• 35 Citations
  • 3 h-Index

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Personal profile


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 (PhD research on peacebuilding, transitional justice and reparation amongst survivors of wartime sexual violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina), 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 and supervises PhD students.  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-I on the British Academy (2019 -2021) Gender and resistance to violent extrermism: untold stories of everyday resistence to violent extremism in Kenya, project led by Dr Sahla Aroussi.
  • Erasmus+ KA2 (2019-2021) Be the change: conflict as a catalyst for transformation and empowerment led by Solidarites Jeunesses
  • Co-Director of the 3-year (2016-2019) 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.


Past Projects and Research:

  • 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

    • 35 Citations
    • 3 h-Index
    • 5 Article
    • 1 Anthology or Edited Book
    • 1 Chapter
    • 1 Web publication/site

    Des enfants réfugiés auteurs et illustrateurs d’albums

    Translated title of the contribution: Refugee children authors and illustrators of albumsMandrona, A., Milne, EJ., Shahrokh, T., Jakala, M., Celestina, M., Hamilton, L. & Mitchell, C., 12 Mar 2019, In : Takam Tikou: La Revue Des Livres Pour Enfants International. 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Consociationalism and power-sharing in Europe: Arend Lijphart's theory of political accommodation

    Jakala, M. (ed.), Kuzu, D. (ed.) & Qvortrup, M. (ed.), 2018, 1 ed. London: Palgrave. 206 p. (International Political Theory)

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

  • Coffee and conversation in Sarajevo

    Jakala, M., 2017

    Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchWeb publication/site

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

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 14 Downloads (Pure)

    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
  • 11 Citations (Scopus)
    46 Downloads (Pure)


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

    Peace Building and Trust Building: Bridging Youth, Women and Community

    Michaelina Jakala (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Empowerment of Women in Peace Making Processes

    Michaelina Jakala (Speaker)
    18 Mar 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Istanbul Human Security Conference

    Michaelina Jakala (Organiser)
    24 Oct 201425 Oct 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference