The Flemish Peace Institute is an independent research institute hosted by the Flemish Parliament. It was established in 2004 to conduct scientific research on peace issues and offer its findings to support the activities of the Flemish Parliament. The Institute provides information and documentation and makes recommendations to the Parliament. Its documents address issues that are relevant for policymakers but also for civil society organisations and the public at large. Some of the key publications are translated into English for a wider audience throughout the world.
The Peace Institute examines legislation and policy concerning the international arms trade and monitors events and data on Flemish arms trade and the use of firearms. In an annual report the Institute publishes analyses of data on the import, export, and transit through the region of military materials during the preceding year, with special emphasis on their end-use. The Institute also devotes special attention to the policy of the European Union: the unified defence market, European agreements on export control, and illegal firearms markets in the EU.
Diederik Cops (°1983) studied Criminology and International Politics at the University of Leuven. From 2008 he was a member of the Leuven Institute of Criminology of the same university, where he worked as a researcher at the Youth Research Platform until December 2015. In November 2011 he finalized his PhD on fear of crime in young people. He started working as a researcher at the Flemish Peace Institute in January 2016. He will conduct research in the ‘Arms trade and arms production’ programme, and will mainly focus on the topic of arms export control.
Tine Destrooper - Director
Tine Destrooper is the Director of the Flemish Peace Institute and a member of the Human Rights Center at the University of Ghent. She studied political science and security studies, and specialized in post-conflict transitions from violence to peace. Before joining the Institute, she was a (post)doctoral researcher at the Universities of Leuven, Leiden, Antwerp, New York University and the European University Institute, as well as the director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU’s Law School. At the Flemish Peace Institute she is in charge of the dissemination and valorization of the findings of various research projects.
Nils Duquet (°1980) studied sociology and political sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He joined the Flemish Peace Institute in April 2006. At the Peace Institute he conducts academic and policy oriented research and prepares policy advices. His research focuses on export control of strategic goods, domestic gun policy and illicit arms trafficking.
Kevin Goris - Researcher
Dr. Kevin Goris (°1986) holds both a Master’s degree in Criminology and a Bachelor’s degree in History from the KU Leuven University. In 2014, he successfully defended a doctoral thesis on the recent history of Flemish youth care at the Free University of Brussels. At the Free University of Brussels, he also obtained a Master’s degree in History and a Teaching certificate in the field of Cultural and Social Sciences.
He successively worked as teaching assistant at the Leuven Institute of Criminology (KU Leuven University), researcher at the Crime & Society research group (Free University of Brussels), policy advisor at the Belgian Public Prosecutor’s Office and assistant of a Member of Belgian Federal Parliament in the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee investigating the circumstances of the 22 March 2016 terrorist attacks in Brussels.
In February 2017 he joined the Flemish Peace Institute where he conducts research on firearms, illicit firearms markets and terrorist access to firearms in Belgium and Europe.
Gregory Gourdin - Researcher
Gregory Gourdin (°1978) studied Criminology and Sociology at Ghent University. In May 2013 he received his doctor’s degree in Social Sciences at the University of Leuven with a historical-sociological analysis of the evolution of the relations between medical doctors and management in Belgian hospitals. He is since May 2016 part of the Flemish Peace Institute. He focuses within the program ‘Arms trade and arms production' mainly on the regulation of the arms trade.