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Dr Michaelina Jakala is an ethnographer with a background in Peace Studies.  She has a PhD in Peace Studies (2011) from the University of Bradford in the UK, an MA in Central and Eastern European Studies (2004) from the Jagiellonian University in Poland, and a BA in Justice and Peace Studies (2002) from St. Catherine University in the United States.  Her research interests broadly focus on the everyday experiences of peacebuilding and transitional justice with particular interest in justice, reparation, and education amongst marginalised groups.  She has experience with participatory research and arts-based methods.

Prior to joining CTPSR she worked on the ESRC funded Localising International Law: Examining the Outreach Strategies of the War Crimes Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina project led by Dr Alex Jeffrey at the University of Cambridge.  

Dr Jakala has organised, chaired and presented at a variety of international conferences and workshops and currently teaches on the MA in Peace and Conflict Studies.  She also has experience working with young people, peacebuilding and arts-based methods within the civil society sector in Bosnia-Herzegovina. 


Current Projects and Research:

  • Co-Director of the 3-year Erasmus+ BUILDPEACE project (http://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-directories/current-projects/2016/buildpeace/) exploring the ways in which peacebuilding is taught to practitioners and students of peace and conflict.  The project involves institutions and organisations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, France, Scotland, Serbia and Turkey.
  • Co-Investigator on the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada funded project For Us by Us: Children's Picture Books to Promote Solidarity and Acceptance in the Age of Refugees lead by Dr April Mandrona (PI) from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Canada.
  • Member of the AHRC funded Social Choreography Network led by Dr Nicolas Salazar Sutil at the University of Leeds.  The network brings together artists, academics, charities and refugees to addresses the way in which the movement arts (i.e. dance, body art, digital performance), deal with international refugee and border-crossing crises. Our core question, which concerns ethics, is what constitutes “good practice”.  

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, University of Bradford

MA, Jagiellonian University

Degree, St. Catherine University

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Research Output 2012 2018

  • 27 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 4 Article
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Web publication/site
comparative political science
university teacher

Coffee and conversation in Sarajevo

Jakala, M. 2017

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

Communicating law, building peace: the pedagogy of public outreach from war crimes courts

Jakala, M. & Jeffery, A. 18 May 2017 In : Space and Polity. 21, 2, p. 206-224 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
war crime
legal usage
Bosnia and Herzegovina
10 Citations

Using courts to build states: The competing spaces of citizenship in transitional justice programmes

Jeffrey, A. & Jakala, M. Jul 2015 In : Political Geography. 47, July 2015, p. 43-52

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Bosnia and Herzegovina
10 Citations

The Hybrid Legal Geographies of a War Crimes Court

Jeffery, A. & Jakala, M. 2014 In : Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 104, 3, p. 652-667

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
war crime
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Activities 2014 2017

  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Invited talk

Empowerment of Women in Peace Making Processes

Jakala, M. (Speaker)
18 Mar 2016

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Istanbul Human Security Conference

Jakala, M. (Organiser)
24 Oct 201425 Oct 2014

Activity: Participation in conference