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A.L. van Leeuwen, Mphil

  • Kamernr:2a-83
  • E-mail:a.l.van.leeuwen@vu.nl
  • Onderdeel:faculteit der sociale wetenschappen ( afdeling sociologie )
  • Functie:Promovenda



My PhD research is on contemporary European street demonstrations. I study, inter alia, how police and demonstrators interact, and how demonstrators perceive the protest atmosphere (i.e. mood or climate). For my research, I employ both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

This PhD project is integrated in the international collaborative research network 'Caught in the act of protest: Contextualizing Contestation' (CCC), which gathered a multilevel dataset on 80-100 street demonstrations staged in nine countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom) between 2009 and 2013. For more information on the CCC project, go to: www.protestsurvey.eu.


  • Van Leeuwen, Anouk, Jacquelien van Stekelenburg, and Bert Klandermans. (forthcoming). "The Phenomenology of Protest Atmosphere: A Demonstrator Perspective." European Journal of Social Psychology. Already published online (DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2139).
  • Van Leeuwen, Anouk, Bert Klandermans, & Jacquelien van Stekelenburg. (2015). “A study of perceived protest atmospheres: How demonstrators evaluate police-demonstrator interactions and why”. Mobilization: An International Quarterly, 20 (1): 81-100.
  • Klandermans, Bert, Jacquelien van Stekelenburg, Marie-Louise Damen, Dunya van Troost, & Anouk van Leeuwen. (2014). “Mobilization without organization: The case of unaffiliated demonstrators.”     European Sociological Review, 30 (6): 702-716. 
  • Van Stekelenburg, Jacquelien, Anouk van Leeuwen, & Dunya van Troost. (2013). “Politicized Identity”. Pp. 1220-1224 in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, edited by David     Snow, Donatella della Porta, Bert Klandermans, & Doug McAdam. US: Blackwell.

More publications (Source: METIS VU).


Extracurricular activities

Between 2009 and March 2015 I was the Editorial Assistant for Sociopedia.isa: an online database of ‘state-of-the-art’ review articles in social sciences. Sociopedia.isa is a joint venture of the International Sociological Association (ISA) and SAGE. For more information on Sociopedia.isa, go to: http://www.isa-sociology.org/publ/sociopedia-isa/
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