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.