Phie van Rompu is a PhD candidate of the Group Violence Research Project at the Programme Group Cultural Sociology and a member of the AISSR (Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research), the ACCS (Amsterdam Centre for Conflict Studies) and the ESC (European Society of Criminology). She holds a Bachelor in Law (University of Amsterdam) and a Master of Arts in Global Criminology (Utrecht University). Her prime research interests are group dynamics, emotion-regulation, (group) violence, (private) security & stigmatization.
Already at a young age van Rompu took an interest in societal issues. Due to her parents’ expat life she lived in countries such as Vietnam. There, she was confronted with poverty and harsh social marginalization. Back in the Netherlands, these experiences developed into active involvement as a volunteer at homeless shelters and penitentiary institutions.
Her passion for societal issues took further shape when van Rompu started studying Global Criminology in 2015 and decided to write her thesis on the impact of the local and international stigmatization of favela residents in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In order to understand the culture first-hand, and to write a rich and ethnographic master thesis on the impact of different types of narratives, van Rompu lived in one of Rio’s favelas during her fieldwork period. This led to a publication on the global stigmatisation of favela (residents) due to popular culture and a forthcoming article on the positive impact of community-based tourism companies in the favela on the global perception of favelas.
After finishing her studies, van Rompu moved back to one of Rio’s favelas to work as a junior researcher for a research platform (www.rioonwatch.org) that aims to include the perspective of favela residents in research and news articles. While living in the favela, van Rompu developed a fascination for group dynamics, more specifically group dynamics in antagonistic situations, leading to the start of her research on another stigmatized group (night-life security).
Besides her research, she is a passionate teacher in the Bachelor's program for Sociology, something that is well-reflected in outstanding teaching evaluations of the courses 'Sociological Theory 2018-2019 and 2019-2020' and for 'The Violence Project 2019' in the Minor Violence. van Rompu has been actively contributing to the PhD community at the AISSR by serving as PhD Representative of the program group Cultural Sociology (2019-present).
As a PhD candidate in the ERC Group Violence Research Program, Phie van Rompu, aims to understand group dynamics related to de-escalation techniques of professionalized security teams at Dutch night clubs and (mega) events. When, why and how antagonistic situations unfold in (de)escalating escapades is what van Rompu tries to understand from an embodied and emotional perspective.
Although media portraits often describe security officers as overtly aggressive and trigger happy, this research finds that de-escalation is composed of a wide variety of techniques and strategies that often remain unknown to the public due to the subtlety of these actions.
With this ERC funded research, our research project attempts to create a new micro-sociological theory that seeks to explain how group dynamics influence antagonistic situations.
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In 2020-2021 as PhD candidate: