Irina van der Vet

Dr. Irina van der Vet

Project Researcher


Dr. Irina van der Vet is a Project Researcher at the Institute for European Studies (IES) in Brussels. Currently she is coordinating work package deliverables for the FP7 SOURCE project on Societal Security, in which the IES is involved. Besides, she contributes to designing a course module on EU Policy-making.

In 2013 Irina obtained a PhD in Political Science from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her research primarily focused on conceptual analysis of the global human / child rights policy through the lens of the United Nations debates on human security, development aid and international law. Irina acted in various roles in a number of scientific networks: ECPR, POLITU, Kyoto University Global Centre of Excellence, and UniPID. She regularly presented papers at international conferences in Europe and Asia. In addition to expertise in Political Science research, Irina’s profile includes competence in education and training. With her Master in Education and Intercultural Communication she taught graduate-level students at universities in Finland and Russia.

Apart from working in academia, she underwent training with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the area of human rights education. Furthermore, as a Blue Book trainee, she worked for the European Commission’s Directorate General Education and Culture, where she contributed to the quantitative and qualitative analyses of the Education and Training Policy (ET 2020).

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