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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. 

Ancillary activities

  • Gemeente Rotterdam | Rotterdam | Adviseur | 2020-01-07 - present
  • Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds | Amsterdam | Adviseur | 2020-01-07 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Research Output 2005 2019

Being resilient to radicalisation in PVE policy: A critical examination

Stephens, L. & Sieckelinck, S., 2 Sep 2019, In : Critical Studies on Terrorism.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
political actor

Preventing Violent Extremism: A Review of the Literature

Stephens, W., Sieckelinck, S. & Boutellier, H., 2 Jan 2019, In : Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Radicalization and Religion

Stephens, W. & Sieckelinck, S. M. A., 2019, Religion and European Society: a primer. Schewel, B. & Wilson, E. (eds.). Wiley‐Blackwell, p. 159-170 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic


Transitional journeys into and out of extremism. A biographical approach

Sieckelinck, S., Sikkens, E., San, M. V., Kotnis, S. & De Winter, M., 3 Jul 2019, In : Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. 42, 7, p. 662-682 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

grounded theory

Working Across Boundaries in Preventing Violent Extremism: Towards a typology for collaborative arrangements in PVE policy

Stephens, L. & Sieckelinck, S., 27 Sep 2019, In : Journal for Deradicalization. 20, p. 272-313 42 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
professional association

Activities 2005 2008

  • 8 Lecture / Presentation
  • 2 Membership
  • 1 Conference
  • 1 Editorial work

Jongeren en hun idealen

S.M.A. Sieckelinck (Speaker)
19 Mar 2008

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Jongeren en hun idealen

S.M.A. Sieckelinck (Speaker)
17 Apr 2008

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Workshop Jongeren en idealisme

S.M.A. Sieckelinck (Speaker)
18 Feb 2007

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Awakening the best in youth

S.M.A. Sieckelinck (Speaker)
29 Mar 2007

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic