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Stijn Mariette Albert Sieckelinck (1980) is a senior researcher in the department of Governance and Political Science, and chair of the Expertise Lab on Resilient Identities at the Institute for Societal Resilience (Faculty of Social Sciences). Apart from research, he is invested in development and consultancy. He co-developed the training program ‘Dealing with Extreme Ideals’, widely distributed amongst social-educational professionals (NCTV, Netherlands). And he is frequently invited as an expert in education and radicalization, by governmental actors, such as the Radicalisation Awareness Network (European Commission). In all these initiatives, he intends to make experiences from and interactions with ‘real world experts’ fruitful for his work and a guide to further academic scrutiny.


He obtained a Master’s degree in Educational Studies (2003) at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He completed his PhD in the faculty of Psychology and Education of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2009 and obtained a General Teaching Qualification (BKO) from Utrecht University in 2014.


His research interests are on the broad field of education, social governance and professionalization, but with a particular focus on radicalization, conflict resolution, and citizenship education in national and international contexts. His research in controversial areas such as radicalisation and extremism has resulted in a wide array of original policy papers and impactful academic publications. As these phenomena are exacerbated by deprived social identities, there is a clear need for better social strategies. His philosophical training helps to analyze findings, conceptualize innovative insights and relate these successfully to existing research. His work experience outside academia on similar topics has activated a broad, skilled network of stakeholders committed to this line of research.


Over the years his projects were granted by the European Commission, the Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sport (VWS) and the Ministry of Education (OCW).

Prizes and Awards

With his dissertation, Sieckelinck won the Marinus Langeveld-prijs in 2010. 

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