Dr Stef Pukallus – Co-founder and Chair of the HCPB Hub
Stef is a Senior Lecturer in Public Communication and Civil Development. Her research interest and expertise focus on the role that public communication can play in the building, development as well as in the diminishment and destruction of civil societies (emergent and mature). She has just published her third research monograph entitled Communication in Peacebuilding: Civil Wars, Civility and Safe Spaces (published with Palgrave Macmillan). She is currently working on how soap opera can engage in civil norm building as well as a new book project on the soundscape of civil society. Previously, Stef has examined how European citizenship was publicly communicated to European citizens from 1951 onwards and she has looked at how the EU has tried to stimulate what she calls a Civil Europe from the 1950s onwards through the use of culture, the mass media and education. She has acted as an official historian for the European Commission and its policies on public opinion and citizenship.
Stef also currently acts as a consultant on a project assessing the European Schools System (commissioned by the European Parliament) as well as for the UN DDR programme and the revision of its public information module. Her first two books were Representations of European citizenship since 1951 and The Building of Civil Europe 1951-1972. Stef is also part of the British Council funded Digital MAPS project together with BuildUp and datavaluepeople.
Dr Catherine Arthur – Co-founder and Deputy-chair of the HCPB Hub
Catherine is a Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies in the Humanitarian and conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on nationalism and political symbols in post-conflict nation-building and reconstruction, exploring how national identities are constructed and visually represented. Her regional expertise is in post-colonial and post-conflict societies, including those that have experienced ethno-nationalist violence and particularly Timor-Leste, Northern Ireland, and Cyprus. Her recent book, Political Symbols and National Identity in Timor-Leste, was published in 2019 by Palgrave Macmillan. Catherine is a founding member of the International Consortium for Conflict Graffiti (ICCG). She teaches on peacebuilding and security, international governance, and nations and nationalism.
Kawser is an adjunct professor at the University of Winnipeg (political science) and a co-founder of Winnipeg based research think tank – Conflict and Resilience Research Institute Canada (CRRIC). He completed his SSHRC post-doctoral fellowship at the same university in 2020. He was an exchange officer with the Turkish Armed Forces, an observer to the United Nations Missions in Western Sahara (MINURSO), and an alumnus at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) in National Defence University (NDC), Washington DC. Dr. Ahmed graduated in Peace and Conflict studies (MPhil, University of Dhaka & PhD, University of Manitoba). Dr. Ahmed is a research fellow with the Center for Defence and Security Studies (CDSS) and a junior research affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Safety (TSAS). He was an associate with the Canadian Practitioners Network for Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV).
His research interests are social conflict and peace-building through transformative dialogue (TD), genocide prevention, counter radicalism and extremism, and UN peacekeeping operations. He lives with his wife, two children, and two cats in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Dr Dareen Al-Khoury
Dareen comes from a research and communications background. She holds a PhD in the Analysis of Social and Economic Processes and a master’s degree in Communications Media and Advertising. In her position as the Communications Director at Generations for Peace, she is responsible for developing cohesive communications strategies for local and international programmes focused on peacebuilding, as she leads a diversely-skilled communications team. Dareen has conducted research on communications, media, and discourse analysis, collaborating with international NGOs from the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. She has led research on measuring trust in information, interfaith-dialogue and conflict-sensitive journalism, cyber harassment, media literacy among illiterate communities, and conducted extremist organizations discourse analysis.
Dr. Nasir M. Ali
Nasir is a lecturer of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Hargeisa, Somaliland. He earned a Ph.D in Peace, Governance, and Development from the United Nations-University for Peace in Costa Rica, and holds two masters’ degrees in International Relations, and African Studies from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He is author of several book chapters and papers on security, governance, state capacity and fragility, recognition, and pastoralism in Palgrave, Routledge, Addis Ababa University Press, and other peer-reviewed academic journals. Currently, he is the Director of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) at the University of Hargeisa, Somaliland.
Dr. Susan H. Allen
Susan is an Associate Professor and directs the Center for Peacemaking Practice at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. She is the Principal Investigator of the Better Evidence Project. Her latest book, Interactive Peacemaking: A People-Centered Approach is available Open Access. Dr. Allen has engaged in peacemaking in dozens of regions, with an emphasis in long-term initiatives in the South Caucasus region. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from George Mason University and previously was on faculty at American University and worked at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nicky is the Communications Manager at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security and on the Gender, Justice and Security Hub. She designs the Hub and Centre’s communications structures, sets the communications goals based on the research agenda, defines the communication principles and standards and works to visualise research for broader audiences. Nicky has a background in graphic design and international relations, using the theories across both disciplines to inform her ongoing research around communications and warfare, looking at gender and drone warfare specifically, digital communications and women, peace and security and also the ways in which communication can drive sustainable change.
Nicky tweets @NickyArmstrong0
Victoria is a PhD at the University of Sheffield and is researching the use of community radio as a peacebuilding tool in the post-conflict society of Sierra Leone. More specifically, Victoria’s research will observe the processes behind the production and distribution of a longstanding radio soap opera broadcast by a community radio station which forms a part of a broader peacebuilding strategy in Sierra Leone. The research topic raises questions regarding the efficacy of community radio as a peacebuilding and social development tool.
Dr Valentina Bau
Valentina works as a Senior Lecturer & Researcher at the Western Sydney University (Australia). Both as a practitioner and as a researcher, her work has focused on the use of the media & communication in international development. She has completed a PhD on the role of participatory media in conflict transformation and reconciliation after civil violence. Her present research explores different theoretical frameworks and practical applications in the area of Communication for Development in Peacebuilding. Valentina has collaborated with different international NGOs, the United Nations and the Italian Development Cooperation, and worked in different contexts in Africa and Asia. Her experience involves the implementation of both research and media projects with victims and perpetrators of conflict, displaced people, refugees and people living in extreme poverty.
Rachel is an independent researcher, composer and multi-instrumentalist (oud, saxophone, piano and voice). In her voluntary activism and professional work she specialises in music and displacement, and traditions of the Middle East. She has worked on conflict and peace-building in Palestine, Hungary, and Italy, and increasingly incorporates her concerns about gender and the environment in our unevenly globalised world.
