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Jacqueline Vel

Senior Researcher

Dr.ir. J.A.C. Vel
+31 71 527 7260

Jacqueline Vel is senior researcher at the Van Vollenhoven Institute of Leiden Law School on the theme of law, governance and development in Indonesia. Since June 2019 she is coordinator at VVI of the project “Strengthening Legal Education in Eastern Indonesia (SLEEI)” funded by NUFFIC’s Orange Knowledge Programme. The project aims to contribute to making legal education in Indonesia become more relevant for supporting the rule of law and providing legal services that common citizens need. Meanwhile she continues her research about agrarian change and how it affects local economies.

Her latest research interest builds on research about the impact of the 2014 Village Law. It also links with her research concerning the strength and weaknesses of customary law in protecting access to land and water. Sumba Island has been Jacqueline’s continuous field work site, from 1984 until present. In that long period Jacqueline has been participating in interdisciplinary research programs at VVI and KITLV, doing research on democratization and local politics, changes in land tenure security, access to justice for the poor, and social and legal aspects of introducing new crops for developing biofuel production in Indonesia.  From 2015 – 2017 she also worked at KITLV as coordinator of the collaborative project ‘Governance, Markets and Citizens‘ of three social sciences and economics research programs concerned with contemporary developments in Indonesia, as part of the Scientific Program Indonesia-Netherlands of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.

Jacqueline obtained her MSc degree in agricultural economics (1983); she worked as a development worker and researcher on Sumba (Indonesia) from 1984-1990.  Her PhD dissertation (1994, Wageningen University, agricultural law department) was entitled "The Uma-economy: indigenous economics and development work in Lawonda, Sumba (eastern Indonesia)", with an Indonesian translation in 2010. Furthermore, she worked as a Policy advisor at ICCO’s South Asia desk (1995-96); as an assistant professor in Development Sociology and Modern Asian History at the University of Amsterdam, and as coordinator of Asian studies in Amsterdam (1997-2006).

Jacqueline is co-supervisor of PhD candidates:
Tody Sasmitha Jiwa Utama
Hertasning Ichlas

Senior Researcher

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Metajuridica
  • Van Vollenhoven Instituut

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number A1.53


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