This evening event launches the Living on the Margins exhibition which incorporates images and films from a range of research projects conducted by academics at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), University of Bath. These projects explore themes relating to conflict, reconciliation and livelihoods in the aftermath of war in Sierra Leone, Cambodia and other contexts.
The focal point of the exhibition will be an illustrated essay produced by University of Bath researchers (in collaboration with PositiveNegatives and SOAS), which explores the role of borderlands brokers in post-war Sri Lanka and Nepal. The narrative follows the lives of four individuals who have represented or mediated the interests of borderland communities during and in the aftermath of war.
This event will begin with a short talk by Dr Oliver Walton (University of Bath) and Professor Jonathan Goodhand (SOAS) about the Living on the Margins project, followed by a Q&A and drinks reception, during which you will have a chance to explore the exhibition in your own time.
Oliver Walton is a Lecturer in International Development specialising in the political economy of war-to-peace transitions, NGO politics, conflict and peacebuilding.
His research focuses on the political economy of war to peace transitions, civil society, NGOs and NGO legitimacy. Recent work has examined the role of borderlands and brokers in post-war transitions in Nepal and Sri Lanka, and the role of alcohol in conflict-affected regions.
Jonathan Goodhand studied at the Universities of Birmingham and Manchester, with qualifications in education as well as development -BA PGCE(Birmingham) MSc (Manchester) and PhD (Manchester).
He worked for some years managing humanitarian and development programmes in conflict situations in Afghanistan/Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and has extensive experience as a researcher and advisor in South and Central Asia for a range of NGOs and aid agencies, including DFID, SDC, ILO and UNDP. His research interests include the political economy of aid and conflict, NGOs and peacebuilding and ‘post conflict’ reconstruction.
This event is sponsored by the Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research (PaCCS). PaCCS was initiated by the research councils which now form part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The Partnership aimed to deliver high quality and cutting edge research to help improve our understanding of current and future global security challenges (focusing on the themes of Conflict, Cybersecurity and Transnational Organised Crime). It has brought together researchers from across disciplines to work on innovative projects and created opportunities for knowledge exchange between academia, government, industry and the not-for-profit sector.
In 2016, the AHRC and the ESRC, funded thirteen Interdisciplinary Innovation Awards under the Conflict Theme of PaCCS, one of which went to Dr Oliver Walton (University of Bath) and his project “Living on the Margins: Using literary comics to understand the role of borderland brokers in post-war transitions”.