Niels Terpstra is Assistant Professor at the Utrecht School of Governance (USG) and Policy Advisor at USG Consultancy.

His research focuses on political violence, terrorism, governance, legitimacy, international cooperation, and (inter)national security.

Academically, Niels has published articles and book chapters with publishers like Taylor & Francis, Cambridge University Press, Wolters Kluwer, and Routledge. Over the past years, he combined the work on his dissertation with several advisory and evaluation projects. He was involved in projects for the Netherlands Ministry of Justice and Security, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and peace organization PAX. In 2018 he was invited by the US Embassy in the Hague to participate as expert in an IVLP program on (counter)terrorism in the United States. Niels has further commented at various occasions on political developments in Afghanistan on NPO Radio 1 and in several Dutch national newspapers.

Niels Terpstra recently finished his dissertation at the History of International Relations and Conflictstudies section of the History Department of Utrecht University. The public defense of his dissertation will take place early 2021. In 2018 he received the Hofvijverkring Fellowship. Niels was awarded a national NWO grant for a four-year PhD research project in 2016. For his MA thesis Niels received the J.C. Baak MA thesis prize for research on the enhancement of peaceful societies in 2013, awarded by the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.