LUC The Hague: New Staff
Our new academic year has started and over the summer alot of things have changed at LUC The Hague. At the beginnging of the new academic year we are happy to welcome a handful of new Academic Staff and Support Staff members to our team. We welcome all familiar and new faces to LUC who will prove to be a valuable addition to LUC The Hague.
In the text below, you will find short bio's on the Academic and Support Staff members at Leiden University College The Hague.
I will be joining LUC in October this year as a Lecturer, teaching courses that explore the politics of policy making; the political economy of Southeast Asian development; and institutional theory and international development. In teaching these courses, I will be drawing on research I have undertaken on the political economy analysis of resource governance and social policies, with geographic focus on developing economies in Latin America and Southeast Asia. My approach to research and teaching is also shaped by having been a development worker in the Global South for more than a decade, engaged in actual policy dialogues with politicians and social movements; and involved in designing and implementing various development interventions. I hope to bring to the classrooms in LUC what I have learned about the interactions between academic thinking and the policy world, which has also shaped me as a development scholar in fundamental ways.
Before joining LUC, I was post-doctoral researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, where I worked with a multidisciplinary team of researching exploring the the political economy of externally-financed social protection in the Global South. Immediately before moving to the Netherlands, I was based in the UK, where I taught in the London School of Economics and Political Science, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and the University of Bath. I was also a Research Associate at the LSE Crisis States Research Centre, researching on the challenges of development in fragile and failed states.
I have just taken up a position as Assistant Professor at LUC and will be teaching a number of courses within the International Justice major. I previously worked at the Heritage Department at the Faculty of Archaeology, where I taught international cultural heritage law and was part of an interdisciplinary research team working on confronting the colonial past in the Caribbean (www.nexus1492.eu).
My research focuses mainly on the interplay between human rights, environment and cultural heritage in international law, and my most recent book, Landscape Protection in International Law, was just published with Oxford University Press.
Having already taught a couple of courses at LUC, I am excited about making the move to The Hague and I look forward to working with LUC’s inspiring teaching staff and wonderfully motivated students!
Date, place of birth: August 23rd, 1970, Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom.
Frequent roles: Novelist, Human rights lawyer, Academic lecturer, Opinion leader
I was born in the United Kingdom to Pakistani immigrants and bred in the United Kingdom, Pakistan and the Netherlands.
I read Law at Leiden University and practised law from 1996 to 2006, specializing in human rights law, with a special focus on social and economic rights, the rights of asylum seekers and refugees and migrant workers protection. I served for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the UNHCR, the Dutch Competition Authority, and finally, the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, France. I currently teach law at the University College Roosevelt in Middelburg.
I have the privilege of teaching the elective course Women, Human Rights and World Religions, at LUC in Fall 2019. I love teaching. The satisfaction from my work comes from teaching students and experiencing how knowledge can open one’s mind. My colleagues and students will be surprised to learn that I write novels on such issues as identity, migration and the sense of belonging.
As of this year I am one of Leiden University’s new student psychologists. I am based in the Plexus building in Leiden, but can be found once a week at LUC the Hague as well where I fulfill the role of Student Life Counsellor. I have studied in Leiden myself and after graduation I have worked as an research assistant at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Over the past years I have worked as a Psychologist in mental healthcare institutions where I treated clients from all ages. I am excited to be back at the place I am so familiar with and to work with a group that I can still very much relate to.
For me college was a place where I have learned a lot about my profession, but above all I felt at home and made friendships for life. I look forward to support young people who are in the middle of that important life phase as well. This phase is exciting, but at some times can be very challenging as well. I hope to be able to help those students that are looking for guidance. So far I have seen students who are highly motivated to deal with their problems and are eager to learn new skills. That makes me very happy! Hope to meet you soon!”
It might be appropriate to say: “I am back”. My name is Liping Oerlemans, although most of you probably know me as Lee. I am an alumna from the class of 2017 and as of this academic year I will take on the role of Recruitment and Admissions Officer at LUC. After graduating, I worked at the Central Student Administration of Leiden University, followed a course in European Project planning and management and became politically active within the first truly European party Volt.
I learned most from my time at LUC, meeting people from all over the world and living together in an international environment. Now it is time to give back to the LUC community by contributing to the current and prospective students’ experiences at university. My colleagues and students will be surprised to know that I was a candidate for the European Parliament elections in May 2019.
I’m back! Last year I worked at the course administration at LUC and this year I’m replacing Elke Laudy during her maternity leave. It’s good to be back, all the familiar faces and cozy lunches. Before LUC I worked as an event planner at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and I did a traineeship at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Well-known in the world of education I also have my own company for personal coaching, team coaching and facilitating workshops. I love to work with people, inspiring them, helping them, guiding them and teaching them. My colleagues and students will be surprised to know that I know everything about FRIENDS as I graduated on this sitcom.
Since May 2019, I joined LUC as the Official Secretary to the Board of Examiners. The thing that has most struck me about working at LUC so far, is its dedicated and passionate staff. In my previous roles at another University, I worked in admissions, student immigration, course administration and more. The satisfaction in my work comes from making processes as efficient and clear as possible to help support both students and colleagues. Having a multicultural background myself, I enjoy working with people from all over the world. I am looking forward to working with you and wish you a good start to the new academic year!