People

Meet the Programme Team

Professor Christine Bell, FBA

Programme Director, Steering Committee

Professor Christine Bell is Assistant Principal (Global Justice), Co-Director, Global Justice Academy, and Professor of Constitutional Law, School of Law, University of Edinburgh.

Her research interests lie in the interface between constitutional and international law, gender and conflict, and legal theory, with a particular interest in peace processes and their agreements. She is the Principal Director of the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP).

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Projects: Conceptualisation, Negotiating Peace, Conceptualising Transformation

Themes Coordinator: Conceptualising, Peace Processes

Dr Harriet Cornell

Development Officer, Steering Committee

Dr Harriet Cornell is the Development Officer of the Global Justice Academy and the PSRP. With an academic background in History, her interest in global justice stems from her research on power, authority, law and the state in early modern Scotland, including the implications of ‘Statecraft’ for the lives of ordinary people.

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Dr Sanja Badanjak

Postdoctoral Researcher

Sanja Badanjak is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the project, based at the University of Edinburgh. She focuses on implementation of tools of quantitative research methodology in the area of political settlements.  Her research interests include institutional theory, research design, quantitative methodology in political science, parties and party systems, with a particular interest in established democracies’ responses to intensifying political and economic cross-national integration.

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Dr Claire Duncanson

Researcher

Dr Claire Duncanson is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. Claire’s research interests lie at the intersection of international security, IR theory and gender politics. She is involved in and advises the gender theme projects of GJA.

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Themes: Gender

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

Research Assistant

Astrid Jamar is the Research Assistant with 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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Projects: Conceptualisation, Negotiating Peace, Conceptualising Transformation

Professor Tobias Kelly

Researcher

Professor Tobias Kelly is the Head of Social Anthropology and a Professor of Social Anthropology at the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include human rights, political and legal anthropology, and modern British cultural history.

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Projects: Conceptualising transformation

Professor Fiona Mackay

Researcher

Professor Fiona Mackay is the Head of the School of Social and Political Science and a Professor of Politics at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the impact of gender reform efforts during periods of restructuring and institutional change, addressing gender inequality and gender justice.

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Projects: Engendering Institutions, Women’s Activism

Dr Zoe Marks

Researcher

Dr Zoe Marks is a Chancellor’s Fellow, a Lecturer at the Centre of African Studies and the Director of the MSc in African Studies Programme at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on conflict and civil war, armed groups, gender relations, and post-conflict development in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Projects: Armed Actors and Power, Engendering Institutions, Women’s ActivismGender and Political Settlements

Dr Sean Molloy

Research and Communications Assistant

Sean Molloy  has recently 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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Dr Jan Pospisil

Researcher

Dr Jan Pospisil is a Post-Doctoral Researcher with Political Settlements Research Programme at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are international security- and development policy, resilience, state legitimacy, state fragility and statebuilding, peace processes and theories of International Relations.

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Projects: Conceptualisation, Negotiating Peace, Conceptualising Transfornation

 

Dr Mathias Thaler

Researcher

Dr Mathias Thaler is a Chancellor’s Fellow and Lecturer in Political Theory at the School of Social and Political Science and also the Deputy Director of the Global Justice Academy at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on political violence and global justice, using as a general framework of the philosophy of judgment.

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Projects: Negotiating Peace

Laura Wise

Research Analyst

Laura Wise is a Research Analyst with the PSRP. Her research examines national and ethnic minority politics in post-conflict societies, with a particular focus on the Western Balkans.

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Projects: Conceptualisation, Negotiating Peace, Conceptualising Transformation

Dr Asanga Welikala

Researcher

Dr Asanga Welikala is Lecturer in Public Law at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh, and Associate Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law. His research interests lie broadly in comparative constitutional law, applied constitutional theory, and Commonwealth constitutional history, and more specifically in the constitutional accommodation of national pluralism. He is involved in and advises the peace processes and concepts theme projects of GJA.

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Themes: Peace ProcessesConceptualising

Dr Jonathan Cohen

Researcher, Steering Committee

Jonathan Cohen is Executive Director of Conciliation Resources, where he has been Director of Programmes since 2008 overseeing all Conciliation Resources’ regional programmes.

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Projects: Practice Labs, Women’s ‘Success’, Nepal, Afghanistan, Ethiopian-Ogaden, Borderlands

Theme Co-Coordinator: Transformation

 

 

Dr Alexander Ramsbotham

Researcher

Dr Alexander Ramsbotham is Head of Accord and Series Editor, Conciliation Resources. He worked as specialist adviser to the House of Lords European Union (EU) Select Committee in its inquiry into the EU Strategy for Africa. Before that he was Head of the Peace and Security Programme at the United Nations Association-UK. He is responsible for the production of Accord and related products, as well as the dissemination across Conciliation Resources’ projects.

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Projects: Practice Labs, Women’s ‘Success’, Nepal, Afghanistan, Ethiopian-Ogaden, Borderlands

Theme Coordinator: Transformation

Dr Zahbia Yousuf

Researcher, Steering Committee

Dr Zahbia Yousuf is the Peacebuilding Editor and Analyst at Conciliation Resources. She completed her PhD in 2010 at the Department of War Studies, Kings College London, focussing on Comparative Peace Processes in Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine and Kashmir.

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Projects: Practice Labs, Women’s ‘Success’, Nepal, Afghanistan, Ethiopian-Ogaden, Borderlands

Theme Co-Coordinator: Transformation

Dr Jakkie Cilliers

Researcher, Steering Committee

Dr Jacobus (Jakkie) Cilliers is the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and Head of the African Futures and Innovation Section in Pretoria, South Africa. At present, his main interests relate to Africa’s emerging security architecture as well as issues around Africa’s long-term future.

