I spent 15 years researching all kinds of interventions, policies and organizations in the social and security domain. These include (anti)radicalization, crime, undermining, youth care, parenting, citizenship. Although I no longer conduct (evaluation) research myself, I find it important to share my research work. After all, by using existing knowledge we can make more effective social and security policies. 

Professional Publications

Scientific publications

  • Gielen, Amy-Jane (2020), Evaluating Countering Violent Extremism. Evaluating Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  • Gielen, Amy-Jane (2020). Deradicalisation in the Benelux. A variety of local approaches. In: Stig Jarle Hansen & Stiad Lid. Routledge Handbook of Deradicalisation and Disengagement.London: Routledge.
  • Gielen, Amy-Jane and Annebregt Dijkman (2019). "Evidence-Based Informed Policy Design for Support Groups for Families of Foreign Fighters: Ex Ante Application of Realistic Review and Realist Evaluation,". Journal for Deradicalization., Vol. 20, pp. 232 - 271.
  • Gielen, Amy-Jane (2018a), "Exit Programs for Female Jihadists: A Proposal for Conducting a Realistic Evaluation of the Dutch Approach," International Sociology, pp. 1-18.
  • Gielen, Amy-Jane (2017a), "Countering Violent Extremism. A Realist Approach for Assessing What Works, for Whom, in What Circumstances and How?" Terrorism & Political Violence., pp. 1-19.
  • Gielen, Amy-Jane (2017b). "Evaluating countering violent extremism," In: Lore Colaerts (eds). 'Deradicalization. Scientific insights for a Flemish policy. Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
  • Gielen, Amy-Jane & Ron van Wonderen (2013). "Anti-radicalization policies: doing things right or doing the right things?" Journal of Security, 4 (12), pp. 56-69.
  • Uitermark, Justus, Amy-Jane Gielen & Marcel Ham (ed.) (2012). What really works? Politics and practice of social interventions. Amsterdam; Van Gennep.
  • Gielen, Amy-Jane (2011). "The challenges and (im)possibilities of indicators for policy," Presented at Political Science Dinner, Amsterdam June 9-10, 2011
  • Gielen, Amy-Jane and John Grin (2010). "The meanings of evidence-based practice and the nature of evidence. " In: Dries Verlet and Carlos Devos (ed). Efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector in the balance. Brussels: Study Service of the Flemish Government.
  • Uitermark, Justus and Amy-Jane Gielen (2010). "Islam in the spotlights.The mediatisation of politics in an Amsterdam neighborhood. " Urban Studies, 47 (6), pp. 1325-1342.
  • Gielen, Amy-Jane and Gerd Junne (2008). "Evaluation of anti-radicalization projects. How do you measure whether radicalization is countered? " In: Dries Verlet and Carlos Devos (ed). On policy evaluation: from theory to practice and back. Brussels: Study Service of the Flemish Government.
  • Gielen, Amy-Jane (2008). Radicalization and Identity. Radical right-wing and Muslim youth compared. Amsterdam: Aksant.

Opinions & Interviews


Published in 2012 by Justus Uitermark, Amy-Jane Gielen and Marcel Ham (ed.):

What really works?
Politics and practice of social interventions

In What Really Works, prominent authors examine the best and worst interventions in crime, youth, health, employment reintegration and social policy. What do the databases tell us about them? The book zooms in on exemplary examples of successful interventions. What is the best way to re-engage vulnerable and lonely people in society? Does fish oil help against aggression? Do children get worse or better grades at school by playing lots of sports? What policies work against homelessness? Are the methods repeatable? And who actually determines what effectiveness means or how it can be proven? Read more about the book on the website, where the book can also be ordered.

In 2008, Amy-Jane Gielen published through Aksant Publishing:

Radicalization and identity
Radical right-wing and Muslim youth compared

The murder of Theo van Gogh caused a shock wave in the Netherlands. Radical Muslims also appeared to be present in our cities. Who are these young people and what factors have led to their radicalization process, was a question that was widely felt. Research that attempted to answer these questions cited various factors at the international, socioeconomic and socio-psycholoigical levels that would lead to radicalization. Amy-Jane Gielen turns her attention to an underexposed aspect in these studies: the search for identity. In doing so, she looks not only at radicalized Muslim youth but also at a group that is regularly forgotten: radical right-wing youth. She concludes with a few chapters on measures the government could take to combat radicalization. Evaluations of a few activities from the Slotervaart action plan to combat radicalization are included.

Interested? You can order the book from any bookstore, including, Bruna & Publisher Aksant