Dr. Amy-Jane Gielen
Dr. Amy-Jane Gielen is an Associate Fellow at ICCT and an independent researcher and consultant at A.G. Advies. Amy-Jane is a political scientist who completed her PhD at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam. She has 13 years of experience in researching violent extremism and PCVE. She serves as a strategic policy advisor on PCVE to ministries and municipalities and has conducted a substantial number of evaluations of PCVE measures. She has published several books, book chapters and articles in peer reviewed journals on this issue.
Amy-Jane has worked for the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) of the European Commission. She wrote the first edition of the RAN Collection of Approaches and Practices and was involved in the RAN working groups internet and social media and internal and external dimensions (foreign fighters). She also provides workshops and key note speeches to practitioners and policy makers across Europe on (the evaluation of) PVCE. On behalf of the Dutch ministries of Safety and Justice and Social Affairs she has co-developed an PCVE evaluation toolkit for municipalities. She has also worked as an intervention provider in family support and exit-programmes. These combined experiences make it possible to translate her scientific work to different levels of government and practice.
Key Publications include:
Gielen, Amy-Jane (2020). Cutting through Complexity. Evaluating Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Gielen, Amy-Jane (2019). “Countering Violent Extremism: A Realist Review for Assessing What Works, for Whom, in What Circumstances, and How?,” Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 31 (6), pp. 1149-1167, https://doi.org/10.1080/09546553.2017.1313736
Gielen, Amy-Jane and Annebregt Dijkman (2019). “Evidence-Based Informed Policy Design for Support Groups for Families of Foreign Fighters: Ex Ante Application of Realistic Evaluation and Review,” Journal for Deradicalization, Vol. 20, pp. 232-271.
Gielen, Amy-Jane (2018a), “Exit Programmes for Female Jihadists: A Proposal for Conducting a Realistic Evaluation of the Dutch Approach,” International Sociology, Vol. 33 (4), pp. 454-472, https://doi.org/10.1177/0268580918775586
Siekelinck, Stijn and Amy-Jane Gielen (2018). RAN Paper. Protective and promotive factors building resilience against violent radicalisation. Brussels: RAN Centre of Excellence.
Gielen, Amy-Jane (2017b). “Evaluating Countering Violent Extremism,” In: Lore Colaert (ed.), ‘De-radicalisation’. Scientific insights for policy. Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
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