Dr Catherine Arthur

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 last year by Palgrave Macmillan. Catherine is a founding member of the International Consortium for Conflict Graffiti (ICCG) and the chair of the Visual Arts strand of the HCPB. She teaches on peacebuilding and security, international governance, and nations and nationalism.

Dr. Valentina Baú

Valentina works as a Senior Lecturer & Researcher at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, 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. 

Professor Rachel Beckles Willson

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 Baumeister

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.

Dr Dmitry Chernobrov

Dmitry is 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.

Professor Marie-Soleil Frère

Marie-Soleil is Director of Research at the National Fund for Scientific Research in Belgium and Professor at the Department of Information and Communication Sciences at the University of Brussels (ULB). Her research focuses on the role played by the media in democratic processes, conflicts, peacebuilding, elections and social changes in Francophone Africa. Her recent books include Elections and the Media in Post-Conflict Africa: Votes and Voices for Peace (Zed Books, 2011), The Media and Conflicts in Central Africa (Lynne Rienner 2007) and Journalismes d’Afrique (De Boeck 2016).

Dr Stefan Goebel

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).

Dr Charles T. Hunt

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. 

Dr Jacob Udo Udo Jacob

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. 

Dr Stefanie Kappler

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.

Jean-Claude Kayumba

Jean-Claude is an ESRC funded PhD student at the University of Sheffeild. 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 Kennedy

Struan is a first year 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.

Dr Jaremey R. McMullin

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 PeacekeepingReview 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

Dr Frank Möller

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).

Fabíola Ortiz

Fabiola 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.

Dr Sukanya Podder

A principal research project now 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. 

Tim Prentki

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.

Dr Stef Pukallus

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, developing and diminishing of civil society. She 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. She is currently working on her third monograph where she looks at how self-sustainable peace can be built in post-civil war settings through the use of communication which for her includes the fictional and factual media as well as the performative and visual arts. Stef also currently acts as a consultant for the UN DDR programme and the revision of its public information module. Her first two books Representations of European citizenship since 1951 and The building of Civil Europe 1951-1972 were both published with Palgrave Macmillan.

Dr Jasmin Ramović

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).

Dr. Clemencia Rodríguez

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.
Dr Ryan is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has eight years of teaching experience in UK Higher Education, having previously taught and lectured at Kings College London, Aston University, Manchester Metropolitan University and City University of London, where she completed her PhD in 2013.

Twitter: @HollyERyan
Website: www.friendship-project.international

Dr Nicole Stremlau

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).

Website: http://pcmlp.socleg.ox.ac.uk

Dr Birte Vogel

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.