Liesbeth van der Heide

Liesbeth van der Heide is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism The Hague (ICCT) where she coordinates ICCT's activities in the field of (counter-) terrorism in prison and rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremist offenders in and after prison. She also is a PhD-candidate and Researcher at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA), Leiden University. 

Her research focuses on (de-) radicalization and reintegration of terrorist offenders and terrorism and stability in the Sahel. She has authored numerous reports on the reintegration of Foreign Fighters and children and juveniles in the FTF context; risk assessment of violent extremism; and the policy implications of ISIS' territorial collapse. Her research has been funded by the US State CT Bureau and the Global Engagement Centre by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, and in the Netherlands by the National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism and Security, the General Intelligence and Security Service and the Dutch National Police. 

Currently, she manages a program that focuses on prisons in the Sahel region, South East Asia and the Balkans, which includes implementing threat and risk assessment measures to identify and assess violent extremism. In the Netherlands, she coordinated a two-year research project for the National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism and Security (NCTV) regarding the effectiveness of the reintegration of jihadist terrorists from 2016-2018. She teaches graduate-level courses on Security and Intelligence and Security and the Rule of Law. Previously she managed several research projects, including research for the Dutch National Police on lone actor terrorism; research for the General Intelligence and Security Service in the Netherlands focusing on a fear-management based approach to counter-terrorism; conducting an in-country evaluating of prison-based reintegration in Pakistan for US State's CT Bureau; and a research project for the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice on the integrity-crime nexus. She holds an MA (cum laude) in International Relations from Utrecht University, and a BA in Political Science from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. 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 Radicalisation and Terrorism Research.