Update: the lector/ special chair UN Studies is vacant. Preparations for recruitment for a new lector / special chair UN studies are ongoing.

About the research group

The research group is positioned halfway within the Institute of Security and Global Affairs of Leiden University's Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs and the Faculty of Governance, Law and Safety of The Hague University of Applied Sciences. The research group is being funded by the Municipality of The Hague for a period of three years as part of the ‘Van Aartsen honours program’ in the field of UN Studies.

Aim of the research group

The aim of the UN Studies research group is to ultimately change perceptions of the UN. It will do so by establishing a UN Studies Research Network connecting expertise at The Hague University of Applied Sciences with that of Leiden University. The research group provides a unique opportunity to bring together a diverse set of actors relating to the UN and its activities in order to improve public visibility of and engagement with the organization. The research group is designed to act as an umbrella to connect different dimensions of UN proficiency by bridging academic and civil society and acting as a focal point for activities relating to the UN and associated ideas of global governance in the area of peace and justice.

Team Onderzoek


Within our research group, researchers, lecturer-researchers and students work closely with practice partners to conduct research. Together they are committed to translating the results of the research -knowledge and insights- into the practice of education and the region.

Meet our team


The Invisible History of the United Nations and the Global South

Challenging the Liberal World Order from Within, The Invisible History of the United Nations and the Global South, 1945-1981.
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Women and the Process of Peace, A Multilevel Perspective

This program examines women’s involvement in three key areas of peace and conflict: conflict prevention, peacekeeping and the post-conflict/peace-making.
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The UN and I, What Does the UN Mean to the Youth?

A project in association with the Van Aartsen Honours Program (City of The Hague) and the PRE-program of Leiden University. This project is focused on working with youth at two levels; in schools and in universities.
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8 June 2023

Szilvia Csevár on the editorial board of new book series


The series seeks to publish original research on the war/environment nexus from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
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7 July 2022

An Indigenous Story - The Story of the Tŝilhqot’in

Research, Programmes

09.06.2022 16:00 – 18:00; The lights are dimmed, and the first students stride into the room. The recording is set up…
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15 March 2022

Minor: Making Peace Not War: Sustainable Peace and Conflict Resolution


Are you interested in finding out how to tackle international conflicts? Are you motivated to learn how the UN…
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Gender, Climate & Security

Szilvia Csevár is co-author of this UN study on sustaining inclusive peace on the frontlines of climate change.

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Ten new insights in climate science 2022

This publication that Szilvia Csevár contributed to, summarizes what the authors assess as the past year's most important findings within climate change research.

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Stretching Horizons and Testing Limits, The Netherlands and Sweden as Norm Entrepreneurs the United Nations Security Council

This article co-written by David den Dunnen explores the motivations, experiences and challenges of two Western, medium powers, the Netherlands and Sweden, which completed one- and two-year terms respectively


Voices in the Background: Environmental Degradation and Climate Change as Driving Forces of Violence Against Indigenous Women

This article by Szilvia Csevár argues how uncontrolled resource extraction can intensify pre-existing inequalities and amplify vulnerabilities, leading to gendered consequences caused by environmental damage.

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Sexualised Violence and Land Grabbing: forgotten conflict and ignored victims in West Papua

In this article, Szilvia Csevár looks at the enforced militarisation of West Papua and the patterns of sexual violence used to fully control and exploit the islands natural resources.

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