Michelle Parlevliet is Assistant Professor Conflict Resolution and Governance in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam and affiliated with the research program group Transnational Configurations, Conflict & Governance. Her research focuses on the relationship between human rights and conflict resolution in theory and practice as it plays out in specific country settings, in relation to particular issues (e.g. communal conflict, natural resources, national human rights institutions, transitional justice, and displacement), and as affected by the policies, politics and institutional architecture of development cooperation. She worked on these issues as a practitioner in various capacities and contexts for some twenty years, providing facilitation, training, research and technical assistance to multiple organisations and networks at grassroots and senior policy-making level in Southern and East Africa, South and South-East Asia, and Western Europe, and capturing insights in academic and professional publications. She holds a PhD in law (UvA, 2015) and MA degrees in Political Science (UvA, 1996) and International Peace Studies (Univ. of Notre Dame, 1995). Her dissertation, Holding Concurrent Realities. Revisiting the Relationship between Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, was awarded the 2016 Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award for best human rights dissertation. Its 'reflective practice' methodology was lauded by the jury as innovative and insightful, amongst other things.
Dr. Parlevliet has widely published on human rights and peacebuilding/conflict transformation/conflict resolution; national human rights institutions; civil society engagement in conflict prevention; and transitional justice. Her work has appeared in edited volumes published by Routledge, Kluwer, Syracuse University Press, Berghof Conflict Research and others, and in various journals including peer-referreed ones. See 'publications' for details.
Dr. Parlevliet served as senior conflict transformation adviser for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nepal (2006-2009) and also worked at the Centre for Conflict Resolution in South Africa (1999-2005), the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1997) and the Prosecutor's Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (1996, 1998). She has consulted for the World Bank (Indonesia), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN System Staff College, the International Council for Human Rights Policy, the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, the Danish Institute for Human Rights, German development agency GIZ and various non-governmental organisations. Prior to joining the UvA, she worked as postdoc on a project on human rights and peacebuilding at the Centre for Resolution of International Conflict at Copenhagen University.
Amongst other things, Michelle serves on the Board of international peacebuilding NGO Conciliation Resources; the Editorial Board of the Journal of Human Rights Practice; the Advisory Committee of the Prince Claus Fund's Cultural Emergency Response programme; and on the International Advisory Board of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict (University of East London).