Louisa Barry is a native of Waterford, Ireland. Having completed her Masters in International Peace Studies in Trinity College Dublin, Louisa received her Postgraduate Diploma in Conflict and Dispute Resolution Studies (TCD). She is at the final stage of accreditation with the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII). Louisa has contributed to an EU-funded project on disability inclusion, volunteering and humanitarian aid in CBM Ireland. In 2020 she was awarded a PhD scholarship in Peace Studies, named in honour of President Bill Clinton and in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts (UMass) and Ulster University. Supervision and guidance are provided by two faculty members, Professor John Doyle and Dr Erika Biagini.