr Polly Pallister-Wilkins

Dr. Polly Pallister-Wilkins specialises in the intersection of humanitarian intervention and border control and am currently researching what she calls 'humanitarian borderwork' in Europe that builds on previous research into humanitarianism, border policing and the political sociologies of walls, fences and security barriers. Her work therefore broadly sits in the borderland between International Relations, Critical Security Studies and Political Geography with a regional expertise focused on the Mediterranean, specifically Greece, and the Middle East.

dr. P.E. (Polly) Pallister-Wilkins

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance

Dr Floris Vermeulen

Dr. Floris Vermeulen is originally a historian who moved to Political Science. The topics of his research are: civic and political participation of immigrants, local integration policies, non-profit organisations, local policies targeting violent extremism and the governance of religious diversity.

dr. F.F. (Floris) Vermeulen

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Challenges to Democratic Representation