Irina van der Vet

Dr. Irina van der Vet

Senior/Post-doctoral Project Researcher and Project Coordinator


Dr. Irina van der Vet is a Senior/Post-doctoral Project Researcher and a Project Coordinator at the Institute for European Studies (IES). She is holding a Doctorate degree in Political Science with a major in World Politics, and a Master’s degree in Education and Intercultural Communication. As a member of Migration, Diversity and Justice cluster and Education Development Unit in the IES, she mainly operates the EU-funded projects. Specifically, she has been leading a work package on education and training in the framework of the FP7 SOURCE project that aims at building a societal security network. She also coordinates an H2020 Mindb4Act project, where as part of the consortium, she is involved in creating innovative ethical solutions for tackling radicalisation leading to violent extremism. The deep involvement in her project work that is centring around the themes of security and counter-terrorism, shaped her post-doctoral research interest. Irina van der Vet is studying a Belgian approach to prevention of violent extremism and the EU debates on countering violent extremism and radicalisation unfolding at the intersection of several political discourses: migration, counter-terrorism and security. In the IES Irina van der Vet taught a course on the European Union Institutions in the framework of the post-graduate program on European policy-making, and she is about to teach a new course on Societal Security management.

In 2007-2013 Irina van der Vet acted as a doctoral researcher and a course coordinator at the university of Jyvaskyla, Finland. Before that, she was teaching at Herzen State Pedagogical University in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In addition, Irina van der Vet received hands-on experience from international organisations when working at Geneva Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the European Commission Directorate General Education and Culture.


Commissioned publications:

  • Irina van der Vet, Olof Soebech and Florian Lang (Eds.) (2018) E-Handbook on Societal Security Crises and Emergency Response in Europe, 90p; FP7 SOURCE Project. 
  • Irina van der Vet (2018) EU FP7 SOURCE project deliverable 7.2. Training Curriculum in Societal Security for Engineers and Designers.
  • Irina van der Vet (2018) EU FP7 SOURCE project deliverable 7.3. Course material for policy and law-makers on Societal Security.
  • Irina van der Vet (2018) EU FP7 SOURCE project deliverable 7.4-5 E-Handbook on Societal Security Crises and Emergency Response in Europe. 

Policy briefs:

  • Irina van der Vet and Ric Coolsaet (2018). The Belgian Approach to Tackling Violent Extremism: A Practitioners’ Perspective. Policy Brief, IES-VUB.


Conference proceedings:

  • Van der Vet, Irina (2012) ‘The General Assembly as a Playground for States: The Perspectives on Child Policies in the United Nations Debates “A World Fit for Children”’, in Wako Asato (eds.) The 4th Generation Global Workshop. Nation-States and Beyond: Private and Public Spheres under Globalization, November 24-25, 2011, Seoul National University, Kyoto: Kyoto University, pp. 51-66.
  • Van der Vet, Irina (2011) ‘Images of Child Policy in Asia in the Reports of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children: thinking of elephants’, in Wako Asato & Hideki Nakata (eds.) The 3d Next-Generation Global Workshop. Migration: Global Reconstruction of Intimate and Public Spheres, December 11-12, 2010, Kyoto University, Kyoto: Kyoto University. Pp. 158-177.
  • Van der Vet, Irina (2010) ‘United Nations Child Policy in the Context of War: Family Reunification’, in Wako Asato & Wataru Kusaka (eds.) The 2nd Next-Generation Global Workshop. Is “Family” Alive? Changing Social Relations through Sex, Politics and Communication, November 21-22, 2009, Kyoto University. Kyoto: Kyoto University, pp 314-333.
  • Van der Vet, Irina (2009) ‘Family and Child Policy in Russia: New Clothes for the New Emperor?’ in Wako Asato & Kaoru Aoyama (eds.) The 1st Next-Generation Global Workshop, January 11-12, 2009 Kyoto University. Kyoto: Kyoto University. Pp. 281-295.
  • Taranda, Irina (2006) Prevention of Extremism through Enhancing Tolerance in the Context of Modern Education (RUS), in Compilation of Research Papers of the Student Scientific Society. Ed. Laptev V.V. St. Petersburg, Herzen State Pedagogical University Press: vol.7. Pp. 24-25.

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