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). As part of her journey in Peace Studies, she successfully sat her MII-accredited mediation exam. 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. Since September 2022, Louisa’s research has been made possible by funding from the Irish Research Council (IRC). She was awarded the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship. Supervision and guidance are provided by two faculty members, Professor John Doyle and Dr Erika Biagini.