Dr Gilberto Algar-Faria

Dr Gilberto Algar-Faria

Research Topic Title: Local International: State-society relations and international-local interactions in post-war states

My research, which combines my fieldwork in post-war states such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Kosovo and Sri Lanka with critical theory, centres around the liberal peace project. I am particularly interested in state-society relations and local-international interactions in post-war contexts. I am based in the Global Insecurities Centre and the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol.

Prior to becoming an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, I was a Project Officer and Senior Research Associate for the Horizon 2020 research project “Preventing and Responding to Conflict: Developing Civilian Capabilities for a Sustainable Peace” (EU-CIVCAP). I was also the Co-Investigator for an ESRC IAA impact project called “PeaceCapacity: Building capacities in civil society for inclusive peace processes in the Horn of Africa and the Western Balkans” in 2017–18 and for a WUN RDF project entitled “Resilient Peace: Exploring resilient peacebuilding actors, cultures and policy transfer in West Africa” in 2018.

Outside the University, I am a Country of Origin Information Expert for both Sri Lanka and North Korea at the Rights in Exile Programme. I am also listed as an Academic Friend of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, and was previously a Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre. I was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney in 2014, a Visiting Academic at the University of Auckland in 2015 and a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University in 2016.

I was awarded BA(Hons.) and MSc degrees from the University of Leeds and Durham University, respectively, and I received my PhD in Politics from the University of Bristol in 2018. Prior to joining Bristol in 2013, I worked for a grant-making nongovernmental organisation in a managerial capacity. I was trained in strategic conflict analysis, logistical framework analysis, negotiation and mediation at the Durham Global Security Institute, in security management and HEAT at RedR, and in monitoring and evaluation at the United States Institute of Peace.

Mentor: Dr Ana E. Juncos


Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

Edmunds, T., A.E. Juncos and G. Algar-Faria (2018), “EU local capacity building: ownership, complexity and agency”, Global Affairs, 1–13.
Chapters in edited volumes
Algar-Faria, G. (2015), “Terrorism and ethics”, in: Caroline Kennedy-Pipe, Gordon Clubb and Simon Mabon (eds.), Terrorism and Political Violence (London: SAGE), 18–32.
Book reviews and reply articles
Algar-Faria, G. (2018), “Sri Lanka: The Struggle for Peace in the Aftermath of War”, Peace & Change, 43(2), 255–258.
Algar-Faria, G. (2018), “Push back: Sri Lanka’s dance with global governance”, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, 56(1), 132–134.
Algar-Faria, G. (2014), “Social Movement Theory and resistance groups: The Global Justice Movement and Occupy Wall Street”, Global Discourse, 4(2–3): 203–204.
Algar-Faria, G. (2014), “When Counterinsurgency Wins: Sri Lanka’s Defeat of the Tamil Tigers”, Civil Wars, 16(3): 376–379.
Algar-Faria, G. (2014), “The cage: The fight for Sri Lanka and the last days of the Tamil Tigers”, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, 52(3): 453–454.


Christie, R., G. Algar-Faria, A.E. Juncos, K. Đokić, M. Ignjatijević, N. Habbida, K. Abdi, S. Simons and E. Gillette (2018), “Report on best practices in EU local capacity building”, EU-CIVCAP Deliverable 6.3, 24 September 2018.
Algar-Faria, G., A.E. Juncos, T. Edmunds, S. Stojanovic Gajic, K. Đokić, E. Plänitz, K. Abdi and S. Simons (2018), “International capa city building in the Western Balkans and the Horn of Africa: Lessons on coherence and coordination”, EU-CIVCAP Deliverable 6.2, 24 May 2018.
Juncos, A.E., G. Algar-Faria, T. Edmunds, K. Đokić, E. Plänitz, K. Abdi and S. Simons (2017), “Evaluating international efforts on local capacity building”, EU-CIVCAP Deliverable 6.1, 25 May 2017.
Training handbooks
Jester, N., G. Algar-Faria and A.E. Juncos (2018), Peacebuilding and Local Ownership: A Handbook for Practice (Bristol: University of Bristol).

Policy briefings

Juncos, A.E., G. Algar-Faria and N. Jester (2018), “Enhancing the capacity of marginalised groups to make peace processes more successful”, PolicyBristol, May 2018.
Juncos, A.E., G. Algar-Faria and N. Jester (2018), “Enhancing the capacities of marginalised groups for inclusive peace processes”, PeaceCapacity, February 2018.
Juncos, A.E., G. Algar-Faria, T. Edmunds, K. Đokić, E. Plänitz, K. Abdi and S. Simons (2017), “Improving the EU’s local capacity building efforts in post-conflict environments”, EU-CIVCAP, May 2017.
Algar-Faria, G. (2014), “Afghanistan: no holds barred. If sustainable peace is to be achieved, negotiations must be open to all.”, PolicyBristol, February 2014.
Algar-Faria, G. (2013), “The path to inclusivity and stability in Kosovo”, Foreign Policy Centre, December 2013.
Algar-Faria, G. (2013), “Sri Lanka’s (geo)political quandary – Government, NPC and international community”, Foreign Policy Centre, November 2013.
Algar-Faria, G. (2013), “Understanding the conditions necessary for fruitful negotiations in Afghanistan”, Foreign Policy Centre, September 2013.
Algar-Faria, G. (2013), “North Korea wants peace, and it should be given peace”, Foreign Policy Centre, June 2013.


E-mail: g.j.algar-faria@bristol.ac.uk

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/algarfaria

Twitter: https://twitter.com/algarfaria

Website / Blog: https://algarfaria.comhttps://localinternational.net