Dr. Irina van der Vet is a Senior 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 the Migration, Diversity and Justice cluster at the IES, she mainly leads the EU-funded projects and supervises Master students. Currently, she is operating two EU DG JUST projects: JP-Coops and FAIRNESS on the judicial and police cooperation in prevention of radicalisation and the fair access to justice in terror-related cases, respectively. In 2020 she finalised the coordination of the larger H2020 Mindb4Act project, where as part of the consortium, she was involved in creating innovative ethical solutions for tackling radicalisation leading to violent extremism. In 2016-2019, Irina van der Vet lead a Work Package under the FP7 SOURCE project on Societal Security. The deep involvement in her project work that is centring around the themes of security and counter-terrorism, shaped her research interest. Irina van der Vet is studying local approaches to prevention of violent extremism and the EU debates on countering violent extremism and radicalisation as part of the overall Security Union framework.
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 the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture.
Research Expertise: Counter-terrorism, violent extremism, prevention of radicalisation, Security union
Research Methodology: Linguistic and discourse analysis, Living Labs and Communities of Practise, Focus groups