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Projects: Measuring Success and Failure

Theme Co-Coordinator: Measurement

Steve Hedden

Researcher

Mr Steve Hedden is a Researcher in the African Futures and Innovation Section at the Institute for Security Studies. He is also a Research Fellow for the Frederick S. Pardee Centre for International Futures at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He supports the ISS measurement project with a focus on datasets and the use of the International Futures (IFs) forecasting model.

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Projects: Measuring Success and Failure

Amanda Lucey

Researcher

Ms Amanda Lucey is a senior researcher in the Conflict Management and Peacebuilding division in the ISS Pretoria office.

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Projects: Measuring Success and Failure

Dr Jonathan D. Moyer

Researcher

Dr Jonathan Moyer is the Associate Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures and Research Fellow at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is responsible for quality control, in particular with regards to data analysis and modelling relying on the International Futures (Ifs) forecasting model.

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Projects: Measuring Success and Failure

 

Dr Julia Schünemann

Researcher, Steering Committee

Dr Julia Schünemann is a Senior Researcher and Project Leader for the African Futures Project. She has previously worked as an independent consultant and researcher with a focus on peace- and statebuilding, state fragility, security, conflict prevention and early warning.

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Projects: Measuring Success and Failure

Theme Co-Coordinator: Measurement

Mark Bradbury

Researcher, Steering Committee

Mark Bradbury is the Horn of Africa and East Africa Regional Director of the Rift Valley Institute at the Nairobi office. He is a social analyst with 20 years’ experience in international development and humanitarian aid.

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Projects: Stabilisation and Political Settlements

Theme Co-coordinator: Conflict

Connor Clerke

Researcher

Connor Clerke started working with the Rift Valley Institute in February 2016. He holds a BA in International Development from the University of Guelph and an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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Projects: Armed Actors and Public Authority, Stabilisation

John Ryle

Researcher

Mr John Ryle is the Executive Director of Rift Valley Institute and Legrand Ramsey Professor of Anthropolgy at Bard College, New York. He has worked as a long-term social researcher in Sudan and Brazil, as a regional analyst for aid and human rights organizations in Africa and the Middle East, and as a writer, editor and broadcaster worldwide. John is responsible for managing the overall delivery of RVI projects.

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Projects: Armed Actors and Public Authority, Stabilisation

Michel Thill

Researcher, Steering Committee

Mr Michel Thill is Great Lakes Programme Manager at RVI in London, and a part-time PhD student in Political Science with the Conflict Research Group at Ghent University.

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Projects: Armed Actors and Public Authority, Stabilisation

Theme Co-Coordinator: Conflict

Dr Kris Brown

Researcher

Dr Kris Brown lectures in Politics at Ulster University, and is a researcher in the Transitional Justice Institute. Kris’s research interests focus on commemoration in deeply divided societies, especially its interaction with transitional justice, victimhood, conflict narratives, political symbols, and national identities.  Other research interests include ethno-nationalism, Ulster Loyalism, and modern Irish Republicanism. Kris has published in journals such as the International Journal of Transitional Justice, Human Rights Review, Irish Political Studies and the Journal of Intervention and State Building. He has conducted field research on commemoration and sites of memory in Lebanon, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Berlin, and amongst the Tamil diaspora.

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Themes: Gender

Professor Monica McWilliams

Researcher

Professor Monica McWilliams is Professor of Women’s Studies. She was formerly the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (2005-2011) and responsible for delivering the advice on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. Her published work focuses on domestic violence, human security and the role of women in peace processes.

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Projects: Gender and Violence

 

Professor Louise Mallinder

Researcher

Professor Louise Mallinder is a Professor of Human Rights and International Law at the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI). Her research interests include amnesty laws, transitional justice, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, restorative justice, database research and socio-legal research.

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Projects: Amnesties, Lawyers

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Researcher, Steering Committee 

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin is a co-founder and Professor of Law and Associate Director at the Transitional Justice Institute. She holds a dual appointment with the University of Minnesota Law School, US where she is the Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy and Society. Her teaching and research interests are in the fields of international law, human rights law, national security law, transitional justice, and feminist legal theory. She is a core steering group member, and responsible for the delivery of TJI projects.

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Projects: Gender and Political Settlements

Theme Co-Coordinator: Gender

 

Dr Catherine O’Rourke

GenderResearcher, Steering Committee 

Dr Catherine O’Rourke is a Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and International Law at the Transitional Justice Institute. Catherine research interests covers engagement by women’s movements with transitional justice processes, the gendered outcomes of transitional justice processes and gender and reparations. She is active in local feminist politics in Belfast, especially on issues of gender, dealing with the past and reproductive rights. Catherine is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of TJI projects.

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Projects: Negotiating PeaceGender and Political SettlementsGender Norms

Theme Co-coordinator: Gender

Elish Rooney

Researcher

Ms Elish Rooney is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies at University of Ulster and a member of the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI). Her research focus is feminist intersectionality theory and women’s equality in post-conflict societies. Eilish is responsible for the development of toolkits associated with gender research projects, and contributes to research uptake and dissemination.

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Theme: Gender

Dr Aisling Swaine

Researcher

Professor Aisling Swaine is an Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University and an Associate with the TJI.  Aisling’s research focuses on examining connections and distinctions in conflict-related violence against women across pre-, during and post-conflict contexts such as Liberia, Timor-Leste and Northern Ireland.  She also researches on the UN Security Council’s women, peace and security agenda and on related state action plans.

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Projects: Gender and Violence