Past projects

A list of projects that researchers from the department have worked on in the past. 

Whole-of-Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding (WOSCAP)

The WOSCAP project seeks to enhance the capabilities of the European Union for implementing conflict prevention and peacebuilding interventions through sustainable, comprehensive and innovative civilian means. Fieldwork research will be conducted in Ukraine, Yemen, Georgia, and Mali.

Conflict Studies experts from Utrecht University act as the academic lead of the consortium and are also tasked with the quality assurance of all academic output of the project and are responsible for the synthesis of the case studies.

  • Researchers: Georg Frerks and Chris van der Borgh. Besides Utrecht University, nine other international parties are involved with the project.
  • Funding: Horizon 2020, European Commission
  • Duration: 2015-2017
The Dutch in the Early Modern World: The Rise and Fall of a Global Power

In the early modern age the Dutch Republic was a world power, leading the way in global capitalism and overseas expansion, and playing a central role in European politics. Until now, however, no overview exists of the Dutch in the world in this period. The purpose of this project is to write a scholarly textbook, which has already been accepted for publication with Cambridge University Press: The Dutch in the Early Modern World: The Rise and Fall of a Global Power.

  • Researcher: David Onnekink
  • Funding: Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS)
  • Duration: 2016
Women’s role in peace and security in the self-administered areas of northern Syria

This research project focuses on the bottom-up, female-led peace and reconstruction processes in northern Syria. The political and economic roles that women are playing in peace and reconstruction processes are the focal point of the analysis. Specifically, the efforts being made by local women and women's organisations in delivering social services, security, and good governance in this fragile and conflict-affected environment.

Research projects History of International Relations
Rebel Governance in Sri Lanka and Lebanon

This two-year project focuses on an actor commonly overlooked in discussions of governance. Non-state actors are often involved in governance practices and thereby often perform as a state. This research looks at the range of governance practices and institutions in different contexts of rebel-controlled territory.

By carrying out in-depth studies in Sri Lanka and Lebanon, this project contributes to academic and policy debates on governance in so called ‘fragile states’ and potential reassessment of rebel actors.

Brave New World: Internal Colonization in Europe, 1900-1940

This NWO Veni research project studied discourses and practices of internal colonisation in interwar Europe, which were underpinned by quests for food security, social improvement, national grandeur, and the modernisation of agricultural production and rural societies.

The project revealed the emergence of a strong belief in state planning throughout Europe, in democratic and authoritarian contexts alike, as the rural world became a site of increasing government intervention.

  • Researcher: Liesbeth van de Grift
  • Funding: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Veni grant
  • Duration: 2011-2014
Rethinking the Peace of Utrecht

The Peace of Utrecht (1713) marked the close of 40 years of warfare, in which many of the major European states were involved. It is said to have restored the 'Balance of Power' in Europe and ended the 17th-century wars of religion. The treaty also, however, opened a phase in which the global context became increasingly dominant in European politics.

This project aspired to establish an international research network to study the Peace of Utrecht and its consequences. The project yielded three international conferences in Osnabrück, Madrid, and Utrecht, as well as various publications, all within the context of several activities organized by the city and province of Utrecht.

  • Researchers: David Onnekink, Inken Schmid-Voges, Ana Crespo Solana, Renger de Bruin
  • Funding: NWO (Internationalisation in the Humanities grant)
  • Duration: 2011-2014