Anouk van Leeuwen obtained a Research Master’s degree in Latin American Studies (with a focus on (in)security and security management) at Leiden University in 2007. She worked as a junior researcher-advisor for the COT Institute for Safety, Security and Crisis Management in The Hague (2008-2009). Between 2009-2015 Anouk worked at the Sociology Department of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, first as a junior researcher (2009-2011), and then as a PhD Candidate (2011-2015). In March 2016 Anouk defended her PhD thesis entitled ‘Protest! Studies on Protest Politicization, Perceived Protest Atmosphere, and Protest Policing’.