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Renske's Research

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Current Research Projects

1. How People View Democracy

2. One-Party Dominance in African Democracies

3. Political Institutions in Divided Societies


Selection of previous projects:

'Implementing constitutional choices: enhancing accountable government on the African continent'. Participant in this international project. The Centre for Studies in Democratization is the ‘northern’ partner in this three-year (2007-2010) British Council-funded project. The lead partner in the ‘south’ is the School of Law of the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and the other partner is the School of Law in Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania).

‘Deviant Democracies: Democratization Against All Odds’. Leader of this project , together with Dr. Petr Kopecky (University of Leiden, the Netherlands) and Prof. Dr. Cas Mudde (University of Antwerp, Belgium). Project includes a workshop with country experts (to be held in the Netherlands), writing and editing of papers on deviant cases, and editing of special issue for international journal on this topic. Funded by Dutch National Science Foundation, Project No. 425-42-005 and Project No. 452-03-301.


Research Awards

NWO TALENT. Award of the Dutch National Science Foundation for promising postdoctoral researchers (top - from all fields) who are expected on the basis of their academic qualities to attain prominent positions in Dutch science, 2003

Jaarprijs Politicologie. Award of the Dutch Political Science Association (NKWP) for the best PhD dissertation in the field of political science and international relations, 2002

International Studies Association’s Carl Beck Award. Award of ISA for the best graduate student paper in the field of international relations, 1997

The Daniel Heinsius Thesis Award. Award of the Dutch Political Science Association for the best MA-thesis, 1996

Honourable Mention for MA thesis. Faculty of Social Sciences, Leiden University, 1996

Annual Thesis Prize. Department of Political Science, Leiden University, 1996

 

Education and Relevant Research Training

Education

2008 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Practice (PCAPP), University of Warwick, UK
2001 Doctor (PhD), Political Science, Leiden University, the Netherlands, October. Dissertation: Fourth Wave of Democratization: Identification and Explanation. Advisors: Peter Mair and Wil Hout; Members of Committee: Galen Irwin, Koen Koch, Arend Lijphart, Mohamed Salih
1996 Doctorandus (BA and MA) in comparative politics and international relations, Political Science, Leiden University, the Netherlands
1994 Propedeuse (part of BA), Law, Leiden University, the Netherlands
1992 Propedeuse (part of BA), Political Science, Leiden University, the Netherlands
1991 Gymnasium, Goois Lyceum, Bussum, the Netherlands


Relevant Research Training

CQRM Annual Training Institute on Qualitative Research Methods, Consortium for Qualitative Research Methods, Arizona State University, USA. Courses: qualitative methodology, case selection, process tracing, counterfactual analysis etc. http://www.asu.edu/clas/polisci/cqrm/institute.html, 2003

ICPSR Summer Training Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. Course: spatial data analysis with geographic information systems, 1999

Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and Collection, University of Essex, Colchester, UK. Courses: Mathematics part 2 and 3, multivariate analysis, advanced regression analysis, advanced linear structural equation modelling, comparative systemic modelling, 1997

Department of Anthropology, Leiden University, the Netherlands. Course 'Field Research in Africa' from September 1995- June 1996 and field research on local NGO's and democracy in Tambacounda (Senegal) from June-November 1996.

 

Selection of Other Research Activities

• Academic Referee: for proposal British Academy (since 2011) and for scholarly journals in the UK, US and Europe, including International Security (2002-now), World Politics (2005-now), American Political Science Review (2010-now), British Politics (2011-now), Government and Opposition (2010-now), Journal of Peace Research (2005-now), Democratization (2006-now), British Journal of Political Research (2002-2007), Acta Politica (1997-now), The Pacific Review (2011-now), and International Political Science Review (since 1999)

