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Institutional Overview:

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. It is the oldest university in the Netherlands, founded in February 1575, and currently ranks in the top 100 of most international rankings. The University has approximately 27,000 students and 6500 staff members at operates at 2 locations: in Leiden and in The Hague. It consists of 7 faculties: Archaeology, Humanities, Law, Medicine/LUMC (Leiden University Medical Center), Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioural Sciences, and the Campus the Hague. The faculties offer a varied range of bachelor's, master's and PhD programmes. Most master programmes are fully taught in English.

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs of Leiden University was set up in 2016 in order to provide comprehensive and multidisciplinary research, teaching and policy-advice on major issues of security and global affairs. ISGA forms part of FGGA’s strategy of connecting Leiden University to the policy-relevant networks and demands for policy-oriented research, education and training in The Hague. As a result, the Institute promotes a research culture that combines both theory-driven and conceptual research with policy-relevant research projects and publications. By bringing together researchers from different disciplines (such as history, philosophy, political science and international relations, sociology, criminology, psychology, engineering and international law) the Institute promotes a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach.

Introduction of the Coordinator’s Team:

Hi, my name is Joachim Koops, I am e-NOTE’s Coordinator.        
I am a Professor of Security Studies and the Scientific Director of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at the University of Leiden. My passion lies at the intersection of teaching, scholarly research and policy-oriented think tank advice as well as academic management and educational reform. I have been awarded the LISBOAN Award for Outstanding Teaching for the International Affairs capstone course, “From Theory to Policy-Oriented Analysis and Advice“. Prior to joining ISGA, I was the Dean of the Vesalius College of Global Affairs of the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and Research Professor for European and Global Security Affairs at the VUB’s Institute of European Studies.    
Follow me on Twitter: @JoeKoops

Hi, I am Clara Cotroneo, I am a member of e-NOTE’s Coordinator’s Team.     
I am an Associate Fellow of Advance Higher Education (formerly Higher Education Academy, UK), where I am a regular reviewer for two national teaching excellence awards. I am also a PhD student at Leiden’s Faulty of Governance and Global Affairs. With background experience in teaching and higher education management, I am also a course expert at the European Institute for Public Administration, in Maastricht (The Netherlands) where I teach and coordinate the strategic work for the provision of executive training, both online and offline.

Follow me on Twitter: @CotroneoClara

Hi, my name is Alisa Kerschbaum, I am e-NOTE’s Project Manager and responsible for the management, finances and administrative aspects of e-NOTE. 

I am a Researcher and member of the newly developed Research Support Unit at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University. Having a strong inter-disciplinary background in International Law and Politics, I am particularly interested in cross-faculty approaches to teaching excellence. My research focuses on environmental peacebuilding, the management of natural resources in conflict-affected regions (with a focus on corporate actors) and good governance. Prior to joining ISGA, I was a Researcher at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University, where I worked on the Research and Advice Project ‘Implementing the Protection of Civilians Concept in UN Peace Operations’ financed by the German Ministry of Defence.

Follow me on Twitter: @A_Kerschbaum