Fransje Molenaar

Senior Research Fellow


  • Conflict and Fragility
  • Politics and Crime
  • Migration


  • Americas
  • Sub Saharan Africa

Fransje Molenaar is a Senior Research Fellow with Clingendael’s Conflict Research Unit. Her academic background in Latin American politics has left her with the desire to understand the intersection between organised crime and political life and of how this often leaves society as a whole worse off. She currently applies this lens to the study of the human smuggling industry in Africa, with a particular focus on the Sahel and Libya.

Fransje obtained a PhD in Political Science form Leiden University. Her appointment as one of the Royal Netherlands Association of Arts and Sciences’ (KNAW) Faces of Science has trained Fransje to translate her research findings into easily digestible and informative products. She has published extensively in the form of academic articles, policy documents, opinion pieces and blogs.

Previous experience

  • Independent political finance consultant for organizations such as International IDEA, Global Integrity, IFES, and NIMD (2012-2016)
  • PhD trajectory at Leiden University (2010-2016)

Recent field research

Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica (2012), Colombia (2013), Mali and Niger (2016), Niger (2017, 2018)

My work



Conflict and Fragility

Improving decentralised natural resource management in the Sahel

29 June 2020 - 10:22
Conflict and Fragility

Améliorer la gestion des ressources naturelles au Sahel

29 June 2020 - 01:52
Conflict and Fragility

La fin du statu quo ?

19 February 2020 - 15:38
Conflict and Fragility

Legitimacy of traditional authorities: Mali, Niger and Libya

30 September 2019 - 11:21
Conflict and Fragility

Conflict-sensitive and humane migration management in the Sahel

18 December 2018 - 13:41
Conflict and Fragility

A human rights approach to migration governance in the Sahel

12 December 2018 - 16:35
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Refugee deals: migration without humanity?

07 September 2016 - 20:00