Dr. Lotte Vermeij is a Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Defence University College, where she is currently responsible for a project on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence. From 2015 - 2017 Vermeij was deployed as a Women Protection Advisor to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO). Previous to this, she was the Head of the Peace Capacities Programme and a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI).
Vermeij holds a PhD degree in Disaster Studies (2013) from Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and an MPhil degree in Peace and Conflict Studies (2009) from the University of Oslo. Her research focused on the socialization of child soldiers within African rebel groups, for which she conducted over 700 in-depth interviews with former child soldiers, rebel commanders and war victims.
Vermeij has vast field experience in (post-)conflict zones across the African continent, and her work took place in DR Congo, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Northern Uganda, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone. Her interests include peacekeeping operations, civil war, Protection of Civilians (POC), child protection/children and armed conflict, Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV), Civil-Military Cooperation/Coordination (CIMIC/CMCoord), Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR), armed groups, and peacekeeping training.