Award MA Thesis Prize "Visions on Peace" 2016

09 Jan 2017  On 9 December 2016 the MA Thesis prize "Visions on Peace" has been awarded to Johannes Chincilla for his thesis on "Growing Sustainable Peace: Starting at the Roots? A case study on the influence of grassroots leadership and top-down infrastructure interventions on local peacebuilding processes in Medellin (Colombia)"

The prize was handed out for the 9th time and was combined with the awarding of the new HBO Peace in Practice Research Award. The event took place at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (Haagse Hogeschool).


The ceremonies were preceded by a keynote speech by Hugh Pope, Director of Communications & Outreach at International Crisis Group. He delivered a speech on "Turkey and a Region in Crisis - How diplomacy can be made to work better".


Ewoud Goudswaard, Director at ASN Bank, handed over a symbolic cheque of € 1500 to the winner Johannes Chincilla. Johannes studied at University of Amsterdam, International Development Studies. The summary of his thesis may be downloaded from the box at the right side of this page.


The other two nominees were:

  • Melanie van der Lem:
    "The Divergent Trajectories of Corporation – Community Mining Conflicts in Peru"
    Leiden University, Politics – Conflict and Cooperation
  • Marieke Schöning:
    "To be or not to be political: Questions to international development discourse through an investigation of active youth citizenship among young, educated Syrians in Beirut"

    University of Amsterdam, International Development Studies

This year 42 applications were submitted. The selection of the nominees and the choice for the winner was made by an independent jury in a fully anonymous way. Members of this year's jury were:

  • Dr Tom Sauer (Chairman), Associate Professor in International Politics, Dept. of Political Science, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Dr Lidewyde Berckmoes, Postdoc Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, Amsterdam 
  • Dr Erin Wilson, Director of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen

The decision of the jury is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


The jury report was presented by Tom Sauer and may be downloaded from the box at the right side of this page.


The MA Thesis Prize is organised by Stichting Vredeswetenschappen (Dutch Foundation for Peace Studies) in co-operation with the University for Peace Centre The Hague.


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Thesis Prizes Awards, 9 December 2016, The Hague. Fotograaf: Inge van den Broek
09 Dec 2016