Mara van der Meer is a Senior Academy Fellow at Clingendael Institute. She joined Clingendael in June 2013. At Clingendael Academy, she develops training programmes for the multi-annual project "Negotiation Training as a Conflict Resolution Instrument". She specialises in designing training programmes on peace negotiations, in which representatives of groups in conflict and (women) mediators are targeted. In addition, she is a trainer in the fields of inclusiveness in peace negotiations, network analysis, policy writing, and sustainable development negotiations.
Prior to joining the Clingendael Institute, she worked as university lecturer in International Relations at the Department of International Organisations and International Relations of Groningen University (2012-2013). She taught Theory of International Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Academic Writing Skills. Mara specialized in didactic skills and was granted her Basic Education Qualification certificate for this. Previously she worked as project manager of an educational project on freedom of media in Bangkok, in cooperation with the European Union.
Mara graduated from Groningen University with a Master’s degree in International Relations in 2011. During her studies she performed research internships for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, in Vienna and New Delhi.