Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Althea-Maria Rivas

A Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Development Studies

Research AssociateBA, MPA, PhD



Althea's research focuses on understanding the everyday politics, relationships and emotions that merge in conflict and post-conflict zones in Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has a particular interest in understanding local vernaculars and perceptions of violence. She has also carried out research studies on issues such as women and peace processes and race, racism and development.

Althea's PhD thesis entitled, Revisiting the Security-Development Nexus: A Critical Analysis of the International Intervention in Afghanistan, was completed at the University of Sussex in International Development Studies. The thesis which draws upon 14 months of fieldwork in Afghanistan and post-colonial theory, challenges the claimed interdependence of security and development in international interventions. Althea was awarded the 2014 Cedric Smith Prize for peace and conflict research by the UK Conflict Research Society. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow with the Understanding Conflict: Forms and Legacies of Violence Cluster at the University of Brighton.

Althea has a special interest in working to foster stronger linkages between academia and the policy world with the aim of increasing the ability of research to make a real world impact. Since 2010, she has been engaged in various research projects in the UK, Canada. Somalia. Kenya and Afghanistan with a strong public engagement and policy impact focus.

Research interests

  • Everyday Perspectives of Violence, Peace and Security
  • Research Methods and Ethics in Conflict-Affected Areas
  • Humanitarian Intervention
  • Race, Gender and Development
  • Emotion, Conflict and War
  • De-colonial and Postcolonial Theory


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