The JSRP consortium brings together a range of expertise from many different organisations. Brief details about each consortium member are given below. Where no direct email is given, staff can be contacted via: intdev.jsrp <at> lse.ac.uk.
Many of the team were interviewed at a JSRP event held in Gent in 2016 and the video can be viewed here.
Professor Tim Allen is a Research Director of the JSRP and Head of the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics. He has expertise in the fields of complex emergencies, ethnic conflict, forced migration, local conception of health and healing, East Africa (especially Sudan, Uganda and Kenya), development aid and agencies and ethics of aid.
Dorothy Atim is a researcher with the JSRP in northern Uganda. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in education from Makerere University and a post-graduate diploma in Project Planning and Management from Gulu University. She has over five years experience doing clinical inter-personal psycho-therapy with formerly abducted ex-LRA children 14-18 years old. Since then she has been involved in various research projects. Her interests are on mental health, gender-based violence, and reintegration of ex-combatants.
Jacky Atingo is a researcher with the JSRP in northern Uganda. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Makerere University in Development Studies and a MSc in Peace and Conflict Studies from ISS in the Netherlands, as well as post-graduate diploma from Gulu University. Her research interests include psycho-social support in war, gender, children born into rebel movements, and reintegration of ex-combatants.
José Bazonzi is the JSRP local coordinator for the western DRC-JSRP research team. He is based at the Université de Kinshasa in the faculty of social sciences, administration and politics and is also a researcher and teacher in the sociology department at the Centre d’Etudes Politiques.
Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic is the Partnerships and Capacity Building director of the JSRP. She also works on developing cross-site comparative research component of the programme. Her main area of interest is the political economy of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction. She holds a PhD in Economics.
Tatiana Carayannis is a Research Director of the JSRP and deputy director of the Social Science Research Council’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum where she leads on the CPPF’s Africa programmes. Her research with the JSRP is focused on the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic and she has written widely on the networks of the Congo wars and the role of the UN in conflict management in Africa.
Alex de Waal is a Research Director of the JSRP and Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. He has worked in north-east Africa for thirty years, including as adviser to the African Union on Sudan.
Svetlana Djurdjevic-Lukic contributed research on Timor-Leste for the JSRP project on Theories of Change, based on her interests in human security and security sector governance. We are saddened to report that our colleague passed away in September 2016.
Wendy Foulds is the JSRP Programme Manager and is responsible for the day to day running of the programme office, support to the core management team and administering the programme budget. She joined LSE in 1998 on completion of a degree in Humanities and has previously worked with several other large international research groups.
Kasper Hoffmann is PhD Fellow at Roskilde University and a Scientific Researcher at CRG/Gent University. He is assisting in the organization of field research in eastern Congo for the JSRP. In addition he is working on a literature review of various approaches to public authority.
Julian Hopwood is based in Gulu, northern Uganda, where he has lived for the past eight years, and is working with JSRP in Uganda and South Sudan with a focus on customary land. He is a PhD candidate at Ghent University.
Rachel Ibreck’s research is concerned with the politics of memory and struggles for human rights in Africa. She holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bristol, and has also worked in human rights organisations, including Justice Africa. Within the JSRP, she is contributing to research on experiences of justice in South Sudan.
Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance, CEO of the JSRP and Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics. She previously worked at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the University of Sussex, before coming to the LSE in 1999.
Damir Kapidžić is an Assistant Lecturer and Researcher at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Sarajevo. His main areas of interest are democratization, institutional design, and hybrid governance structures in multiethnic states. As a researcher with the JSRP he working on formal and traditional structures of authority and governance in the border region of Northern Uganda and South Sudan.
Thomas Kirk is the JSRP’s Online Editor and a PHD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research interests include social accountability, and security and justice provision, with particular reference to Afghanistan, Timor-Leste and Pakistan. He is also interested in the application of technology for monitoring and evaluating development programmes.
David Lewis is professor of social policy and development at LSE. He is currently interested in the interface between research, evidence and policy implementation, and has worked within the JSRP on the theories of change project in partnership with the Asia Foundation.
Thomas is the co-founder and CEO of the Video Journalism Movement and Cartoon Movement and a member of the Research Management Team of the JSRP. Next to this Thomas teaches Journalism at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Thomas is a former Middle East correspondent for the Dutch public News NOS and was based in Iran, Egypt and later in Jordan. He also contributed to CNN, BBC, Canal 13 in Chile, Asia TV in Singapore and many more.
