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

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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

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.

Robert Forster


Mr Robert Forster is a PhD fellow with Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Bergen, Norway. His current research focuses on urban refugees and refugee governance with particular focus on Tripoli, Lebanon. Research interests include peacebuilding, human rights, forced migration, and governance. Formerly a research associate with the PSRP from 2015-2019, Robert was a core contributor to the PA-X Peace Agreement Database. He was also a researcher on the UN Women project, ‘Enhancing Women’s Leadership for Sustainable Peace in Fragile Contexts in the MENA Region’, and an Edinburgh team member on the Yemeni Voices project. Robert graduated with distinction from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 and with first class honours from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2012 and has studied Arabic in Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan. See Robert’s publications here.

Dr Astrid Jamar

Dr Astrid Jamar is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the Drugs & (dis)order Programme, at SOAS – where she undertakes comparative research on peace processes, drugs, and development issues. She holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Sussex. For over a decade, her research has focused on transitional justice and international aid in the African Great Lakes region. Prior joining SOAS, she was a Lecturer in Development at The Open University (2019-2021), and a researcher within PSRP (2015-2019).”

Dr Sean Molloy

Programme Associate

Dr Sean Molloy is a Lecturer at Northumbria Law School and an affiliate of the Political Settlements Research Programme, University of Edinburgh. He holds a PhD from Edinburgh University and degrees from Queen’s University, Belfast, University of Ulster and Liverpool John Moore’s. Sean teaches various public law and criminal law courses, as well as delivering training on police powers to police trainees at Durham Constabulary. He has published in the areas of international human rights law, constitutional law and transitional justice, and authored numerous reports on peace agreements.

Dr Monalisa Adhikari

Dr Monalisa Adhikari is a Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Social, Political and Global Studies, Keele University. Prior to joining Keele, she was a Research Fellow with the Political Settlements Research Programme at the University of Edinburgh. She obtained her PhD in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh in 2020. Her primary research interests include peace processes, international interventions in fragile and conflict-affected states, rising powers engagement in the global governance of peace and security, and foreign policies of India and China.  She has conducted research in China, India, Myanmar and Nepal.

Dr Rebecca Sutton

Programme Associate

Dr Rebecca Sutton is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the University of Edinburgh Law School, where she teaches human rights and conflict resolution subjects at the graduate level, and an Associate of the Political Settlements Research Programme. Rebecca has previously been a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Law at McGill University, a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fellow at Melbourne Law School, a SSHRC Fellow, and a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellow. Rebecca is a licensed Barrister and Solicitor in Canada, having been called to the Ontario Bar in 2014.