Rachel is co-founder of Today is Good! [todayisgood.org], a song-writing project with asylum-seekers in Sicily; and founder of Music Boat [musicboat.org], an online platform for boundary-crossing collaboration and education in music. She is also Director of Beyond Mode [www.rachelbeckleswillson.com/beyond-mode], a quartet exploring new music at the boundaries of traditions from around the Mediterranean. She is also founder and editor of Oudmigrations [www.oudmigrations.com], a web-based resource for understanding musical instruments across time and space that has an ongoing concert series in Rome begun in 2018. As an oud player she explored Arab and Iraqi traditions before coming to concentrate on Ottoman repertories and makam, but is most interested in developing new repertories for the instrument.
Hannah is a Lecturer in Humanitarian Studies at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester. Her research sits at the intersection of International Law, International Relations, Conflict Studies and Gender Studies. She is interested in the causes, consequences and meanings of sexualised war violence against women and how it is addressed in transitional justice processes and mechanisms, including criminal prosecutions, psychosocial work, theatre and sequential art. Her regional expertise is on the Western Balkans and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Michelle is a senior media development specialist and trainer with over 20 years of experience in assessment, project design, implementation, management, evaluation and research. She has worked for organizations including UNDP, IOM, OSCE, UNESCO, Free Press Unlimited, International Media Support (IMS), U.S. State Department, IREX, DW-Akademie and others.
Her areas of expertise include media in conflict and post-conflict and safety issues. Michelle’s work in issues of journalism safety include both field work as a trainer and facilitator as well as substantive research particularly in the area of psychosocial issues and support for local journalists. She was the consulting researcher for UNDP for the background paper “Media Noise and the Complexity of Conflicts: Making Sense of Media in Conflict Prevention” for the joint United Nations-World Bank Flagship Study, Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict.
Before returning to the U.S. in 2016, Michelle was based overseas in Ghana, Egypt and Austria and has conducted workshops and implemented or assessed activities in more than 25 countries including: Ghana, Nepal, DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Iraq, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria, Central African Republic and Ukraine.
Ananda is Professor of Theatre at the University of Lincoln and Principal Investigator of AHRC GCRF Network Plus project Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP): Informing the National Curriculum and Youth Policy for Peacebuilding in Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Indonesia and Nepal (2020-24) and GCRF Newton Fund project Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) at Home: online psychosocial support through the arts in Rwanda (2020-22). Breed is author of Performing the Nation: Genocide, Justice and Reconciliation (Seagull Books, 2014), co-editor of Performance and Civic Engagement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), co-editor of Creating Culture in (Post) Socialist Central Asia, and co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Applied Performance (Volume 1 & Volume 2). Former research fellow of the International Research Centre Interweaving Performance Cultures at Freie Universität (2013-214).
Michael has a background in Political Economy and over 7 years’ experience working on Civil Society and Peace-Building programmes in South Asia and MENA – including as Team Leader for a large-scale EU Funded Youth and Resilience programme and most recently as British Council’s Director Society, MENA. In this latter role, he has commissioned and overseen a programme working with local civil and media actors across 8 MENA countries on addressing digital conflict drivers, in partnership with the HCPB Hub. He holds a first-class honours degree from the University of Bradford and an MA in Political Economy from the University of Manchester with distinction.
Mark Clark MBE
Mark is passionate about transformational change in individuals, communities, and organisations. As CEO for Generations For Peace (GFP) since 2011, his role combines all three, and draws on his experience engaging in change and complexity with Governments and NGOs, the Olympic Movement and the private sector, in humanitarian emergencies, conflict and post-conflict environments, and community development, youth development, organisational development, legal practice and the military. GFP is a Jordan-based international peacebuilding NGO, ranked “#26 in the Top 500 NGOs”, and the #3 Peacebuilding NGO in the World. GFP uses participatory approaches and innovative tools to support young people to transform conflict and violence at grassroots in their own communities, in 52 countries since 2007.
Dr Dmitry Chernobrov
Dmitry is Senior Lecturer in media and international politics at the University of Sheffield and author of the book Public Perception of International Crises (2019). His expertise includes public opinion and international crises; memory and trauma of conflict; identity politics and critical security studies; strategic communication in conflict; and digital humanitarianism. His research has addressed various international crises and included collaborations with major humanitarian organisations.
Eric is the Chief Executive Officer of the international communications agency, Kory Africa SA, Deputy Dean for Media Research at the Dortmund-based Africa Institute for Media, Migration and Development (AIMMAD), a Board Director and former Chief Executive Officer of the African Media Initiative, and a Senior Director at the Washington-based Greystone Global Strategies. He is a former director of Communications at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the African Development Bank and the World Bank’s Africa Region. He has trained journalists on economic development issues and advised a number of governments on their policy and development communication strategies. Over the years he has launched a number of very successful social enterprises, including Santa MC2, an award-winning micro-finance institution in Cameroon. Mr. Chinje is a Visiting Scholar at George Mason University, Chair of the “Briser le Silence” Foundation in Congo-Kinshasa, former Chair of the Zambia Orphans of AIDS organization in Washington DC, and a Board Member of the Media Initiative for Women and Girls Empowerment (MIWGEM) in Sierra Leone.
Lydia is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Durham University on the AHRC-funded project ‘The Art of Peace’. Her research engages at the intersections of feminist international relations, critical peace and conflict studies, and visual global politics, with a particular interest in the contributions of curating and the arts to peacebuilding. She is also interested in conceptual approaches to recognition in grassroots and institutional justice processes. She has conducted fieldwork in Bosnia and Herzegovina and has previously co-curated exhibitions on global conflict textiles, including Stitched Voices (Aberystwyth Arts Centre) and Threads, War and Conflict (The Byre Theatre, St Andrews).
