dr. Niels Terpstra is Assistant Professor at the Utrecht School of Governance (USG) and Advisor at USG Consultancy. His research focuses on questions about governance, legitimacy, security, various forms of violence, insurgency, terrorism, and international relations.
Niels Terpstra has published articles and book chapters with publishers like Taylor & Francis, Cambridge University Press, Wolters Kluwer, and Routledge. In 2018 he was invited by the US Embassy in the Hague to participate as expert in an IVLP program on counterterrorism in the United States. Furthermore, he became a fellow of the Hofvijverkring in the Hague. Niels was awarded a national NWO grant for a four-year PhD research project about governance and legitimacy in conflict-affected areas. In 2013, Niels received the J.C. Baak MA thesis prize for research on the enhancement of peaceful societies, awarded by the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.
Over the past years, Niels was involved in research and advisory projects for the Netherlands Ministry of Justice and Security, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and peace organization PAX, and the Universität der Bundeswehr München.