Since  I started teaching in the Political Science Department in 2010, Conflict Studies became an interesting addition to my expertise. Initially I focussed mainly on understanding refugees, ethnic conflicts in cities, and migration related conflicts. But after teaching the course Introduction to Conflict Studies my (theoretical) insight in the escalation proces from small scale scapegoating, to mass mobilisation to violent conflict and civil war increased. From 2011 onwards, I supervised many master theses every year in the Master Conflict Resolution and Governance.  They wrote about very different subjects, for instance the role of diaspora in peace and conflict, mobilisation of protestors in Sudan, ethnic identity of Iraqi and Turkish Kurds, youth participation in Morocco, the negotiator role of care professionals, re-integration programs of youth gang members in Los Angeles, motives of extreme right protesters in Berlin, etceteras.


Publication together with a Conflict Studies students:

Kassaye, A., I. Ashur & A. van Heelsum (2016) ‘The relationship between media discourses and experiences of belonging: Dutch Somali perspectives’. Ethnicities 16 (5)773-797, DOI: 10.1177/1468796816653627.

Fletcher, C., A. van Heelsum & C. Roggeband (2018) ‘Water Privatisation, Hegemony and Civil Society: What motivates individuals to protest about water privatisation?’, Journal of Civil Society 14 (3), 241-256, DOI: 10.1080/17448689.2018.1496308.