Stacey is a Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University and the Director of the Purdue Policy Research Institute (PPRI) in Purdue’s Discovery Park. Her published research examines the communicative constitution of leadership and multi-stakeholder organizing, most recently in the context of political violence prevention initiatives. Dr. Connaughton serves as Director of the Purdue Peace Project (PPP), housed in the Purdue Policy Research Institute. As PPP Director, Dr. Connaughton has led the multi-stakeholder relationship building, project development, and (participatory) monitoring and evaluation for locally led peacebuilding initiatives in Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria. Dr. Connaughton developed what she terms the local leadership model of political violence prevention. Her forthcoming edited book Are we making a difference?: Global and local efforts to assess peacebuilding effectiveness includes chapters from practitioners, donors, and academics worldwide as well.
Diana is the director of the Colombian Institute of Studies of the Public Ministry, working in the intersection between public innovation, education and participatory democracy to guarantee human rights, fight corruption and improve public services. Social and political inclusion in post-conflict societies is Diana’s biggest interest. Her career is rooted in Colombia and Latin America’s state-building efforts, working in projects involving democratic innovation, human rights and conflict transformation. Before her current position as a public servant she founded and directed Policéntrico, a start-up that fosters sustainable development and participatory democracy in Colombia. She has also been a Build Peace Fellow, an advisor for the Colombian Ministry of Interior and a Project Manager of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Rule of Law Programme for Latin America. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, a Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Research for Action Awardee, and a Colciencias Scholar.
CEO In Place of War. Artistic Director. Activist. Change-Maker. Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Manchester. From guitarist at the age of 8 to record label owner, band manager, fundraiser, international cultural activist, entrepreneur, educator, influential speaker (TEDx) to prestigious award winner within a national arena (Social Enterprise of the Year & Manchester Woman of Culture to name a couple), Ruth’s passion to empower people to build their own positive futures through creative entrepreneur programmes, the development of cultural spaces and artistic collaboration shows no boundaries in terms of fields of work.
My research is at the intersection of the humanities and social sciences, focusing on Participatory Action Research (PAR) projects in conflict situations. This work is complemented by twenty years’ experience teaching in the adult community learning and higher education sectors in Colombia and the UK. My current research project contributes towards dialogues and building local capacities through participatory research in (post)accord Colombia.
Caleb works at Build Up where he manages programming for Africa. He is a specialist in Information, Communication and Technologies for Development (ICT4D). He has over 9 years’ experience in applying technology to peacebuilding approaches to address violent conflict in Africa. He has researched and applied various digital tools to address election violence, good governance, violent extremism and conflict mitigation. Caleb has extensive experience working on polarization online specifically hate and dangerous speech, misinformation/disinformation and incitement to violence. He has collaborated with various actors to develop and implement conflict early warning and response systems, digitally map conflict, address hate speech online, develop training modules on digital engagement in conflict contexts and monitor and prevent electoral violence. He has skills in social media listening, data and network analysis, strategic communications, conflict analysis and community building.
He is a Chevening Fellow and U.S. Dept of State’s CSP fellow. You can connect with Caleb on Linkedin.
Stefan is Director of the Centre for the History of War, Media and Society at the University of Kent. His research interests include the commemoration of conflict and the history of war, propaganda and the media. Among his latest publications are Ypres (co-authored with Mark Connelly; Oxford University Press, 2018) and Propaganda and Conflict (co-ed.; Bloomsbury, 2019).
Ben is a lecturer in international business communication at Seokyeong University in Seoul, South Korea teaching courses on intercultural communication and conflict resolution. Living on four continents in the past 20 years has fostered a deep passion and commitment for intercultural communication and exchange. His research is located at the intersection of sociology, anthropology, culture studies and decolonial theory. It is especially concerned with cultural violence within organizations. This is situated within a broader research agenda tracing communication and culture through historical, scientific, and intellectual formations and translations to better understand Eurocentric knowledge and value creation. His current research is a materialist analysis of how English language communication and learning reproduces white heteropatriarchal privilege and coloniality in South Korean higher education.
Nicki is Professor of French at the University of St Andrews. She is a specialist in postcolonial literatures in French and English from sub-Saharan Africa. Her research, funded by the AHRC, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust, has focused on West African women’s writing, migrant fiction and, most recently, fictional responses to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. From 2015 to 2018, Nicki led the AHRC-funded project, Rwandan Stories of Change in partnership with NGO the Aegis Trust and the Genocide Archive of Rwanda. In 2018, she was a finalist for the inaugural Wellcome Trust/AHRC Health Humanities Medal in the Category of Best International Research. Nicki is currently working on representations of Rwanda in narratives from Belgium, the former colonial power.
Kristina is an Assistant Professor for Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University’s School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding, and Development in Georgia, USA. She is an anthropologist and scholar-practitioner specializing in large-scale violence against civilians (including genocides and mass atrocities) as well as emerging forms of warfare and violence. She has worked in 23 countries including across Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, East Africa, and the Caribbean.
Her current book project explores the dynamics and legacy of the Soviet-era Holodomor mass atrocities. Supported by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Fulbright program, and USAID, she has conducted more than 2.5 years of ethnographic research in Ukraine.
Formerly the inaugural Executive Director of the Better Evidence Project in the Center for Peacemaking Practice at George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, she also worked as a policy advisor at the U.S. Department of State.
Charles is Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the Social & Global Studies Centre, at RMIT University in Melbourne. He is also a non-resident fellow at the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research in New York and Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (APR2P). His research in the field of international relations, peace and conflict studies is focused on peacekeeping and peacebuilding with a particular interest in the role of public information in UN peace operations and media development programming in conflict-affected societies.
Jacob is a Visiting International Scholar in the International Studies program at Dickinson College, US. Before Dickinson, he worked at the American University of Nigeria as Chair of the Communications and Multimedia Design Program. He holds a PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Leeds and MA in Peace Studies from Lancaster University, UK. Jacob’s new book with Dr. Margee Ensign, ‘Transactional Radio Instruction: Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Conflict Zones’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), describes lessons from a USAID-funded education-in-emergencies intervention which they both led in Boko Haram-ravaged northeast Nigeria. The project was nominated by Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Education for the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICT in Education.
