Liesbeth van der Heide

Liesbeth van der Heide is a Research Fellow at ICCT. She coordinates the Centre’s activities on the rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremist offenders. She is also a Researcher and Lecturer at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA), Leiden University – Campus The Hague. In her research on de-radicalisation and reintegration programmes of violent extremist offenders (VEOs), she analyses and assesses the underlying assumptions of rehabilitation programmes. Other research areas include security in International Relations, lone wolf terrorism and a fear-management approach to counter-terrorism. At Leiden University, she teaches two MA courses on Security and the Rule of Law. She has managed several research projects over the last few years, including research for the Dutch National Police (KLPD) on lone wolf terrorism, research for the Dutch intelligence service (AIVD) regarding reducing fear through crisis communication and a research project for ICCT on the impact of the Breivik trial. She is currently coordinating a project for the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice (MinVenJ) on integrity and crime prevention. In 2013 she was a Research Fellow at the Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law. She is a member of the Dutch Flemish Network for Radicalization and Terrorism Research.

Key publications include:

De Graaf, B., L. van der Heide, and A. Schmid. Terrorists on Trial: a Performative Perspective. Leiden: Leiden University Press, (forthcoming).

Entenmann, E., L. van der Heide, D. Weggemans and J. Dorsey. “Rehabilitation for Foreign Fighters? Relevance, Challenges and Opportunities for the Criminal Justice Sector”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 6, no. 5 (2015).

De Graaf, B., L. van der Heide, S. Wanmaker and D. Weggemans. “The Anders Behring Breivik Trial: Performing Justice, Defending Democracy“, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 4, no. 6 (2013).

Van der Heide, L. “Cherry-Picked Intelligence. The Weapons of Mass Destruction Dispositive as a Legitimation for National Security in the Post 9/11 Age“, Historische Sozialforschung / Historical Social Resarch 38, no. 1 (2013), pp. 286-307.

Bakker, E., de Graaf, B., van der Heide, L., de Hoog, M. and L. van der Varst. “Onderzoek naar de maatschappelijke effecten van bestuurlijk optreden bij terreurdreiging en extreem geweld“. Onderzoeksrapport in opdracht van Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties, (2012).

Van der Heide, L. and L. van der Varst. “Beperken van maatschappelijke onrust bij terroristische dreiging en extreem geweld“, Magazine Nationale Veiligheid en Crisisbeheersing 10, No. 4, (2012).

De Graaf, B., Van der Heide, L., Wanmaker, S. and D. Weggemans. “The 22nd of July Trial Reaches its Final Stage“, Perspectives, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 3 (2012).


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