NIOD conducts interdisciplinary research, from a historical approach, into the effects of war and large-scale violence in the 20th and 21st century on society.

Initially, NIOD focused on research into the Second World War in the Netherlands and its overseas territories. Today, the Second World War is part of a broader range of research topics. Using its extensive expertise, NIOD has opted for a more international orientation, with a focus on Europe and Asia. It is our aim to give academia and society insight into important developments in recent history in a global context.

‘States of War: Experience, Redress, Reflection’

NIOD Research Agenda 2020-24

The NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies has prepared a new Research Agenda for 2020-2024. This text formulates the mission and aims of the NIOD Research Department. The purpose is to enhance the NIOD’s position as an agenda-setting, international player in the field of research, while staying in close touch with Dutch society and its international environment. The NIOD’s ambition for the upcoming years is to link the urgent questions of the present with providing new perspectives to the recent and often discomforting past.

In 2018, this ambition and strategy have been deliberated with the international Standard Evaluation Protocol-founded assessment committee and reconfirmed. Along the lines of the recommendations of the assessment committee and the subsequent advice of the KNAW/NWO Portfolio Committee, the staff commits itself to work towards reaching scholarly excellence in its field of work.

The present Agenda has been discussed with the Scientific Advisory Board of the KNAW – Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. Presently, the members of the Committee are:

  • Professor Nico Schrijver (Leiden University, President);
  • Professor Berber Bevernage (Ghent University);
  • Professor Liesbeth van der Grift (Utrecht University);
  • Professor  Christina Morina (Bielefeld University);
  • Professor Herman Paul (Leiden University).

September 2020,

Professor Peter Romijn, Head of Research, NIOD

Research Agenda 2020-2024

If you want to know more about NIOD’s research programme download the Research Agenda 2020-2024.