Urban space creative facilitator, choreographer, and researcher, and founder of the Urban Research Forum and The Living Collective. Drawing from Somatic practices and working extensively with improvisation and Ecopsychology; Beatrice works across a diverse range of community settings both nationally and internationally to explore through site-based and studio practices; the social power and potential of embodied movement practices. Her practice has explored the potential of somatic work to act as a platform for social reconciliation and acknowledgment of trauma due to conflict specifically in Germany and Ireland. Her socio-choreographic research has been profiled within Pina Bausch Symposium, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, dOCUMENTA (13), National School of Art Bucharest, Galway Dance Festival, Goldsmiths CUCR Tate, and AAG. Her commissions include GroundWork, Steven Lawrence Center and EGFK Berlin.
Iyad is an independent consultant, researcher and learning facilitator, specialized in Communication for Development, Creative Messaging and Impact-Driven Media. He co-founded multiple communication programs, advocacy actions and media platforms, collaborated on several multidisciplinary projects (Media & Arts for Peace, Radio SouriaLi, Com4Good) and co-facilitated numerous workshops with grassroots initiatives, international organizations and socially-responsible businesses. He focuses on activities contributing to fostering local & international awareness about sociopolitical, and sociocultural issues, especially regarding the MENA region, through the use of media, arts, and culture.
Stefanie is Associate Professor in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding at Durham University. She is currently working on a range of externally funded projects that investigate the politics of memory in relation to peacebuilding, the cultural heritage of conflict as well as the role of the arts in peace formation processes. She has also worked on the spatial representations of peace and conflict and conducted fieldwork in Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Africa, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Kosovo.
Hakan is a lecturer at the Faculty of Communication at Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design (ARUCAD). Since 2004, he’s been involved in Education for Peace projects with POST Research Institute and took in part in analysing history education on the northern part of Cyprus. His studies were mostly published in various journals in Cyprus and in Turkey, including the book that he edited entitled, Past Traumas: The Representation of
History and Peace Education, published by POST Research Institute in 2013 and Education in a Multicultural Cyprus, edited by Iacovos Psaltis, Nicos Anastasiou, Hubert Faustmann, Maria Hadjipavlou, Hakan Karahasan and Marilena Zackheos, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2017. His research interests are philosophy of communication, new capitalism and its relation with communication, Emmanuel Levinas, and history education.
Jean-Claude is an ESRC funded PhD student at the University of Sheffield. His thesis examines the use of radio in post-conflict situations and peacebuilding initiatives. He specifically focuses on Radio Okapi in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Struan is a History PhD student at Northumbria University in Newcastle. My thesis firstly investigates how loyalist masculinities are expressed throughout the symbolic landscape of Northern Ireland. I am focusing on the impact of militarised displays, the public glorification of violence and the continued presence of intimidating imagery. Secondly the project seeks to understand ways of undoing this regressive practice which elevates a selective voice while silencing other narratives. This project is situated at the busy intersection between my three primary interests: culture, gender and conflict. This is derived from my background in History of Art at Glasgow University and Masters in Creative Practices of Research from Glasgow School of Art.
Jean Claude was born in the Walungu, province of South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. He holds a MA in Peace and Reconciliation. Very active in associative
movements, he has been involved for more than 10 years in promoting the participation of youth in peace and security processes in the African Great Lakes region in general and in the Democratic Republic of Congo in particular. His research focuses on peace, reconciliation, mining and conflict, non-violent communication, entrepreneurship,
development, human rights.
Rousbeh is a peace and conflict researcher, former UN correspondent, and international consultant on the role of journalists as actors in conflict transformation processes. In his practice-oriented work, building on insights derived from critical peace research, he supports processes of peacebuilding, transitional justice and dealing with the past (DwP), and memory work in contexts of political transition. Rousbeh works with civil society organisations, as well as international and academic organisations, as a consultant, project developer and evaluator, to strengthen these organisations in their conflict transformation endeavours in peace processes, up until now predominantly in Latin America. In addition to capacity-building in institutions of transitional justice, this involves the creation of spaces for intercultural exchange between academics and practitioners, together with media assistance initiatives, strategic communication projects and the establishment of local media networks. He also teaches in public and private universities on concepts of peace, Communication for Peace (C4P), functions of the media in conflict transformation, the interdependence of peacebuilding and DwP, and memory work as an instrument of peace. In the context of research for a PhD in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London, Rousbeh is investigating the role of media and journalists as memory agents in processes of dealing with the past, working comparatively and drawing on instruments of Participatory Action Research (PAR).
Eric is a peace scholar whose current research explores spaces of contact and the construction of community that includes the ‘other’ in conflict-affected societies. He is particularly interested in the counter-cultural, resistant, and unexpected spaces where peace is being enacted and imagined against a backdrop of division. Eric is currently employed as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo (Canada).
Born in Niger (West Africa), I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Letters and Philosophy from Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey. One of the key players in the democratization process in Niger, I was General Rapporteur of the Political Commission of the National Sovereign Conference, responsible for defining the public authorities during the period of political Transition and setting the main guidelines to guide the drafting of the Constitution of the 3rd Republic.
Intern journalist at the Multi-Media Communication Group ANFANI in 1992, professional journalist at the independent weekly TRIBUNE DU PEUPLE, then at the private weekly ALTERNATIVE between 1993-1998, I was Director of Publication and Head of the “Political Analysis” Desk of the independent Nigerien weekly PERSPECTIVE 1998-2000, then founding member of the Independent Center for Media and Ethics (CIMED).
Expert in Project Planning and Management, I served from August 9, 2009 to October 30, 2016, as Program Manager for Religious Affairs, Community Development Advisor, Country Program Manager, then Country Director of the USAID Peace Through Development Program (USAID PDev), one of the key-tools of the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP) of US Department. Since November 2016, I’m the National Coordinator of NGO SOS-Civisme-Niger, an organization dedicated to citizenship education, culture of peace and strengthening of democracy.