• Invited external lecturing: invited to give lectures and seminars, both in the UK and abroad. Organisations include Harvard University, USA; London School of Economics, UK; University of Sheffield, UK; University of Birmingham, UK; University of Essex, UK; VNG International in The Hague; Netherlands Institute of Government (NOB), the Netherlands; Institute for Social Studies, the Hague

• Active participation at conferences: attending conferences and workshops, including paper presentation, both in the UK and abroad. Examples: APSA Annual Meetings, USA; Annual Conventions of International Studies Association, USA; ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops; ECPR annual conferences; Politicologenetmaal, the Netherlands; BISA in the UK

• Learned Societies: member of American Political Science Association (APSA); Dutch Political Science Association (de Kring); BISA

• Consultancy Foreign Secretary David Milliband, ‘universality of democracy and spread of democratization’, January 29, 2008

• Consultancy for the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, April 12, 2010. Preparation of the 2010 Forum for the Future of Democracy (FFD), which took place in Yerevan (Armenia) on 19-20 October 2010

• Convenor ECPR Research Group on Political Geography, with Kristian Gleditsch, University of Essex, UK, 2000-now

• Assistant Managing Editor of Acta Politica (journal published by Palgrave), 2000-2003


ORGANIZATION OF WORKSHOPS and CONFERENCES (selection)


2011 Workshop ‘Party Systems and the Future of Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa’, at Warwick University, with around 40 invited scholars from e.g. the UK, Sweden, Norway, Germany, South Africa, Botswana, and USA from disciplines of Law and Politics. The collection of papers will be edited and is to be published by Palgrave
2011 Roundtable Democracy in the Middle East
2010 Workshop ‘Parties in Africa’, organization with Lia Nijzink (Cape Town, South Africa), with around 40 invited scholars from the UK, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, Zambia, and Tanzania, from disciplines of Law and Politics. Selection of papers is edited and submitted to international publisher (under review)
2006 Workshop ‘Deviant Democracies’, organization of with dr. Petr Kopecky (Leiden University, NL) and prof. dr. Cas Mudde (Antwerp University, Belgium) in September 2006, and editing of papers. The collection of papers was published as special issue of Democratization in 2008
2002 ECPR General Conference, Marburg, Germany, September, Workshop director of ‘Political Parties in Space’, With Huib Pellikaan, Leiden University
2001-02 Department of Public Policy and Department of Political Science, Roundtable on ‘Analytical Politics’ during academic year 2001-02
2000-01 Department of Political Science, Leiden University, Departmental Seminar Series on ‘Coincidence in Political Science & Politics’
2000 Politicologenetmaal, Veldhoven, the Netherlands, May, Workshop director ‘Democratic Consolidation in Comparative Perspective’ With Ingrid van Biezen, Birmingham University, UK

INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS/ COOPERATION

2011-2012 Academic Fellowship IATL. What, why democracy? Research and Film Projects about Democracy: Students, Academics and Filmmakers United
2006-2008 Leader Project ‘Deviant Democracies’, led by Renske Doorenspleet (University of Warwick, UK), with dr. Petr Kopecky (Leiden University, NL) and prof. dr. Cas Mudde (Antwerp University, Belgium). Funded by Dutch National Science Foundation, Project No. 425-42-005 and Project No. 452-03-301.
2007-2010 Participant in Project ‘Implementing constitutional choices: enhancing accountable government on the African continent’. The Centre for Studies in Democratization (University of Warwick, UK) is ‘northern’ partner. School of Law (University Cape Town , South Africa) is lead partner in the ‘south’, with School of Law (Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania)  British Council-funded project.


GRANTS (recent, since 2011)
2011-2012 Academic Fellowship IATL. What, why democracy? Research and Film Projects about Democracy: Students, Academics and Filmmakers United
2012-2013 Mentor Tina Freyburg, Leverhulme Postdoc
2011 CARP Funding from PaIS to fund OPD workshop in September
2011-2012 IAS Warwick funding for corruption-network, together with prof. Mark Knights (department of History)