Conflict and Conflict Resolution; Gender Studies; Consociationalism; Peace Processes and Peace Agreements; Post-Conflict Societies
Background & Qualification
I have 19 years of international development work experience in Ireland, Norway, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Thailand, including management of community development and rehabilitation projects funded by the Irish government. I have published several journalistic articles and contributed to conferences in the field of international development.
BA Journalism obtained from the Faculty of Political Science, Sarajevo University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1991). Master of Development Studies UCD, Ireland (2002). MA Dissertation: A Comparative Analysis of the Integration of Bosnian Women Refugees in Ireland, Norway and Sweden.
The Impact of Consociational Peace Agreements on the Representation of Women in Local and National Political Institutions in Divided Societies: a Comparison of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland and the Dayton Peace Agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
This project is a comparative analysis of the impact of Good Friday Agreement (1998) and the Dayton Agreement (1995) on the political participation of women in the post conflict societies of Northern Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina. International norms on democracy and women’s rights agree on the importance of the presence of women in political institutions and the importance of women’s participation in peace processes and post-conflict reconstruction. Two of the most celebrated consociational peace settlements the Dayton Peace Agreement that stopped killing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Good Friday agreement that ended a long running low-level conflict in Northern Ireland have had a differential impact on the space available for women’s political participation. Both agreements are power-sharing arrangements between communities that are still divided; however there is a significant difference in the form of power-sharing arrangements contained in the agreements but they are similar in that the peace agreements in both countries were brokered under the influence and active participation of the international community and during the same US administration.
2014/15: Tutor for ‘Core Skills and Methods for International Relations’ module