Nominees for the MA Thesis Prize Visions on Peace 2016

28 Nov 2016  Today the jury has announced the names of 3 nominees for the MA Thesis Prize “Visions on Peace” 2016. These are (in alphabetical order):

  • Johannes Chinchilla:
    "Growing Sustainable Peace: Starting at the Roots?"
    University of Amsterdam, International Development Studies
  • Melanie van der Lem:
    "The Divergent Trajectories of Corporation – Community Mining Conflicts in Peru"

    Leiden University, Politics – Conflict and Cooperation

  • Marieke Schöning:
    "To be or not to be political: Questions to international development discourse through an investigation of active youth citizenship among young, educated Syrians in Beirut"

    University of Amsterdam, International Development Studies

This year 42 applications were submitted. The selection of the nominees and the choice for the winner was made by an independent jury in a fully anonymous way. Members of this year's jury are:

  • Dr Tom Sauer (Chairman), Associate Professor in International Politics, Dept. of Political Science, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Dr Lidewyde Berckmoes, Postdoc Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, Amsterdam 
  • Dr Erin Wilson, Director of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen

The decision of the jury is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


On Friday afternoon 9 December 2015, the nominees will shortly present their theses and the winner will be announced. He or she will receive € 1500, made available by the ASN Bank.


Also this year the granting of the Thesis Prize “Visions on Peace” will be combined with the awarding of the new HBO Peace Prize (see


The ceremonies will be preceded by a keynote speech by Hugh Pope, Director of Communications & Outreach at International Crisis Group. He will deliver a speech on "Turkey and a Region in Crisis - How diplomacy can be made to work better".


The event will take place at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Room 0v.3.3.7, Johanna Westerdijkplein 75, 2521 EN The Hague. Registration starts at 13:00 and at 17:00 the event will be concluded with drinks.


If you wish to attend the award ceremony please send an e-mail by 6 December to


The MA Thesis Prize is organised by Stichting Vredeswetenschappen (Dutch Foundation for Peace Studies) in co-operation with the ASN Bank and the University for Peace Centre The Hague.


More information on the symposium and other activities of the Dutch Foundation for Peace Studies can be found at and



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