Arno Van Rensbergen is a Belgian freelance journalist.

During his studies in history and international politics at the University of Antwerp he developed an interest in journalism. He was editor-in-chief at Verrekijkers magazine, a quarterly magazine on development cooperation, culture and international politics. He is project manager for the journalist collective The Caravan’s Journal, where he follows democratization processes around the world.


Arno Van Rensbergen

Supported projects

Travelling to Iceland with the Belgica

  • Innovation
  • Technology

GALWAY - For months now, the North Atlantic has been plagued by extreme heat waves. The new high-tech research vessel the Belgica is sailing to the polar regions for the first time to document and investigate the effects of climate change in the oceans. Journalists Arno Van Rensbergen and Johannes De Bruycker went on board for a week.

Is there still a future for Svalbard?

  • Environment
LONYEARBYEN - The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard is warming six times faster than the global average.Natural disasters are threatening residents, while local government is making efforts to limit the damage.

New tension in Northern Ireland

  • Armed conflict
  • Politics

BELFAST - Northern Ireland this week celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. The 1998 peace brought an end to 30 years of civil war between Protestants and Catholics, but unrest seems to have returned in recent years. Northern Ireland politics has been tumbling into one crisis after another since Brexit.

Land without people

  • Armed conflict
  • Politics

SARAJEVO - Thirty years after the start of the civil war, Bosnia and Herzegovina is once again in troubled waters. The fragile balance between Bosniaks, Serbs and Croat Bosnians risks being disrupted by political instability.


  • Human Rights
  • Politics

ORANIA - Until thirty years ago, white Afrikaners dominated South Africa, today they feel like a threatened minority. The monopoly on agricultural land is disappearing, their culture is under pressure and many feel unsafe in the big cities. More and more Afrikaners are turning their backs on the rainbow nation. In Orania, the country's most contested village, they want to preserve their identity.

Living at the border

  • Human Rights
  • Migration

MELILLA - The Spanish enclave of Melilla, geographically part of Africa, politically part of the European Union, is located on Morocco's northern coast. The border between the continents here consists of a triple fence with countless pits and guard posts.

Persian Picnics

  • Culture
  • Religion

IRAN - The Iranians are caught between two fires today. On the one hand they suffer the American sanctions, on the other hand there are many domestic issues to overcome. During the "Nowruz" period, we investigated this stifling position with various teams across Iran. The story about Nowruz transcends borders and identities.