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Conflict, culture, mobility and development Cluster

This thematic cluster addresses concerns that economic growth is likely to be accompanied by inequality of wealth distribution and opportunity within and between national economies, which can lead to conflict. This includes, for example, the need for cultural awareness to mitigate the dangers of globalization. Particular challenges lie in the causes, patterns and resolutions in relation to conflict within and between countries, nationalism, identity, culture, and post-war conflict, the material agency of cultural heritage as well as divisions between psychological constructions of heritage, nature and conservation, migration and movement, disruptions of identity, and group and individual patterns of violence, historical legacies of violence as conflict and conflict resolution. Notions of development are critical to all of this, whether in relation to global post-conflict country reconstructions or social, political and technological changes which impact on social behaviour.

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Students within this cluster are:

Surname First Name CRSID Department
Aït Mokhtar Inès iam34  Politics & International Studies
Al Nasir Abdul Malik ama95 History
Antczak Oliver oa273 Archaeology
Blok Merel mjb301 History
Breeden Caroline cb951 Education
Brown Stephanie seb208 History
Collister Ivan  nikc3 History
Cremer Tobias tc459  Politics & International Studies
Crisp James jc2170 History
Davidson Joe jpld2  Sociology 
Donfrancesco Valerio vd308 Geography
Dragos Simina sd756 Education
Dul Aleksandra amd217 History
French Sean sf678 Social Anthropology
Gvirtz Andrés ag2038 Psychology 
Hafner Lena lh623 Politics & International Studies
Huss Michal mrh64 Architecture
Kocsis Andrea ak2003  Archaeology 
Marrison Adrian arm74  Business & Management Studies
Mesimaki Sakari sjim2 Social Anthropology
Moore Jamie jm2295 Economics 
Moussa Ela em777 Politics & International Studies
O'Halloran Amanda Rose aro25 Sociology
Ollino Gabriele go247 Social Anthropology 
Owusu Melz mo491 Sociology
Pissaride Iris ip290 Sociology 
Protner Beja bp424 Social Anthropology 
Pryce Stella smp63 Education
Savu Alexandru ams269 Economics 
Sheldon Jack js2395 Politics & International Studies
Williamson Hugh hkw43 Social Anthropology 



Shifting power to refugee women and girls: using feminist participatory action research in humanitarian crises

“Empowered Aid is feminist, participatory action research (PAR) that recognizes women and girls as contextual safeguarding experts and engages them as co-producers of knowledge, supported to safely take an active role in asking and answering questions about their own lives. PAR proactively acknowledges and addresses power imbalances— in this case, between men and women; aid workers and those receiving aid; and researchers and those being researched. Just as participation lies at the center of accountable humanitarian response, it is a critical element for research that seeks to shift power imbalances.” 

This event took place on 4th December 2020.  To view the recording please go to this link: this link


Harriet Kolli, independent consultant on Gender-based Violence, and Alina Potts from the Global Women’s Institute at the George Washington University presented Empowered Aid, a research project in Lebanon and Uganda which works with displaced women and girls to examine the mechanisms through which humanitarian aid is delivered, and how these processes might inadvertently increase the risks of sexual exploitation and abuse, in order to better address these risks. They talked about their reasons for choosing feminist, collaborative and participatory research methods, the practical implications of conducting this type of research, including in the midst of COVID-19, as well as presenting the project’s main findings.

Further Information: Empowered Aid | Global Women's Institute | The George Washington University (