In early March 2020, the National Directorate for Practice-Oriented Research SIA (SIA Directorate), part of NWO, awarded a research grant to Daan Weggemans of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs.
The subsidy of € 30,000, to which Leiden Kennisstad also contributes, has been allocated for the research proposal “Integrated Learning: From the lecture hall to practice and back” along the research scheme of ‘city deal kennis maken‘.
Daan Weggemans; ‘This subsidy will be used to bring safety practice and our academic education closer together. It offers students the unique opportunity to learn from professionals, and vice versa. ‘
Integrated Learning: From the lecture hall to practice and back again
Integrated learning is all about combining the knowledge students acquire in the classroom – both methodologically and theoretically – with “real-life” issues for existing organizations for which a solution must be devised. How can students contribute to stimulating behavioral change for a safer society?
This project focuses on the further development of an innovative form of education with this starting question. Students learn important relevant skills and the acquired insights and developed artifacts are “brought back” to relevant organizations and can thus play a role in the (local) security context.
Research Scheme ‘City Deal Kennis Maken’
Within this scheme, researchers and lecturer-researchers associated with the knowledge institutions participating in the ‘city deal kennis maken’ will be given the opportunity to carry out short-term (maximum 12 months) research projects within the theme of rich learning environments. They then share the knowledge gained with the national network of the ‘city deal kennis maken’.
Daan Weggemans MSc is programme director of the BSc Security Studies and researcher at the Institute for Security and Global Affairs. He conducts research into the deradicalisation and reintegration processes of violent extremists, and new terrorism strategies and technologies.