Current Research Students

 

 

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Alexander Curry

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Lead supervisor:  Ainhoa Montoya
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Virginia Ghelarducci

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Lead supervisor:  Mark Thurner
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Jose Guevara

Research Topic:  tbc
Lead supervisor:  Linda Newson
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Marília Moreira

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Lead supervisor:  Linda Newson
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Carlos Piccone Camere

Research Topic:  tbc
Lead supervisor:  Linda Newson
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Tatiana Suarez

Research Topic:  Reintegration of Former Combatants after the Peace Agreement in Colombia
Lead supervisor:  Ainhoa Montoya
Contact: tatiana.suarez@postgrad.sas.ac.uk

Research Description

In 2016, the Colombian government and the guerrilla group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace deal, which ended a five-decade armed conflict. The FARC concentrated its troops in designated localities across the country where they disarmed, demobilised and began the critical yet arduous process of reintegrating into Colombian society. However, the FARC have their own vision of reintegration, which allows them to maintain some of their organisational structures, social ties and political ideas. This model challenges established assumptions about ex-combatants transition to civilian life on which traditional reintegration programmes are based.

This study will conduct life history interviews with ex-FARC combatants at one of the reintegration localities where the ex-guerrillas have settled, built their homes, received training and established various productive projects.  The focus of this research is twofold: firstly it will focus on (re)socialisation, demilitarisation and transformation of identities formed under the conditions of conflict and secondly, it aims to explore the role that wartime acquired skills, agency and social relations may play in their transition to civilian life. Moving away from traditional studies, where reintegration is viewed as the ‘successful’ implementation of top-down programmes, this research seeks to problematise reintegration from the standpoint of the ex-combatants, and to offer a nuanced approach to its study, which focuses on processes, transitions and dynamics rather than on ends.  This study will contribute to current debates on peacebuilding by re-conceptualising ‘reintegration’, not as an external intervention, but as long-term process that is context sensitive and where the voices of the ex-combatants are placed at the core of the analysis.