Annika Björkdahl is Professor in Political Science at Lund University, Sweden. Her research includes international and local peacebuilding with a particular focus on politics of memory, cultural heritage of conflict, and vulnerable cities and urban peacebuilding. She has also written extensively on topics related to gender and peacebuilding. She has conducted fieldwork in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Macedonia and Northern Ireland.
She has recently published the co-authored monograph Peacebuilding and Spatial Transformation: Peace, Space and Place (Routledge 2017, with Stefanie Kappler).
Other recent publications include the co-edited volumes Spatialising Peace and Conflict: Mapping the Production of Place, Sites and Scales of Violences (2016 Palgrave, with Susanne Buckley-Zistel), Peacebuilding and Friction: Global and Local Encounters in Post-Conflict Societies (2016 Routledge), Divided Cities–Governing Contested issues (2015 Nordic Academic Press), Importing EU norms? Conceptual Framework and Empirical Cases (2015 Springer). She has also published articles in journal such as Peace and Change, Human Rights Review, Journal of European Public Policy, International Peacekeeping, Security Dialogue and Millennium.
Susanne Buckley-Zistel is Professor for Peace and Conflict Studies, at Philipps Universität Marburg, Germany and Director of the university’s Center for Conflict Studies. Her research interests include peacebuilding, especially in relation to the topic of Dealing with the Past. Her regional focus is Africa and she takes a special interest in gender.
Among her recent publications is the co-edited volume Spatialising Peace and Conflict: Mapping the Production of Place, Sites and Scales of Violences (2016 Palgrave).
Stefanie Kappler is Associate Professor in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building at Durham University, U.K., and holds a PhD from the University of St Andrews. She is particularly interested in the contested and transformative nature of local imaginations of peace and has conducted fieldwork in Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Africa, Cyprus, Brussels, Northern Ireland, Kosovo and the Basque Country.
Her main research interests include critical approaches to memory and conflict, peacebuilding, spaces and places of peace and conflict, peace and the arts, specifically with respect to the Balkans, Cyprus and South Africa.
Stefanie has recently published the co-authored monograph Peacebuilding and Spatial Transformation: Peace, Space and Place, Routledge (2017, with Annika Bjorkdahl). Other recent publications include articles in Memory Studies, Cooperation and Conflict, Millennium – Journal of International Studies, Review of International Studies, Peacebuilding and others.
Johanna Mannergren Selimovic
Johanna Mannergren Selimovic is Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at Södertörn University and Associated Senior Researcher at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. She holds a PhD in Peace and Development Research from University of Gothenburg (2011). Her research is driven by a passionate interest in the makings of ‘everyday peace’ in deeply divided societies. Central topics concern politics of memory, gender, and challenges of co-existence. She grounds her work in close ethnographic studies and engages in particular with narrative theory and methodology. Johanna has conducted research fieldwork in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda and Jerusalem.
She has published her work in journals such as Political Psychology, Security Dialogue, International Journal of Transitional Justice, International Feminist Journal of Politics, and Third World Quarterly.
Her academic work is informed by her former experiences of working as peace monitor (South Africa), election supervisor (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and journalist (internationally).
Timothy Williams is Junior Professor of Insecurity and Social Order at the Bundeswehr Universität München in Munich, Germany, and holds a PhD from Marburg University, Germany. His research interests include genocide and mass atrocity, memory politics and transitional justice, as well as understanding these dynamics from the micro-level. Furthermore, he is interested in methodology, especially Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and Multi-Method Research (MMR). His regional expertise is primarily located in Southeast Asia, specifically Cambodia, the Philippines and Thailand, but he also takes an interest in the Balkans and the Great Lakes region.
For his research, he has been awarded the Emerging Scholar Prize of the International Association of Genocide Scholars in 2017, as well as the Raphael Lemkin Fellow of the Armenian Genocide Memorial and Institute in 2015. He has published his research in several journals, including Terrorism and Political Violence, International Peacekeeping, Genocide Studies and Prevention, Transitional Justice Review and International Journal of Social Research Methodology. His book The Complexity of Evil. Perpetration and Genocide was published in 2021 by Rutgers University Press.