Associates

The following Programme Associates are involved in the Peace Process strand of research on the Political Settlements Research Programme

Robert Forster

Research Analyst

Mr Robert A. Forster is a Research Analyst with the Political Settlements Research Programme at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on questions of inclusion and legitimacy in peace processes and political transitions, with a regional focus on the Middle East.

He graduated first class honours from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and attained a M.Sc.  with distinction from the University of Edinburgh. Previous positions include editor and deputy office manager at a research centre in Cairo, Egypt, in addition to other projects and tasks for Consultancy Africa Intelligence, Peace Direct and Reprieve UK.

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Projects: Conceptualisation, Negotiating Peace, Conceptualising Transformation

Dr Astrid Jamar

Astrid Jamar is a Lecturer at the Open University and Affiliate of PSRP. She has been researching transitional justice in Rwanda and Burundi since 2006 and worked in the field in both countries with several international NGOs and local institutions. She gives overall assistance to the programme, along with research on peace agreements.

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Dr Sahla Aroussi

Programme Associate (PA-X)

Dr Sahla Aroussi is a Research Associate at the University of Coventry. Her research interests lie in the field of gender and conflict, in particular the UN’s agenda on Women, Peace and Security; peace agreements; transitional justice; wartime sexual violence; and gender equality in transitional societies.

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Projects: Peace Processes

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Dr Andrea Birdsall

Programme Associate (PA-X)

Dr Andrea Birdsall is a Lecturer in International Relations and Co-Director of Undergraduate Teaching in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. She is also the Co-Director of the MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security.  Her main research interests lie in the interplay between International Relations and International Law with a particular focus on human rights, international criminal justice and global governance.

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Projects: Peace Processes

 

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Dr Cindy Wittke (Daase)

Programme Associate (PA-X)

Dr Cindy Daase is a Senior Research Fellow (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) with the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz. Her research interests cover internationalised peace agreements between state and non-state parties to settle protracted intra-state conflicts, the role of the United Nations/Security Council, regional organisations, non-state actors, arbitration during the negotiation and implementation of peace agreements.

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Projects: Peace Processes

Dr Sean Molloy

Programme Associate

Sean Molloy is a Research Associate at Newcastle University, having completed his PhD at Edinburgh Law School with the thesis, ‘The Business of Peace: Exploring the Relationship Between Business, Socioeconomic Rights, and Transitional Justice’.

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Sissela Matzner

Sissela Matzner is reading for a PhD at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science (Politics and International Relations). Her thesis is entitled ‘The Politics of Intervention: A Role Theoretical Exploration of Political Parties’ Foreign Policy on Military Intervention in Ongoing Conflicts’, and she is supervised by Professor Juliet Kaarbo and Dr Andrea Birdsall.

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Dr Emmanuel De Groof

Dr Emmanuel De Groof is a scholar in the fields of international law, diplomacy, and development cooperation. His forthcoming book ‘State Renaissance for Peace’ with Cambridge University Press is a treatise on Transitional Governance under International Law. A former Fulbright scholar at NYU Law School and researcher at the European University Institute (EUI), Emmanuel has won various writing and pleading awards. He is a former Law Clerk to Albie Sachs, Policy Advisor at EUI, and Policy Officer at ECDPM. He now works as a diplomat for the Kingdom of Belgium while remaining active in academia as a Guest Lecturer at the University of Maastricht and Visiting Professor at the University of Kigali.