Ashaq, pen name Dr. M. Ashaq Raza, is formally a Botanist, Ph.D in Plant Virology from Aligarh Muslim University and holds honorary Doctorate in Gandhian Philosophy and D.Litt. besides an MA in Journalism and Mass Communication and a PG in Human Rights. From 2000 to 2008, he served under UNDP funded project in the Ministry of Education, State of Eritrea finally as Director of Research (2006-2008) at Eritrean Institute of Technology, Asmara, Eritrea. Back home to India in 2008, he joined, as Assistant Prof. of Botany, Higher Education Department, J&K Government in 2009. He initially served at GDC Akhnoor, then in GCW Gandhi Nagar and now posted in Govt PG College Rajouri for past three years. In GCW Gandhi Nagar he served as NSS Programme officer between 2012 -2016, and now serving as Convenor of NSS Advisory Committee and secretary of Science Club in PG College Rajouri.
Ashaq has been engaged in peace and development works for past 20 years. Between 2003 to 2008, he served for about 30 development organizations including a dozen UN offices/organizations including UNDP Syria, UNV Vietnam, UNHCR Egypt, UNV Angola, UNDP Georgia, UNDP Burkina Faso, UNDP West Indies, UNDP Laos PDR, UNV Germany, UNV Afghanistan, UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea(UNMEE) – as an online volunteer and was recipient of online volunteer of year award from United Nations Volunteers (Germany) in 2005. In 2010, he established voluntary NGO Attitude Change International and engaged, both formally and informally, in promotion and introduction of Peace education in curricula of Jammu and Kashmir. He is life member of/ associated with various scientific and development organizations/societies, including Red Cross, Gandhi Peace Foundation, Nepal, Amnesty International, Rotary International etc. Ashaq has won several awards for his peacebuilding activities.
Jesse is a songwriter, poet, visual artist, and peace scholar. His music has been described as having “more feeling than a bag full of feelings made out from feelings-cloth bought from the shop of feelings on feelings-street in feelings-town.” He has released four albums and toured the world as a front man in the Crooked Brothers. His poems have been published internationally. Through the University of Winnipeg and the University of Waterloo he has developed parallel practices in International Development and Peace and Conflict Studies. His current research focuses on peacebuilding and conflict transformation through the arts, specifically regarding poetry and folk music. He is originally from Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg) and currently lives in an apartment with his partner and two lively children on the Haldimand Tract (Waterloo) in the country they call Canada.
Jaremey is a Senior Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. He received his DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford. His main research interests are: ex-combatant reintegration, veterans’ politics, and youth as peacebuilding agents. He has published research on ex-combatant reintegration in International Peacekeeping, Review of International Studies, and Third World Quarterly. His 2013 monograph, Ex-combatants and the Post-conflict State: Challenges of Reintegration, was published by Palgrave Macmillan’s Rethinking Political Violence series.
Liberia: Legacies of Peace documentary short film series
Motorcycling as Peacebuilding research project
Sacha is Legal Advisor and Head of Policy and Research at Fondation Hirondelle. Sacha works on the design and implementation of media impact assessment studies with regular field missions, including in DRC, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. Sacha Meuter provides media development policy advices to Fondation Hirondelle’s partners, such as the Swiss Development and Cooperation (SDC). He has been working on the issue of the media of UN peace operations for more than 16 years. He notably initiated and coordinated a process of gathering lessons learned and best practices on this topic in close consultation with the UN Department for Peace Operations and the Department for Public Information. This process culminated in the first multistakeholders meeting on the transition of UN peace operations’ media in Geneva in 2018. Sacha is also Secretary on the boards of The New Humanitarian and Trial International.
Marie is developing her PhD project at the University of Basel and is researching how visual and discursive representations of women in armed conflict shape their role in peace processes and after peace settlements. She will explore representations of women in Northern Ireland and Colombia as well as their political participation and inclusion. Her project looks into contexts where women were actively involved in conflict as well as in peace negotiations to understand links between political representation and discursive/visual representation. She is especially fascinated by the way murals have been used by conflict and peace actors. She is on Twitter: @marie_migeon
Eugenie is a Multimedia Creative Director and a Lebanese Anti-Corruption & Peace building activist who created a peace communicative project called “The People’s Parliament Show” which focuses on peace building solutions to conflicts through the use of television broadcast communication. Additionally, her recent work was reflected on the Red Carpet in Dubai, that held the title ‘Letter of Peace’ which paid tribute to the front liners who gave back to the community during the COVID19 pandemic. Understanding the importance of image promotion and branding in gaining public trust and credibility, her work is also reflected in NGO projects in the Middle East that work to solve societal problems that emerge from conflicts.
Saumava is Assistant Professor at the School of Communications of Dublin City University. His research focuses on identifying the gendered and geopolitical inequities inherent in photographs of – and acts surrounding photographing – violent and social conflicts. He is interested in both the questions of how these inequities are inscribed into the photographic images of conflicts as well as the effects of these inequities on the lives and livelihoods of those who produce these images. Prior to joining DCU, Mitra worked in journalism, communications and in academia in South Asia, East Africa, North and Central America and Western Europe.
Frank is a KONE Foundation Grantee (2020-2022; project leader Peace Videography) and Docent in Peace and Conflict Research at Tampere University, Finland. An expert in visual peace research, Frank explores the role and function of visual images in conflict resolution, peacebuilding and mediation. His most recent book on the visual representation of peace is Peace Photography (Palgrave Macmillan 2019).
Daniela is a historian and political scientist from Bogotá, Colombia. She is an associate member of the Centro de Alternativas al Desarrollo (CEALDES) and a junior researcher from Javeriana University. She has been working since 2019 on the project Improbable Dialogues: participatory research as a strategy for reconciliation funded by the Ministry of Science of Colombia and the Newton Fund. There, she has been learning and implementing participatory methods, especially participatory video, with different communities across three municipalities prioritized by the peace agreement. Daniela is interested in topics related to territorial planning, socio-environmental conflicts, volumetric analysis of space, communitarian work, and anthropology of the state in the Caribbean northeast and the Amazonian Northwest of Colombia. She is interested in photography, that’s the main reason why she is learning through practice how to take photos.
Sreedhar is a PhD student at the Klein College of Media and Communication, Temple University. His research interests are in the intersections of media, communities, and technology, and engages with non-western epistemologies. His current research explores the role digital technologies play in the communities that are situated in geographical, social, and economic margins. A former journalist, Sreedhar completed his master’s degree at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with a focus on International Security, Conflict Resolution, and International Communication. During his master’s coursework he conducted ethnographic fieldwork in India and Greece. He also holds a PG Diploma in Journalism.
