Dr. Julia Hoffmann is AUC's Head of Studies for the Social Sciences.
Dr. Julia Hoffmann holds degrees in both International Communication (M.Sc., cum laude) and International Law (LL.M., cum laude). She received her PhD from Amsterdam University in 2009.
In her academic life, she has taught International Communication and Conflict & Media at UvA and Erasmus University (Rotterdam) and served as Assistant Professor Human Rights, Media and Conflict at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica.
Her work as trainer and researcher for UNESCO and various NGOs brought her to Central America, Hong Kong and the Africa Great Lakes region.
Before joining AUC, she worked for the international development organisation Hivos. There, she led the development of data-based advocacy programmes to increase transparency and accountability across Latin America, South East Asia, and Eastern and Southern Africa. This included All Eyes on the Amazon, which aims to empower indigenous peoples to protect their rights in the Amazon, aided by the latest technologies.
Most recently, she headed Hivos’ global Strategy & Innovation team and developed its Digital Futures Agenda.
She is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Dutch League for Human Rights and NWO’s (Dutch Research Council) Joint SDG Research Programme and of the Ethics Board of DATAActive/The Politics of Data according to Civil Society.
Her research interests focus on the nexus of communication technologies, human rights and conflict. She has served on the Editorial Board of the International Communication Gazette (SAGE). Publications include Communication and Peace. Mapping an emerging Field (2015, Routledge, co-edited) and The Responsibility to Protect. From Principle to Practice (2012, Amsterdam University Press, co-edited).