The first cohort of Conflict Research Fellows met at the London School of Economics after successfully competing for one of eight coveted Conflict Research Fellowships. The fellowship competition received applications from many promising scholars and practitioners from around the world. Each research proposal's value and potential contribution to the Conflict Research Programme (CRP) was assessed and evaluated by an independent selection committee, under the guidance of the SSRC's three-stage, peer-review selection process.
The eight winning fellows will receive up to £17,000 each to support their research for a period from approximately June 2018 to May 2019. Two-thirds of the applicants for the 2018 competition were from Africa and the Middle East and we are delighted to share that the 2018 cohort has an equal gender distribution. Almost half are nationals of the CRP core research sites: Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Iraq, and the DRC.
Middle East Region, Syria and Iraq
Katty Alhayek, University of Massachusetts Amherst “Alternative media for peace: Exploring Syrian online spaces for dialogue and reconciliation”
Zahra Ali, Rutgers University “Building Peace and Recovering from Violence: Iraqi Civil Society Activisms”
Dylan Cornelius O'Driscoll, University of Manchester. “The Competition between Everyday Nationalism and Everyday Peace in Kirkuk city, Iraq”
Horn of Africa Region
Yaniv Voller, University of Kent “Transnational Diaspora Activism and Human Security in the Homeland: The Cases of Iraqi Kurdistan, South Sudan and Somaliland”
Alicia Elaine Luedke, University of British Columbia, Vancouver “Gender, Sexual Violence and Control in South Sudan’s Ongoing War”
Democratic Republic of Congo
Ann Alden Laudati, University of California, Berkeley “Accumulating (In) Securities in Eastern DRC: Advancing a revised framework for understanding Congo’s resource wars”
Peer Schouten, Danish Institute for International Studies “From Mines to Roads” Displacement of the Conflict Economy in Congo”
Claude Iguma Wakenge, Institut Superieur de Development Rural “Disentangling Public Authority and Resource Management in (post)conflict DR Congo”
The eight CRF Fellows were required to attend the Preparatory Workshop in London as a prerequisite for successfully accepting the award. The workshop served as an orientation to the fellowship as well as provided fellows an opportunity to meet and collaborate with the other CRF Fellows and the partners of the Conflict Research Programme (CRP). The workshop schedule included time for program orientation, as well as time to present proposed research projects and receive feedback from the CRP Country Research Directors. The workshop also included a session on "Research Ethics, Data Security and Risk Management." The next day, the fellows participated in the annual meeting of the CRP to discuss emerging synergies and themes.
You can find more information about the 2018 Conflict Research Fellows, including full bios and photos, on the Conflict Research Fellowship Program’s online directory.