Liesbeth van der Heide has been a researcher at the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism from 2011 onwards. Her fields of interest are: lawfare; the impact of terrorism trials on state, law and society; security in International Relations; lone wolf terrorism and effective counter-terrorism. She has managed several research projects over the last few years, including research for the Dutch National Police (KLPD) on lone wolf terrorism, research for the Dutch intelligence service (AIVD) regarding reducing fear through crisis communication and a research project for the International Centre for Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) on the impact of the Breivik trial. From 2012 onwards, she has been working as a project coordinator and research assistant for professor Beatrice de Graaf.
She is currently working on her PhD, focusing on the concept of lawfare, and she is coordinating a project for the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice (MinVenJ) on integrity and crime prevention.