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 combatants in Colombia

My research focuses on the Colombian peace process and the reintegration of the FARC following the signing of the peace agreement with the Colombian government in November 2016. I am interested in what is happening at a local level where state-led reintegration approaches meet the communities at the centre of efforts. In particular, I tackle the question of identity in the context of social reintegration, exploring how reconciliation is possible following the horrors of war and how the boundaries of belonging are being reshaped and redrawn so that seemingly opposing groups can potentially live together, side by side.

Research supervisors: Dr Ana Juncos Garcia , Dr Peter Manning

Professional memberships/Positions held:

Global Insecurities Centre, University of Bristol

Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Conflict Research Society

Defence Research Network