Dr. Michelle Parlevliet is a practitioner-scholar working on the nexus of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, human rights and social justice in various contexts and capacities since 1995, nowadays based in the Netherlands. Aside from working as an independent peacebuilding practitioner, process facilitator and researcher, she also undertakes assignments as an associate for Conciliation Resources and as senior associate for Reos Partners, an international social enterprise that helps people move forward together on complex challenges through systemic, collaborative and creative approaches. Dr. Parlevliet has provided facilitation, training, research and technical assistance to multiple organisations and networks at grassroots and senior policymaking level in Southern and East Africa, South and South-East Asia, and Western Europe, and has authored various professional and academic publications informed by her practical work.
She has previously worked as an academic for the Universities of Amsterdam and Copenhagen (2010-2019), and as senior conflict transformation adviser for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nepal (2006-2009). She worked at the Centre for Conflict Resolution in South Africa (1999-2005), the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1997) and the Prosecutor's Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (1996, 1998). She has consulted for the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, Ministry of Justice and Security, the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law, PAX for Peace (all in the Netherlands); the World Bank (Indonesia), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Council for Human Rights Policy, the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, the Danish Institute for Human Rights, German development agency GIZ, swisspeace and other non-governmental organisations.
She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Human Rights Practice and on the International Advisory Board of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict (University of East London). Michelle holds a PhD in Law, a MA in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam, and a MA in International Peace Studies (University of Notre Dame). After focusing for some twenty years on the interface of human rights and peacebuilding, she is increasingly working on 'bringing peacebuilding home': relating insights and approaches often associated with far-flung conflict-affected contexts to (Western) Europe.