Bonface is a Kenyan international multidisciplinary practitioner with over ten years work experience integrating theatre of the oppressed practice in delivering transformative intercultural pedagogies. He works through African indigenous approaches that build on holistic wellbeing and contextual cultural resources while expanding on the practices related to trauma, peacebuilding, healing, justice, spirituality and human security. His experiences emanate from his work and lived experience as an African artist-peacebuilder who has developed practical artistic tools with grassroots communities to break cycles of violent conflicts. This artistic work has seen him work in Kenya, Somalia, Liberia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Canada. Bonface Njeresa Beti holds, BA in communication from Daystar University in Kenya, MA degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Manitoba in Canada and is currently enrolled at the University of Manitoba PhD program pursuing Peace and Conflict studies. He has previously co-published a book chapter and journal article titled: Truth Comes in Many Colors: Theatre of the Oppressed for Conflict Transformation, Trauma Healing in Kenya, Grassroots Leadership and the Arts for Social Change (Building Leadership Bridges) and Forum theatre for conflict transformation in East Africa: The domain of the possible. He’s a co-editor the book: Engaging with Historical Traumas: Experiential Learning and Pedagogies of Resilience by Routledge conceived at University of Turku’s Centre for Storytelling in Finland in 2019 and a memo: Making the case for addressing complex challenges through artistic and cultural processes with ReCAST, Inc., IMPACT, and the Brandeis University Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, USA. He works with the Amani People’s Theatre and the Green String String Network in Kenya.
Wyclife is a lecturer in the School of Security, Diplomacy and Peace Studies at Kenyatta University and the executive director at Oasis Peace Web Organization in Kenya. He has over seven years experience in teaching, research and cross-border peacebuilding in Kenya, Uganda, and South Sudan in Africa. Some of his recent chapter contributions include a book on Theorizing Somali Society: Hope Transformation and Development. His chapter focused on a Theoretical Perspective of Religious Sect as the Root of Violent Extremism in Somalia, Aalborg University Press. Another chapter focuses on Resources, Climate Change and Implications to Positive Peace among the Pastoral Communities in Kenya, in the Palgrave Handbook of Positive Peace, Springer Publications. His research interests include peacebuilding, security and development. Wyclife holds a PhD from the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE), Costa Rica. His personal philosophy: to touch more lives.
Fabíola is a Luso-Brazilian journalist and historian. She is currently a PhD fellow at the Program MEDAS 21 – ‘Global Media Assistance: Applied Research, Improved Practice in the 21 Century’ (Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism, Dortmund) and research associate at the Institute of Communication Science in Duisburg-Essen University, Germany. Her research interests are media development/assistance in (post)conflict societies; media and peace; media in conflicts; journalism culture; peacebuilding; communication and social change.
Michael is a Professor in the College of the Arts and Media at Central Michigan University, and the Founding Director of the Social Media Research and Analytics Lab (SMRAL) at the same institution. He also serves as a consultant to the Conflict Resolution Program of The Carter Center. His published work has focused on organizing for social change and development, peace negotiations, and peacebuilding by NGOs. Among his projects have been studies of the micro-loan programs of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, women’s empowerment through participation in dairy cooperatives in India, promoting community harmony through entertainment-education in India, HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Thailand, and the peace negotiation and peace building activities of the Carter Center in Sudan and Uganda. Dr. Papa has also examined the conflict in Darfur since 2003 by taking a social constructionist perspective highlighting the roles of climate change, race, and gender in the perpetuation of violence. His current projects include studies of the Women’s Alliance for Peace in Darfur, and Syrian and Afghani asylum seekers in Sweden.
Patcha is a Syrian social enterprise that promotes nonviolent communication, through a variety of mediums and artistic forms. So far, we have deployed traditional mediums, like comics and graphic novels, and tinkered with more contemporary ones like podcasts, to ensure the ideals we hold and promote through our content are presented in an interesting and inviting form, which values authenticity and innovation at the same time. Check out one of their projects: http://dandelion-magazine.com
Evelyn is the Impact Manager of the UKRI GCRF Gender, Justice and Security Hub. She recently led a participatory action research project on the long-term reintegration of female ex-combatants using documentary filmmaking in Burundi, Indonesia, Nepal and the Philippines. Evelyn completed her PhD at the LSE, focusing on international advocacy on child soldiers in Sierra Leone and Myanmar, especially the role of International Organisations and NGOs in effecting sustainable change in policy and practice. She was also the editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies vol.45, and a visiting researcher at the National University of Singapore.
Dr Sukanya Podder
My principal research project is on conceptualising peacebuilding legacies. I use data from children and youth programmes run by a leading international peacebuilding organisation for 15+ years in Sierra Leone and Macedonia. The conceptual part of the project takes cues from an analytical framework using norm resonance and retention, formal institutionalization of peace projects, and organisational learning and reflection. It adopts a meta-ethnographic methodology using longitudinal evaluative data. This project makes the first attempt for conceptualising how long-term effects of peacebuilding projects using media and peace education can be studied.
Dr Nilanjana Premaratna
Nilanjana is Lecturer in International Politics at the Newcastle University. Her research takes place at the intersection of the arts, politics, and peacebuilding. Her first book Theatre for Peacebuilding: The Role of Arts in Conflict Transformation in South Asia (Palgrave, 2018) examines the peacebuilding approach and practices of three theatre groups from Sri Lanka, Nepal, and India. Her current research explores how different art forms – specifically film, theatre, music, and literature – contend with past violence, present conceptualisations of peace, and imagined futures in Sri Lanka.
Tim is a director of the Community Interest Company Indra which is a network organisation that connects groups of young people who use the arts in conflict transformation in hubs in different countries: Brazil; Greece; Palestine; South Africa; U.K., among others. His current academic research focuses on empathy; specifically the implications of recent discoveries in neuroscience for how humans learn and the curriculum changes that need to follow from these.
