van Eck Duymaer van Twist, Amanda

Dr Amanda van Eck Duymaer van Twist  


Position held

Non LSE positions held

Kings College London



Experience keywords:

Children in New Religions; Cults; Minority Religions; New Religious Movements; Sociology of Religion

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Amanda is the Deputy Director of Inform (

Her doctoral research, completed at the LSE in the Department of Sociology, examined the second generation of sectarian movements and the impact their segregated childhoods have had, and is due to be published with Oxford University Press.

Notable research projects have included issues regarding health and education within sectarian religious groups, contemporary possession beliefs, radical beliefs and practices within minority religions and methodological complexities when undertaking sensitive research, among other interests.

She is currently working on an edited volume on the topic of fraud in minority religions, in the Ashgate/Inform series on minority religions and spiritual movements.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Europe; North America


Dutch [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; French [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Intermediate]

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+44 (0)2079557654

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+44 (0)207 955 7677

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Fancis, Matthew and van Eck Duymaer van Twist, Amanda (2015) Religious literacy, radicalisation and extremism In: Dinham, Adam and Francis, Matthew, (eds.) Religious Literacy in Policy and Practice. Policy Press, Bristol, UK. ISBN 9781447316657

Van Eck Duymaer van Twist, Amanda (2015) Perfect children: growing up on the religious fringe Oxford University Press, New York, USA. ISBN 9780199827787


van Eck Duymaer van Twist, Amanda (2014) Religion in England In: Funkschmidt, Kai, (ed.) Mit welchem Recht? Europäisches Religionsrecht im Umgang mit neuen religiösen Bewegungen. EZW-Texte (234). Evangelische Zentralstelle für Weltanschauungsfragen, Berlin, 74-90.

Van Eck Duymaer van Twist, Amanda, ed (2014) Minority religions and fraud: in good faith Ashgate Inform series on minority religions and spiritual movements. Ashgate Publishing, London, UK. ISBN 9781472409126


Van Eck Duymaer van Twist, Amanda (2010) Children in new religions: contested duties of care International Journal for the Study of New Religions, 1 (2). 183-206. ISSN 2041-9511


Van Eck Duymaer van Twist, Amanda (2009) Beliefs in possession In: La Fontaine, Jean, (ed.) The Devil's Children: From Spirit Possession to Witchcraft: New Allegations That Affect Children. Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, UK, 13-26. ISBN 9780754667339


Van Eck Duymaer van Twist, Amanda (2008) Growing up in contemporary sectarian movements: an analysis of segregated socialization doctoral thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science

Van Eck Duymaer van Twist, Amanda (2008) Administrative and financial matters in the area of religious freedom and religious communities In: Cepar, Drago and Ivanc, Bla, (eds.) Legal Aspects of Religious Freedom: International Conference, 15–18 September 2008. Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Religious Communities, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 476-495. ISBN 978969243916

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