Mary Ryder

Security, Conflict and Human Rights

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

Start date: October 2019

Research topic: Truth, memory and the drug war: uncovering the conflict narratives of coca farmers in drug producing regions of Colombia

My research explores the role of drugs-related violence and drug policy in Colombia’s transitional justice process, with a focus on historical memory. I consider how counter-drug and security policies have shaped the experiences and memories of armed conflict of rural farmers living in drug-producing regions of Colombia. I hope to explore how these marginalised memories can facilitate dialogue about the root causes of conflict in Colombia and promote peacebuilding.

Research supervisors: Dr Julia Paulson, Dr Peter Manning