Lesley is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Lesley researches how arts-based activities like music, dance, theatre, creative writing, and filmmaking can bring people together for social change, with a particular interest in the ways young people participate in politics and peacebuilding through such creative means. Some of her writing on these topics include the books Youth Peacebuilding: Music, Gender & Change (State University of New York Press, 2013) and Dancing through the Dissonance: Creative Movement & Peacebuilding (Manchester University Press, 2020 with Erica Rose Jeffrey).
Jen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Dayton. Her research examines intersections of health and organizational communication, including in peacebuilding contexts. As a former Research Assistant for the Purdue Peace Project, she has collaborated with citizens in Liberia, West Africa on locally led peacebuilding initiatives, in which she conducted participatory monitoring and evaluation on projects focused on violence prevention between police officers and motorcycle taxi drivers, during the Ebola outbreak, and during presidential elections. Through this work she has contributed to academic journal articles, edited book chapters, blog posts, and white papers on peacebuilding. Dr. Ptacek’s recent published work has appeared in academic journals including International Journal of Business Communication and Journal of Applied Communication Research and an edited book titled Transforming Conflict and Building Peace: Community Engagement Strategies for Communication Scholarship and Practice (Peter Lang Publishing). Her recent co-authored book is titled Leader-Member Exchange and Organizational Communication: Facilitating a Healthy Work Environment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).
Helena works at Build Up, a non-profit that works to identify and apply innovative practices to prevent conflict and tackle polarization, which she co-founded in 2014. She is a peacebuilding professional with over a decade of experience advising and supporting UN agencies, multi-lateral organisations and NGOs working in conflict contexts and polarized environments. She specializes in the integration of digital technology and innovation processes to peace processes, and has written extensively on this subject matter. She is also an Ashoka Fellow.
Helena has been invited to speak about civic technology and innovation in venues including SXSW Interactive, Geneva Peace Talks, Geneva Peace Platform, The Hague Institute of Global Justice, IPI Vienna Seminar, MIT’s Centre for Civic Media and more. She previously served on the Boards of Elva Community Engagement, International Alert, ImpactHub Barcelona and the Stand-by Task Force, and currently serves on the Boards of Public Sentiment and Digital Peace Now. She holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and a Masters in Public Policy (Economics) from Princeton University.
Jasmin is a Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies in Politics Department at the University of Manchester. He is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to studying international relations, particularly the intersection of anthropology, international political economy and peace and conflict studies. His research focuses on local actors in conflict-affected settings, with a specific focus on the economic dimension of their everyday. This has led his recent research projects to concentrate on examining the potential of the workplace for peacebuilding. He is also interested in analysing the state of social contracts in societies divided by ethnic conflict. His research has been published in international journals and he has recently co-edited The Palgrave Handbook of Disciplinary and Regional Approaches to Peace (2016).
Paul is Senior Lecturer in Social Media & Digital Society at the University of Sheffield. He specialises in the study of digital activism, with a focus on three key areas: (1) the use of social media by citizens to create and share acts of sousveillance (inverse surveillance); (2) the ways in which digital media can be used to crowdsource crisis information; and (3) the use of new media to reduce sectarian tensions and promote better community relations in divided societies such as Northern Ireland. His work has been published in a number of journals including First Monday, Information, Communication & Society, Journalism, and New Media & Society. Recently completed research projects include a British Academy funded study of YouTube footage of the union flag protests in Northern Ireland, and a Horizon 2020 funded study of how social media can be used to build community resilience against disasters.
Charis is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University. She works across the areas of communication, trust, peacebuilding, and security, with a particular interest in divided societies. Charis received her PhD from Ulster University where she examined government communication in post-conflict Northern Ireland. She was Principal Investigator on a recent study of public trust and communication in Northern Ireland where she has published on the role of media, political discourse, and she led the development of a ‘Communication Toolkit for Trust Building’ based on this data (see: Charis Rice — Coventry University). She is co-editor of the forthcoming edited book, Responsible journalism in conflicted societies: trust and public service across new and old divides, published by Routledge.
Clemencia is a Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University. Her research explores the complex roles of media in contexts of war, mostly in Colombia. Based on fieldwork in regions of Colombia where leftist guerillas, right-wing paramilitary groups, the army, and drug traffickers make their presence felt in the lives of unarmed civilians she wrote Citizens’ Media Against Armed Conflict: Disrupting Violence in Colombia (University of Minnesota Press, 2011). In this book she explored how people living in the shadow of armed groups use media to shield their communities from the negative impacts of war. Rodríguez has also researched how Twitter was used to further polarization in Colombia during the peace process in 2019. Her latest project explores how television narratives such as La Niña represent Colombia’s conflict.
Dr Holly Eva Ryan
Holly joined the School of Politics and International Relations in September 2018. Her research sits at the intersections of visual and international politics. It has a particular emphasis on the relationship between art, power and resistance in Latin America and beyond. Dr Ryan’s recently published book ‘Political Street Art: Communication, Culture and Resistance in Latin America’, examines the relationship between street art forms and politics in Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina. She is currently working on an ESRC New Investigator funded project exploring international friendship, solidarity and twinning practice.
SeeD works with international development organisations, governments and civil society leaders to design and implement people-centred and evidence-based strategies for promoting peaceful, inclusive and resilient societies. Working in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, we provide social transformation policy recommendations that are rooted in citizen engagement strategies and an empirical understanding of the behaviours of individuals, groups and communities. Our approach focuses on understanding the root causes of societal problems by developing an evidence-based theory of change which is empirically tested. We work in five thematic areas: social cohesion and reconciliation, youth inclusion, gender empowerment, governance and anti-corruption and urban cohesion.
Anastasia is Lecturer in Politics and International Politics, Director of the Centre for the Comparative Study of Civil War and UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellow leading the Civil War Paths project at the University of Sheffield. Her fieldwork-intensive research examines the internal dynamics of and international intervention in civil war, with a focus on violent mobilization, ex-combatant reintegration, and civilian protection in armed conflict. Her book Mobilizing in Uncertainty: Collective Identities and War in Abkhazia was published with Cornell University Press in 2021 and her work has appeared in American Political Science Review, Journal of Peace Research, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and International Peacekeeping.