Anna is an LSE Fellow in the International Development department and a PhD candidate in the War Studies Department, King’s College London. Her PhD research examines discourses of accountability, reconciliation and social order in the context of northern Uganda and relates this to the processes and goals of transitional justice. Prior to joining LSE Anna spent four years in Brussels, working for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the International Development Committee of the European Parliament.
Jean-Claude Malitano is a researcher with the JSRP based in Faradje in the Orientale province of eastern DRC. He is also a Coordinator of a Congolese NGO, Action Pour la Promotion Rurale (APRu), which aims to identify and analyze the socio-economic problems facing communities in Orientale province, and assist in the implementation of durable solutions.
Lebon Mulimbi is a researcher with the JSRP based in Bunyakiri in the South Kivu province of eastern DRC. He is also the Coordinator of a Congolese NGO, Action pour la Protection des Droits Humains et de Développement Communautaire (APDHUD) and a human rights defender. His research focuses on justice and security, land and identity disputes, armed groups, customary conflicts and democratic governance in eastern DRC.
Katie McKenna is an award-winning digital producer and holds an MSc in Global Politics from LSE. She developed the JSRP research uptake strategy at the start of the programme and contributed to the creation of its social media presence. Katie is the founder and principal of Working Knowledge consultancy and her interests lie in digital communication and the narrative representations of academic research.
Ryan Joseph O’Byrne is a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at University College London (UCL). His fieldwork is in the predominantly Acholi speaking community of Pajok, South Sudan. His research investigates the underlying cultural logics of South Sudanese Acholi cosmological systems, focusing particularly on systemic transformations brought about by Evangelical Christianity.
Aaron Pangburn is a Program Coordinator at the Social Science Research Council’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, based in New York. His research for the JSRP is focused on public authority in western Democratic Republic of Congo in Equateur and Bas Congo provinces.
Holly Porter is the lead researcher for northern Uganda for the JSRP. Her research focuses on gender, sexual violence, social healing and local notions of justice, particularly on women’s experiences after rape in northern Uganda, where she has worked since 2005. She holds a PhD in International Development from the LSE.
Henry Radice is a Research Fellow and the Research Manager of the JSRP. His research interests include the politics of humanitarianism, climate ethics and international political theory. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the LSE.
Anouk Rigterink is a Research Officer and LSE Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She investigates the political economy of violent conflict, including the relationship between natural resources and conflict, and the role of media in conflict situations. She has done fieldwork in Western Equatoria, South Sudan, designing and executing two rounds of a household survey. She holds a PhD in Development Studies from LSE.
Mareike Schomerus was the JSRP’s first CEO and contributed research on issues of local justice in South Sudan with a particular focus on Western Equatoria state. Her wider research interests include the dynamics of conflict resolution, civilian security, the violence of democratisation, and the impact of living in militarised situations. She also has a particular interest in how knowledge is created and shared.
Medhane Tadesse is an academic specialist on peace and security issues in Africa. He has served as a consultant to several African governments, political and armed groups, international and intergovernmental organizations, and sits on the board of directors of several security-related regional organizations. He is, among others, a Senior Security Sector Reform/SSR/ Advisor to the African Union.
Rebecca Tapscott (academia.edu) is a PhD student at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Her research focuses on the institutionalization of violence, subnational consolidation of power, and governance. In particular, she examines civilian security initiatives, including vigilantes, community watch groups, and civilian militias in post-conflict northern Uganda. By examining how these initiatives interface with state security institutions, she theorizes strategies of governance in contemporary fragile states. Rebecca’s past research has focused on human security and community development primarily in West Africa. Her work has been supported by the Department for International Development’s Justice and Security Research Programme, as well as grants from Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, the Morris Abrams Foundation, and the Feinstein International Center.
Arend van den Beld
Arend is the co-founder and CEO of the Video Journalism Movement (VJM) and Cartoon Movement and a member of the Research Management Team of the JSRP. Next to this he advises the Dutch State secretary for education, culture and science. Within Philips Electronics he built up an extensive experience in the field of information management. Arend is an expert in turning ideas about knowledge and information management into online platforms and innovations.
Judith Verweijen is a Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden and a Research Fellow with the Conflict Research Group, Gent University. Her research interests include the internal workings of state and non-state armed forces, the micro-dynamics of civilian-military interaction, and the militarisation of local governance. She has conducted extensive field research in eastern DRC and continues to do so for JSRP.
Koen Vlassenroot is a Professor and the Director of the Conflict Research Group at Ghent University and a Research Director of the JSRP. He is the JSRP co-lead researcher for the DRC and for the Central African Republic. His research interests include rebel governance, land issues and the militarization of society in conflict zones.