Daniel Blocq is a lecturer in the sociology of law at the Van Vollenhoven Institute.
Daniel Blocq is a lecturer in the sociology of law at the Van Vollenhoven Institute. He received his PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. Daniel’s research concentrates on the behavior of individuals and groups in contexts of political violence. Within those contexts, Daniel specifically examines how people make decisions when confronted with severe uncertainty – that is, uncertainty about the state of the world, and about the intentions underlying actions of others.
The empirical bases for his research are diverse. For his PhD, Daniel studied the response of civilians to insurgent violence during the early years of the civil war in southern Sudan (1983-1989). At present, he is working on a project related to the denunciation of (alleged) collaborators during the purge of public officials after WWII in the Netherlands. In addition, he is engaged in research on the survival of Dutch soldiers during the decolonization war in Indonesia. Before he started his PhD, Daniel studied law at the University of Amsterdam, served in the Dutch armed forces, and operated as a UN military observer in Sudan.