Journalist and author, Rodney D. Sieh, is the editor and publisher of Liberia’s largest independent print and online daily, where groundbreaking reporting has brought down senior government figures and exposed corruption at all levels.
Rodney was a 2016-2017 Gordon N. Fisher / JHR Fellow at Massey College, Toronto, Canada, part of the William Southam Journalism Fellowship. A graduate in media studies from Hunter College in New York City, Rodney has won a number of awards including Journalist of the Year and Media House of the Year in Liberia. In 2014, he was named by Reporters Without Borders as one of its 100 “Information Heroes”, and FrontPageAfrica received the TV5Monde Prize for Press Freedom. In 2019, he received the X-International Press Freedom Prize, presented in Malaga, Spain. Rodney is co-founder of New Narratives, the non-profit that supports investigative journalism at leading independent newsrooms in West Africa. New Narratives has been a key partner with FrontPage Africa in many of the media outlet’s biggest stories. One New Narratives/FrontPage Africa collaboration made reporter Mae Azango into an internationally renowned journalist. Her reporting on female genital mutilation brought global attention to the cruel ritual, eventually forcing the government to act.
The newspaper has been successful in reporting stories about justice, striking mineral workers, poverty, and prostitution – stories that had never been covered by other Liberian publications, whose staff regularly accepted bribes from politicians. FrontPage Africa did such an effective job of exposing human rights violations and corruption that Rodney was sent to prison. In August 2013, he was sentenced to 5,000 years in jail, and FrontPageAfrica was shut down due to his failure to pay a libel award of $1.5million, won by a former government minister who sued him and his paper after the publication of a government audit.
Nicole is Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford and Research Professor in the Humanities at the University of Johannesburg. She currently leads a European Research Council project on Social Media and Conflict with a focus on the Horn of Africa. Recent books include: Media, Conflict and the State in Africa (Cambridge University Press 2018); Speech and Society in Turbulent Times (ed with Monroe Price) (Cambridge University Press 2018); and UNESCO’s World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development, with Iginio Gagliardone and Monroe Price (UNESCO 2018).
Aureo is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. From 2014-2015 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester, UK. In 2019 he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University. US. His main areas of research are local approaches to peacebuilding, and post-structuralist and postcolonial perspectives in International Relations.
Kerstin’s research interests include media development and media as a foreign policy and peacebuilding tool as well as group processes in post/conflict settings and questions of perceptions of ’the local’ and ’the international’. Kerstin holds a PhD degree from Cardiff University and has worked as a media expert for NATO in Afghanistan and for some NGOs in South Sudan. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Kerstin is the author of Statebuilding Missions and Media Development: A Context-Sensitive Approach (Routledge).
Birte is Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manchester. She is a founding member of the International Consortium for Conflict Graffiti (ICCG) and a Co-Investigator for the AHRC project The art of peace: Interrogating community devised arts-based peacebuilding. Birte is interested in how the arts connect to international and local peacebuilding attempts, and how the arts can be an alternative source of knowledge to better understand local conflict dynamics.
Yael (Ph.D., University of California at San Diego and MA, University of Pennsylvania) is Assistant Professor of Telecommunications and Media Industries and Founding Director of the Children, Media and Conflict Zones Lab at Pennsylvania State University. Specializing in the concept of “peace communication (PeaceComm)” she pioneered, she was recipient of three top dissertation awards, one in peace studies and two in global and international communication. She is fluent in and/or studied five languages and conducted fieldwork in the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, and Latin America. Author of Experiencing the Israeli Palestinian Conflict: Children, Peace Communication and Socialization (Cambridge University Press), the book critically determines the efficacy of peace communication interventions in managing political conflicts. Her current field-based projects explore human and communication rights of stateless and forcibly-migrated and – sedentarized conflict zone populations through her interpretations of North West African youth’s global uses of media. She previously worked with the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, the Center for Research on Peace Education, and UNESCO.
Dr Ilya Yablokov
Ilya joined Sheffield in July 2021 as Lecturer in Journalism and Digital Media after working for six years at the University of Leeds (Russian and East European Studies). Ilya’s sphere of research interests includes (but is not limited to) dis/misinformation, conspiracy theories, international broadcasting and political communication as well as journalistic practices in the post-socialist countries. His most recent projects focus on the production and dissemination or Russian state disinformation campaigns via the so-called ‘troll factories’ (Russian Internet Agency).
Ilya’s recent book Russia Today and Conspiracy Theories: People, Power, Politics on RT (with Precious Chatterje-Doody) explores how Russian international broadcaster uses traditional and new media environments to spread disinformation on subnational, national and international levels. This work was spawned by Ilya’s previous research into conspiracy theories in Russia. His monograph Fortress Russia: conspiracy theories in the post-Soviet world (Polity 2018) studied how political elites in post-Soviet Russia use conspiracy theories for political purposes.
Dr Derya Yüksek
Derya is a researcher at the Communication Studies Department of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), and a lecturer at the Journalism Department of Near East University (NEU) in Cyprus. She completed her master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Trieste in Italy, and her PhD in Media and Communication Studies at the VUB. Since 2008, Derya has been involved as a manager and consultant in various international cooperation projects across the Euro-Mediterranean, in the field of arts, education, and media, with the partnership of cultural institutions, research centers and universities. For around a decade, her work has centered on media, peacebuilding, and citizen participation, carrying out projects and academic research bridging these fields. In continuation of this focus, her PhD thesis titled “Community Media as a Participatory Contact Zone for Youth in the Divided Cyprus” examined the contributions of participatory media practices to conflict transformation in the ethno-politically divided island of Cyprus, by organizing and analyzing a project that brought together Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot youth for participatory media productions.
Roja is a PhD fellow at the graduate school MEDAS 21 – Media Development in the 21st Century at the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism, Dortmund, and a research associate at the Institute for Media Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum (Germany). Her PhD research project is on UN radios in peace operations with a special focus on Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Her research interests include: media development, United Nations, human rights and humanitarian law, peace and conflict studies, epistemology, political theory and legal philosophy. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.