Gabriëlla Vogelaar


Gabriëlla Vogelaar works on the Human Security Programme at the GPPAC Global Secretariat in The Hague. She coordinates and supports GPPAC's knowledge production and fundraising for human security activities and manages different projects, including on civil-military cooperation and strengthening civil society and human security in Mali. Gabriella is co-editor of the publication "Empowerment and Protection – Stories of Human Security" (2014) for which she also authored a chapter on human security methodology, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the book "People Building Peace 2.0" (2011).

Gabriella has worked in the area of conflict prevention and peacebuilding since 2010, and has produced policy papers related to various debates around human security. Before 2012, she was responsible for developing communication and marketing strategies for the online platform "Peace Portal" at GPPAC. She holds a Master's Degree in International Relations from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, where she also studied international law and history, and focused her research on the Iran-US relations and the nuclear issue. She has a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Utrecht, the international honours college of Utrecht University in The Netherlands. Gabriella has the Dutch and Brazilian nationality and speaks several languages.

Summary of her chapter for the Human Security Publication

'It is worthwhile to look more closely at the ‘how' of applying the human security approach towards the local and individual level. While proponents of the human security approach agree that a bottom up, localised approach is important and can be more effective, it is often not sufficiently addressed in the development of strategies or methods. Drawing from the experiences of producing this publication, this chapter reflects on the relevance of a methodology for human security. The authors and the organisations involved share how they conducted the interviews, and some of the challenges they faced in their respective contexts. Their observations regarding methodology are revealing about the levels of fear associated with discussing ‘security' or human security issues. It shows that human security concerns are also part of the process, and not merely an outcome. A focus on methodologies for human security is important, because it has the potential to lead to a better understanding of how to operationalise the human security approach in research, policy and practice.'

Quotes from the Chapter

  • The purpose of the interviews was to give people a chance to talk about what is most important to them.
  • Specific issues that were sensitive in some contexts were ethnicity, political parties, and historical references to conflict dynamics.
  • Methodology should be considered carefully as a way to give meaning to the human security approach in processes that influence policy and practice.
  • To increase the policy relevance, new methods would require moving towards the subnational level to capture and monitor threats to human security which are manifested locally.

Read more about the people behind 'Empowerment and Protection - Stories of Human Security': who they are and where they work. From different regions in the world, they analyse human security threats and needs, based on the research they conducted in their respective countries. All of the authors represent member organisations of the GPPAC network - the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict. Read more about us here.