Manon Tiessink

​Project Officer

Manon Tiessink was born in Sri Lanka and raised in the Netherlands. She studied at Leiden University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies, with a specialization in Globalization. She was then Awarded a scholarship to enroll for a social research master’s program with a focus on International Migration, Human Rights and Democratization. As part of her studies, she spent semesters at the University of Amsterdam, University Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, and University College Dublin.

In addition to academic experiences she gained additional experience as a policy officer during an internship at the Immigration and Naturalisation Services of the Netherlands Ministry of the Interior and Kingdoms Relations. Then she worked as a freelance researcher for the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights on a project about the Human Rights treatment of third country nationals at Europe’s external borders.

Since finishing her studies, Manon worked as a junior lecturer at the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies of Leiden University where she taught the introductory courses Development Studies and Cultural Analysis from September 2012 to January 2013. In addition, she worked as an intern assisting UNHCR’s Head of Office in The Hague with refugee protection and asylum matters until the end of January 2013.

Since 1 February 2013, she has been working for the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law at The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

Topical Expertise: International migration, migration policy; Refugees; International development; Globalization; Qualitative research/social sciences; Cultural analysis


Area of Focus/Interest

Human Rights, International Justice, Migration

Current Projects

Recent Work


Irregular Migration and Global Justice

At a roundtable on the subject in December 2013, The Hague Institute convened a group of director-level officials from government, international organizations, and civil…

Freedom House

Not In My Backyard: The European Refugee Crisis

European Union member states are ‘burden-shifting’ rather than ‘burden-sharing’ when it comes to the management of the recent influx of refugees. Instead of approaching the…