Flemish Peace Institute

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.

Contact information

Flemish Peace Institute

Leuvenseweg 86
1000 Brussels

Tel: +32 2 552 45 91
Fax: + 32 2 552 44 08
Website: http://www.flemishpeaceinstitute.eu
Mail: vredesinstituut@vlaamsparlement.be

The team

Contacts Resume Speciality
Elke Devroe
Tel: +32 2 552 4599
Elke Devroe (1963) is the Director of the Flemish Peace Institute. She is master in criminology (cum laude, 1988, KULeuven) and was associate professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Department of Governance and Global Affairs, university of Leiden, from 2012-2018. She was teaching in the international master ‘Crisis and Security Management’ the courses ‘Governance of crime and social disorder’, ‘Evidence-based policing’ and ‘Research design’. Her (point) PHD (VU Amsterdam-UGent) (2012) was about the impact of the sociology of control for citizens in urban areas (http://www.maklu.be/link/9789046605196fol.pdf). How does globalisation and its consequences on an economic, social and security level interfere with live-ability, social cohesion, social efficacy and inclusion for citizens in everyday life? What are governance mechanisms that trigger exclusion and push (minority) groups (migrants, Roma’s, poor, refugees, redundant people) to the edge of wellbeing, becoming vulnerable for radicalization processes, violent conflict, organized crime, rioting and social disorderShe is editor-in-chief of the Belgian-Dutch Journal Cahiers Politiestudies (Maklu) and editorial staff member the international Journals the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research and Forensic Research & Criminology International Journal. She is member of the Board of Directors of the Centre of Policing and Security and she taught for more than 20 years the course ‘community policy’ in the Belgian Police Academy. She conducts research on plural policing and the sociology of control from an urban regime theoretical perspective within big metropolises in Europa, the ‘International Policing European metropolises Project’ (PEMP) with 9 different EU countries (https://www.routledge.com/Policing-European-Metropolises-The-Politics-of-Security-in-City-Regions/Devroe-Edwards-Ponsaers/p/book/9780367226534). She also conducts research on oversight on police, urban violence and radicalization etiology and policy. Research interests are the sociology of control in public space in big cities, crime and disorder maintenance, the sociology of the public police and plural policing.
  • Public policy research
Diederik Cops
Tel: +32 2 552 4596
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.
  • Arms control export
  • Arms trade
  • Arms production
Nils Duquet
Tel: +32 2 552 45 92
Nils Duquet is senior researcher at the Flemish Peace Institute. He has been working at the Flemish Peace Institute since 2006 and has authored more than 40 policy-oriented and academic publications on illicit firearms trafficking and gun violence in Europe, domestic gun policies and European arms export controls. He is also the scientific coordinator of Project SAFTE (an international comparative study on terrorist access to illicit gun markets in Europe) and Project DIVERT (an international comparative study on diversion of live-firing firearms in Europe).
  • Arms export control
  • Dual-use export controls
  • SALW
Kevin Goris
Tel: +32 (0)2 552 4593
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.

Quitterie de Labbey
Tel: +32 2 552 4598
Quitterie de Labbey (°1994) is a researcher at the Flemish Peace Institute, currently working on project DIVERT, a comparative research project on the proliferation of firearms in Europe. Quitterie holds a masters degree  in International and European Relations, as well as a masters in Strategy and Risk-Management. She was formerly affiliated as an intern to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP) and the German Federal Ministry of Defence.
  • Arms export control
  • SALW
Matteo Dressler
Tel: +32 2 552 4588
Matteo Dressler (°1988) is a researcher working on project DIVERT. Previously he was a researcher at the Berghof Foundation in Berlin. Due to his Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Uppsala he acquired extensive knowledge on organised crime and armed social violence. He has carried out several research projects on post-conflict governance reform, inclusivity in peace processes, European Union peacebuilding policy and armed social violence.
  • Arms export control
  • SALW