Laura Hankin

Security, Conflict and Human Rights

PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Human Rights (ESRC +3)
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol

Start date: September 2017

Research topic: Locality and the (re)construction of identities at the interface of government-led and community social reintegration processes of former FARC-EP combatants in Colombia

My research focuses on the Colombian peace process and the reintegration of the FARC-EP following the signing of the peace agreement with the Colombian government in November 2016. In particular, I tackle the question of identity construction, exploring first how this process is framed and bounded within the institutional discourse of reincorporation, and then how this unfolds in the realities of transitioning to civilian life. I deconstruct the problematic binaries that reintegration so often encourages and frames, and explore how the boundaries of belonging are being reshaped and redrawn so that communities can come together, despite the horrors of war.

Research supervisors: Dr Ana Juncos Garcia (Bristol), Dr Peter Manning (Bath)

Professional memberships/Positions held:

Global Insecurities Centre (GIC), University of Bristol,

Rodeemos el Diálogo (ReD),

Conflict Research Society (CRS),

International Society for Research on Identity (ISRI)