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My research concerns displacement caused by conflict and violence and that caused by development projects. I focus on spatial and temporal aspects of displacement and the relationship between the two. I am interested in the ways in which people who are forced off their lands experience the loss of place, the coping strategies they adopt and how they engage in the process of forming renewed belonging. 

My other research interests include policy categories and their impact on identity and identification, social relations, and memory and its impact on place-making.


I am currently working on the following projects


  • For Us by Us: Children's Picture Books to Promote Solidarity and Acceptance in the Age of Refugees (Co-I; funded by SSHRC, a collaboration between CTPSR and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University)
  • Struggles for territory, struggles for place: development-forced displacement and resettlement of the Mapuche-Pewenche, Chile (funded by BA small grant)
  • Territory reconfiguration: displacement in Tocancipá, Colombia (in collaboration with Mónica Hurtado, Laura Fonseca and Diana Vernot from Universidad de la Sabana, Colombia) (funded by Newton Researcher Links)



Area of Expertise:

  • Displacement
  • Belonging
  • Categorisation
  • Colombia
  • Qualitative research

Research Interests

Displacement; Belonging; Place; Memory; Identity and identification

Vision Statement


My main research interests concern the ways in which involuntary displacement affects people. I am particularly interested in how seeing and living through conflict and displacement marks people’s every-day existence, their relations and their perception of the world. Through this kind of research I hope to find a new angle to bring conflict-ridden lives - struggles, achievements, social relations - of ordinary people living in extraordinary times to public and policy attention.


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

Humanitarianism and Conflict Response, Doctorate, Experiences of Displacement and Emplacement in Rural Colombia , University of Manchester

31 Jan 201031 Dec 2013

Award Date: 9 Jul 2014

International Development, MSc, Moving beyond addressing girls’ needs to address gender relations: Reintegration of girl soldiers in Colombia, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 9 Dec 2009

Political Science, MSc, The Scope of Regional Integration in Latin America, University of Ljubljana

Award Date: 1 Nov 2007


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