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    Dr Ezechiel Sentama is employed by Coventry University as an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Institute of Peace and Security. He has more than 20 years of experience in teaching and research in the fields of conflict, peace, transitional justice and reconciliation.

    Sentama 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. He 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.

    Sentama joined Coventry University in 2019 as a  Marie S. Curie Research Fellow. His research project was on Transitional Justice, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in Rwanda and Algeria.

    Sentama is passionate about teaching. Before joining Coventry University, he was employed by Linnaeus University (Sweden), as a Senior Lecturer in the department of ‘Peace and Development Studies', in 2019. Between 2000 and 2018, he 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 the MA level, at Clark University (USA, 2014); Andrews University (USA, 2016); Trinity Western University (Canada, 2015); and Linnaeus University (Sweden 2019).

    In 2014, Sentama was hired by the University of Gothenburg, as a 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 pieces of training on subjects pertaining to conflict management and transformation, leadership, research methods, and management.

    In 2018, Sentama was invited by the School of Global Studies of the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) to work as a Guest Researcher. His research was on Peacebuilding across various contexts.

    He has a good track of independent scientific results that have been made available to the scientific community, policymakers, practitioners and the public in the fields of peacebuilding and reconciliation. He also held various research positions, namely the ‘Head of the 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 the 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).

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

    Research Interests

    My research interests focus mainly on peacebuilding, peace education, 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.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Peace and Development, Doctorate, Peacebuilding in post-genocide Rwanda: The role of cooperatives in the restoration of interpersonal relationships, University of Gothenburg

    1 Sept 200516 Dec 2009

    Award Date: 8 Jan 2010

    External positions

    Conference organiser, American Society for Public Administration

    15 May 2020 → …


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