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Kato Van Broeckhoven

Senior Fellow (Non-Resident)

Master in Multilingual Professional Communication, the University of Antwerp
Advanced Master in Conflict and Development, Ghent University

Kato Van Broeckhoven is Senior Fellow (Non-Resident) and the former Senior Project Manager of the Managing Exits from Armed Conflict project at the Centre for Policy Research.

Kato Van Broeckhoven was previously Research Officer on the Children and Extreme Violence project, and co-edited Cradled by Conflict: Child Involvement with Armed Groups in Contemporary Conflict together with Dr Siobhan O’Neil.

Prior to joining UNU, Ms Van Broeckhoven worked on city-level programming aimed at preventing violent extremism in Flanders, Belgium. She also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, the World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development, and Columbia University’s Global Policy Initiative. Her work has focused on cities and human mobility, and her research has examined ways to prevent violent extremism.

Ms Van Broeckhoven holds a Master’s degree in Multilingual Professional Communication from the University of Antwerp and an Advanced Master’s degree in Conflict and Development from Ghent University.

Research Interests

  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism



Conflict Exit Data Management and Integration at the United Nations

Advancing MEAC to build the international community’s capacity to effectively support conflict exits going forward.

04 Dec 2020


No Research About Us Without Us: Participatory Policy-Oriented Research With Children and Youth Affected by Conflict

A participatory workshop model to assess the needs of children and youth impacted by conflict.

21 Jan 2020


Children and Extreme Violence: Cradled by Conflict

Understanding child recruitment by armed groups, including terrorist organizations, and identifying obstacles to releasing children from such groups.

01 Feb 2018

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