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Children and youth affected by armed conflict:
where to go from here?

25th - 27th September 2013 | Kampala, Uganda


The Organising Committee

  • Ilse Derluyn, Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations, Department of Social Welfare Studies, Ghent University
  • Lucia De Haene, Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations, Research Unit Education, Culture and Society, KULeuven
  • Gerrit Loots, Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations, Research Unit Interpersonal, Discursive and Narrative Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Eamonn Hanson, Advocacy, Campaigning and Communications, War Child Holland
  • Stephan Parmentier, Leuven Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Wouter Vandenhole, Law and Development Research Group, Faculty of Law, University of Antwerp
  • Benjamin Alipanga, CCVS - Ghent University
  • Kathleen Coppens, CCVS - VUB
  • Lieve Milissen, CCVS-Uganda country coordinator
  • An Verelst, CCVS - Ghent University, CCVS-DRCongo country coordinator
  • Julia Villanueva, CCVS - VUB
  • Sofie Vindevogel, CCVS - Ghent University


  • Ilse Derluyn holds a PhD in Pedagogical Sciences of Ghent University, Belgium, and is Lecturer in Intercultural Pedagogics at the Department of Social Welfare Studies, Ghent University. Her main research areas are: psychosocial wellbeing and mental health of children and adolescents in vulnerable situations in the South and of (young) refugees.

  • Eamonn Hanson started work with War Child Holland in Sierra Leone in August 2008 as “project manager advocacy and communications”. He has worked in post-conflict Sierra Leone for 7 years, as a human rights advisor and communications specialist and currently is coordinating in War Child Holland's Global Advocacy Programme. He has a PhD in Psychology and is specialized in international as well as community based, child led advocacy in post conflict situations.

  • Stephan Parmentier holds a PhD in Law and currently teaches sociology of crime, law, and human rights at the Faculty of Law of the K.U. Leuven. In July 2010, he was appointed Secretary-General of the International Society for Criminology. His research interests include political crimes, transitional justice and human rights, and the administration of criminal justice.

  • Wouter Vandenhole teaches human rights and holds the UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights at the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He is the spokesperson of the Law and Development Research Group and chairs the European Research Networking Programme GLOTHRO. He has published widely on economic, social and cultural rights, children’s rights and transnational human rights obligations.

  • Gerrit Loots is professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and visiting professor at the Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias del Compartamiento (IICC), Departamento de Psicología of the Universidad Católica Boliviana “San Pablo” at La Paz. He is running the research groupInterpersonal, Discursive and Narrative Studies in Psychology and Educational Sciences (IDNS – PE), and co-director of the Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations. His fields of interests are early parent-child interaction, psychosocial wellbeing of children affected by war, migration, poverty and social exclusion, and postmodern family therapy. He has been practising family therapy since many years.


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