People

rlb3 Dr Roddy Brett (rlb3@st-andrews.ac.uk) is a Lecturer with the School of International Relations. He was awarded his Ph.D. at the University of London is 2002, and since that time has lived in Latin America, principally in Guatemala and Colombia, working as a scholar-practitioner.  His fields of research include conflict and peace studies, political and other forms of violence, genocide studies, social movements, indigenous rights, democratisation and transitions. His work as a practitioner is in the fields of conflict analysis, indigenous rights, political violence and genocide, post-conflict reconstruction, and human rights. He has published various books, co-edited volumes and articles on these themes.

He has acted as Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme in both Colombia and Guatemala, and to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Guatemala. Dr. Brett also served as Advisor on Indigenous Affairs to the Norwegian Embassy in Guatemala. He was Investigator for and Political Coordinator of the legal case filed against three former presidents of Guatemala and their military high commands of the 1980s for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. He continues to advise the United Nations System in Latin America, in particular in themes of peacebuilding and conflict transformation. He holds a position of Visiting Professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain and is a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the International Centre on Non-Violent Conflict, in Washington D.C., and of the Advisory Council of the Institute of Humanitarian Studies of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Bogota, Colombia.

profile-pic-2Dr Par Engstrom (p.engstrom@ucl.ac.uk) is Lecturer in Human Rights of the Americas at the UCL Institute of the Americas. His current research interests focus on regional human rights institutions both comparatively and with a particular reference to the Inter-American Human Rights System. Dr Engstrom is also co-chair of the London Transitional Justice Network (LTJN). He studied International Relations (DPhil) at Oxford University; Latin American politics (MSc) at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London; and Philosophy and Economics (BA) at University College London. Prior to his doctoral research Dr Engstrom worked at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva. For more information on Dr Engstrom’s research including his publications, please visit his webpage and his SSRN Author page.

Dr Andrei Gomez-Suarez (A.Gomez@sussex.ac.uk/@AndGomezSuarez) is Associate Researcher at the University of Sussex and member of the Sussex Centre for Security Research (SCSR). He is Senior Consultant on Conflict and Development for Signum Consulting (Colombia), with whom he recently finished a consultancy on Huila and Caquetá. Andrei is Researcher at the Centre for Historical Memory, of the Department for Social Prosperity of the Colombian Government. His current research focuses on the genocide of the Unión Patriótica, UP Refugees in Europe, peace processes and post-conflict reconstruction. Andrei teaches a MA module on Peace Processes and Post-Conflict Reconstruction at Sussex. He has been lecturer in Politics, International Relations and International Security at the University of Cauca, Externado University, and the University of Sussex. Andrei studied International Relations (DPhil) and Contemporary War and Peace Studies (MA) at the University of Sussex and Conflict Resolution (GD) and Political Science (BS) at the University of Los Andes.

Grace Livingstone is a journalist specializing in Latin American affairs. She has reported for The Guardian, the BBC World Service, the Independent, the Observer, the New Statesman and the Tablet.  She is the author of Inside Colombia: Drugs, Democracy and War (LAB, 2003) and America’s Backyard: the United States and Latin America from the Monroe Doctrine to the War on Terror (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Dr Nick Morgan is the director of the MA in Latin American Interdisciplinary Studies at Newcastle University where his current research focuses on participatory democracy in Colombia and Venezuela. Nick previously worked as a discourse analyst at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá where he published on the representation of the poor in the media, the everyday language of race, and the development of nationalist discourse. Nick is the author of the forthcoming book, Living in Hope: Nation, State and Democracy in Contemporary Colombia.

Professor Jenny Pearce (J.V.Pearce@bradford.ac.uk) is Professor of Latin American Politics and Director of the International Centre for Participation Studies in the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford. She is a specialist in issues of violence, power, conflict, social change and social agency in Latin America and has published widely on these themes, including on El Salvador, Promised Land: Peasant Rebelliion in Chalatenango, El Salvador (1985, London: Latin America Bureau) and Colombia: Inside the Labyrinth (1991, London: Latin America Bureau). More recently she has also worked on problems of participation and conflict in the north of England, following the Bradford riots of 2001, and helped found the Programme for a Peaceful City, a university-community engagement programme with Bradford District. Since 2006, she has coordinated three research projects,  as co convenor of the research group on Participation, Violence and Citizenship at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, DFID-funded Development Research Centre on Participation, Citizenship and Accountability (she co-edited IDS Bulletin on ‘Researching Violence’ in May 2009), as Director of an ESRC- funded research project on Municipal Innovation in Non-Governmental Public Participation UK/Latin America (an edited book ‘Participation and Democracy in the 21st century City’ was published in 2010); and Director of the JRF funded research on  Community and Participation on Bradford’s ‘White Estates’,  which was published in July 2010. She has pioneered Latin American/UK learning . She co-edited a special edition of the Community Development Journal on Learning from Latin America which came out in September 2010. Since 1999 , she has been working on a protracted ethnography of peacebuilding in Huehuetenango, Guatemala and she continues to work in Colombia. She worked on oil and conflict, in the 2000s, publishing  “Beyond the Perimeter Fence: Oil and Armed Conflict in Casanare, Colombia” (LSE Centre for Global Governance, 2005 and published as Mas Alla de la Malla Perimetral, Bogota: CINEP). Currently she is adviser to the Observatory or Human Security in Medelllin, on an IDRC-funded project on  ‘security from below’ in Medellin.  She continues to work on Violence in Latin America and her latest journal article on Latin America is ‘Perverse State Formation and Securitised Democracy in Latin America’ , published in Democratisation Vol 17, no. 2 April 2010 286-306. Her most recent journal publication is in Development and Change (forthcoming, May 2013): Power and the Activist: From the Neighbourhood to the Square. This builds on an AHRC funded project on ‘Power in Community’. Her most recent book is co-authored with Janet Bujra on the Bradford riot: Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, The Bradford Riot and Beyond, Bradford: Vertical Editions.

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