Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies

Mr L. (Lior) Volinz MA

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    GPIO : Governance and Inclusive Development
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Amsterdam
    Room number: B4.01
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15629
    1001 NC  Amsterdam

Lior Volinz is a PhD candidate within the School for Social Science Research (AISSR) of the University of Amsterdam. His research, as part of the research group 'Public-Private Security Assemblages', focuses on the privatization and pluralization process of security and military functions in Jerusalem and its relations to (re)production of differentiated citizenship in a divided city.  His research, based on a 11-months fieldwork sojourn in Jerusalem, argues for an analytic of the state which highlights how the state is increasingly crafted, and how governance is pursued,  through privatization and pluralization. Lior works within the Centre for Urban Studies and is an associate member of the Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies.

Lior holds a Joint MA degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Stockholm University and the University of Ljubljana (2013, cum laude). He earned his BA in Media and History from Tel Aviv University (2010), and the IB diploma from the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy (2006).

His previous work experience includes writing as a foreign correspondent in Slovenia, as well as research assistant within a project on media coverage at Tel Aviv University. Asides from his academic and professional work, Lior is continuously engaged with several organizations and campaigns to promote the political and social rights of Palestinians and Israelis alike.


Key Publications



Selected Conference Papers and Presentations


  • 'Crafting the State through Security Privatization: Territorialization as a Public-Private State Project in East Jerusalem',  Peace and Conflict Studies Association (PACSA) bi-annual conference, European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA), University of Amsterdam (September 2017)
  • 'Privatized and Pluralized: Modular Security provision with and beyond the State', Exploring the Modular, Material and Performative Politics of Security Panel, American Association of Geographers Annual Conference. Boston,  Massachusetts. (April 2017).
  • ‘Mobility, security and the politics of uncertainty’, Spaces of Security, European Association of Social Anthropologists, bi-annual conference, The University of Milano-Bicocca (July 2016).
  • ‘Not another neighbors’ quarrel': Settlement Compounds, Security Practices and the (Re)Production of Differentiated Citizenships in East Jerusalem’, Contested Cities network International Conference, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (July 2016).
  • ‘Collusion and intrusion: a critical observation into joint Public-Private security operations in East Jerusalem’, Socially Responsible Innovation in Security, workshop, Univeristair Centrum Sint-Igantius Antwerpen (October 2015).
  • ‘Between a checkpoint, a terminal and a border: security practices in Jerusalem’s periphery’, Peace and Conflict Studies Association bi-annual conference, European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA), Goethe University Frankfurt (September 2015).
  • ‘The dual role of the state: Jewish-Israeli settlement compounds in East Jerusalem’, Jerusalem - A city disunited, symposium, University of Amsterdam (February 2015).
  • ‘Securing the ethnocratic city: Public-Private security assemblages in Jerusalem’, Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies annual conference, University of Amsterdam (October 2014).
  • ‘Jerusalem: Securing dominance through Public-Private Security assemblages’, Governance at the edge of the state, workshop, Gent University (September 2014).


Media and policy-papers





  • Grassiani, E., & Volinz, L. (2016). Intimidation, reassurance and invisibility: Israeli security agents in the Old City of Jerusalem. Focaal, 75, 14-30. DOI: 10.3167/fcl.2016.750102  [details] 
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