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Dr Ezechiel Sentama is employed by Coventry University as Assistant Professor and Marie S. Curie Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations in the United Kingdom. He holds a PhD in Peace and Development Research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2010), a Master’s degree in Administration from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the National University of Rwanda. Ezechiel also holds international certificates, respectively in ‘Practical Approaches to Peace-building and Development’ from the Peacebuilding and Development Institute of American University, USA; in ‘Understanding Genocide’ from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark; and in ‘Contemporary Security Paradigms and Challenges: Theory and Practice’, from the University Ss’ Cyril and Methodius, in Macedonia.

Before joining Coventry University, Ezechiel was employed by Linnaeus University (Sweden), as Senior Lecturer in ‘Peace and Development Studies’ Department in 2019. Between 2000 and 2017, Ezechiel was employed by the University of Rwanda, as a Lecturer respectively in the Centre for Conflict Management and the Department of Political Sciences. He has also been invited to give international lectures and supervise academic dissertations, at MA level, at Clark University (USA, 2014); Andrews University (USA, 2016); Trinity Western University (Canada, 2015); and Linnaeus University (Sweden 2019).

In 2014, Ezechiel was hired by the University of Gothenburg, as co-applicant, to be part of a team of international researchers (from Sweden, Denmark, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, and Macedonia), which carried out a research project (2014-2016) on ‘Peace education's impact on relationship building and societal conflicts’ covering Israel-Palestine, Macedonia and Rwanda, under the funding of the Swedish Research Council. He has also been hired, respectively, by the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (Rwanda), as a consultant (2012-2015), to conduct several studies on the process of reconciliation in Rwanda, and by the Rwanda Management Institute (2010-2015) to provide various trainings on subjects pertaining to conflict management and transformation, leadership, research methods, and management.

In 2018, Ezechiel was invited by the School of Global Studies of the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) to work as a Guest Researcher. He has good track of independent scientific results that have been made available to the scientific community, policy makers, practitioners and the public in the fields of peace building and reconciliation. He also held various research positions, namely the ‘Head of Research Department’ at the Centre for Conflict Management, ‘Acting Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies’ and ‘Member of the Scientific Committee’ at the College of Arts and Social Sciences of University of Rwanda (2014-2017). Administratively, Ezechiel has been the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the University of Lay Adventists of Kigali, Rwanda (2016-2017).

Ezechiel is fluent in English and French languages and his teaching and research interests focus mainly on peace, conflict, transitional justice, forgiveness and reconciliation.


Research Interests

My research interests focus mainly on peacebuilding, transitional justice, forgiveness and reconciliation, with a particular application on vulnerable people and the Global South. 

Vision Statement

I am a motivated academic and researcher with a passion about and for peace, justice, forgiveness and reconciliation in a way that envisions a moral imagination that promotes humanity for all.

Education/Academic qualification

Peace and Development, Doctorate, University of Gothenburg

1 Sep 200516 Dec 2009

External positions

Conference organiser, American Society for Public Administration

15 May 2020 → …

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Research Output

Academics’ manufacturing of counter-narratives as knowledge resistance of official hegemonic narratives in identity conflicts

Herath, D., Schulz, M. & Sentama, E., 2020, In : Journal of Political Power. 13, 2, p. 285-304 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Building peace from below: Exploring experiments in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia

    Sentama, E. & Schulz, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Undoing Peace? Decoloniality or Epistemic Freedom in East Africa and the Great Lakes Region. Rowman and Littlefield, Vol. (In-Press). p. (In-Press) (Kilombo series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Co-operatives and Reconciliation after Violent Conflicts: Lessons from Post-Genocide Rwanda

    Sentama, E., 21 Feb 2020, In : Review of International Cooperation. 105/2019, 14, p. 46-62 17 p., 4.

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

  • Reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda: Challenges and Opportunities

    Sentama, E. & Martin-Howard, S., 13 Jul 2020, Global Equity in Administration: Nervous Areas of Governments. Gooden, S. T. (ed.). New York: Routledge, p. 157-182 25 p. 6

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Social Cohesion without a Mediator: The Role of Cooperative Contact

    Sentama, E., Jun 2019, AEGIS.

    Research output: Other contribution

  • Activities


    Transitional Justice and Reconciliation

    Ezechiel Sentama (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

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