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Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS)


The various bodies involved in the administration of LIAS are listed below.

Management team

Academic Directors

Academic Director prof. dr. Ab de Jong is the head of LIAS and as such carries overall responsibility for the institute.
Please use email address: LIASAcademicDirector@hum.leidenuniv.nl to contact the Academic Director.

The Academic Director is directly answerable to the Faculty Board.

Director of Studies

The Director of Studies prof. dr. Rint Sybesma has a leading role in the planning and development of all teaching undertaken by LIAS & LUCSoR members, in various BA, MA, and Research MA programs.
You can contact Rint in his capacity as Director of Studies by using email address Hum - LIAS Onderwijsdirecteur.

Institute Manager

Institute Manager Pia Teeuw has a leading role in budgetary and personnel matters, supports faculty in planning grant applications, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the LIAS Office.

Advisory Council

The webpage for matters related to the Advisory Council can be accessed here.

PhD Council

The LIAS PhD Council represents all PhD students affiliated with the LIAS and promotes their interests.

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The PhD council meets regularly with the management team and has a representative in the Advisory Council. The Council aims to stay informed and to play an active role in developments that may concern PhD students, within LIAS and/or the university at large.

In addition, the PhD Council regularly organizes social events to give PhD students the opportunity to meet their colleagues and peers, in order to enhance a collaborative research environment. These events include regular social drinks, communal lunches and potluck dinners.

If you, as a LIAS PhD student, have questions, suggestions or problems, please do not hesitate to contact us (lias.phd.postdoc.council@gmail.com). We will do our best to assist in finding an answer/solution to your question/problem.

We look forward to seeing you at our academic and social events!

Institute Council

The faculty members of LIAS jointly constitute the Institute Council. The Institute Council is convened by the Academic Director twice yearly, usually in mid-May and early December. These meetings are commonly known as members meetings, and are followed by social events. They provide a forum for discussing the institute‚Äôs current situation and its prospects, and for community-building. PhD students and visitors are also invited to these meetings.

Director of Doctoral Studies

The Director of Doctoral Studies oversees and coordinates the PhD program, and reports to the Management Team. The current director is Maghiel van Crevel.

Confidential Counseling

  • For PhD students: the LIAS confidential counselor is Marije Bedaux.
  • For practical issues that are non-confidential, PhD students can contact Maghiel van Crevel or Nicole van Os
  • For PhD students and Faculty: the confidential counselor on academic integrity, Frits Koning.
  • For PhD students and Faculty: the University-level general confidential counselor ( vertrouwenspersoon), in the Health, Safety & Environment department (071-527 8015).
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