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Naomi van Stapele

Professor in Inclusive Education, Hague University of Applied Sciences

Naomi van Stapele is a professor in 'Inclusive Education' at the Centre of Expertise Global and Inclusive Learning at THUAS, The Netherlands. Her long-term collaborative research with gangs and social justice activists in East-Africa and Europe focuses on gangs, masculinities, lived experiences of police violence, inclusive education, community organizing and transforming authority. Naomi has published peer-reviewed research articles in: AFRICA, Journal of Eastern African Studies, The European Journal of Development Research, Policing, Environment and Planning D. Society and Space, Conflict, Security and Development, and others. She also published peer reviewed chapters in several handbooks, such as: The Political Economy of Gangs in a Global Perspective, The Oxford Handbook of Kenyan Politics, The Handbook on Gender and Sexuality in Africa and Policing the Urban Periphery in Africa. She is now currently working on a book together with social justice activists about community organising against police violence in Kenya. Before becoming Professor at THUAS, she was Assistant Professor 'Urban Governance and Development' at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Netherlands. She received her PhD on gangs, work and manhood with Honours, at the University of Amsterdam.


  • –present
    Lector, Inclusive Education, Hague University of Applied Sciences