Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Stijn Sieckelinck new professor of Youth Spot

30 Nov 2020 16:23 | ARISI

As of 2 March 2021, Stijn Sieckelinck will become the professor of the Youth Spot research group. He succeeds Judith Metz who was at the helm for the last few years.

In recent years, Sieckelinck has been a researcher and professor at VU Amsterdam, Utrecht University and McGill University in Montreal, Canada. After obtaining his Master’s degree in Educational Studies from KU Leuven in Belgium, he obtained his doctorate in Amsterdam with a thesis on youthful idealism, which earned him the Langeveld Prize, and he worked for various knowledge institutes, such as the FORUM Institute for Multicultural Affairs and the Netherlands School of Public Administration. In the years that followed, Sieckelinck immersed himself in social parenting issues and wrote a number of publications including a critique of the politics of deradicalisation in the much-talked-about book ‘Reradicaliseren. Ronselen voor een betere wereld’ ('Re-radicalisation: Recruiting for a Better World') (2017).

In addition to his academic work, as a ‘thinker in a world of action’ he contributes to the debate on civic education and the strengthening of social resilience through training courses and various guides. Based on his educational-administrative view on social identity issues, he advises the Dutch government and various government authorities in the Netherlands and abroad.

He contributed to the new book ‘Dream Teams. Samenwerken aan veerkrachtige identiteitsvorming van jongeren’ ('Dream Teams. Working Together on Resilient Identity Building for Young People') , which will be published by Amsterdam University Press in the spring of 2021. As a new professor, he will promote the importance of strong youth work in a thriving society.

“We are delighted to be joined by this thinker in a world of action and are confident of the added value he will have for the Youth Spot research group,” says Mark van den Heuvel, head of ARISI; the research institute of the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Law, which also includes the Youth Spot research group.