Associate Members

Christina Woolner
Christina Woolner has been a fellow and lecturer at the IPCS since 2013. She is currently a PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, where she is conducting research on the intersection of love songs, the voicing of private sentiment and emotion, and the contestation of post-war public spaces in Somaliland. Her current work builds on a long-held research interest in the role of storytelling and narrativity in war and peacebuilding processes. Christina has worked as a lecturer in peace and conflict studies at universities in Canada and Somaliland, as well as a researcher at Project Ploughshares, a Canadian NGO that monitors armed conflict and the armaments industry. She holds a BA in Global Studies and Religion and Culture from Wilfrid Laurier University, an MA in International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, and an MPhil in Social Anthropology from University of Cambridge
Kevin Kester (PhD) 
Kevin Kester, a PhD from University of Cambridge, is a Munro Scholar and Director of Studies for Education at Queens’ College. He is an instructor in civic education programs at UC Berkeley, Northwestern, and Johns Hopkins universities. Prior to his PhD program, Kevin was visiting lecturer of International Affairs and Development Education at the United Nations Peace University Asia-Pacific Centre graduate school in Seoul, and full-time lecturer of International Relations and Peace Studies at Hannam University in Daejeon, Korea. He was also Program Manager of the Transformative Learning Centre at the University of Toronto (2009–2010) and a consultant and facilitator to UNESCO-APCEIU (2009). Kevin holds an MA in International Education and Development from the University of Toronto, an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the United Nations University for Peace, and postgraduate certificates in Peace Studies and Global Affairs from Columbia University and New York University. Mr. Kevin has published in a number of journals, including the Peace and Conflict Review, Journal of Transformative Education, Journal of Peace Education, Development, and European Journal of Higher Education. He is author of several book chapters with Routledge, UNESCO, and University of Toronto Press, and is co-author (with Vandana Shiva) of the The Young Ecologist Initiative Water Manual: Lesson Plans for Building Earth Democracy. Mr. Kevin lectures occasionally at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and advises Master’s students for their graduate thesis.
Mohamed Haji Ingiriis
Mohamed Haji Ingiriis is a PhD Candidate in African Studies at the Faculty of History, University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. He has a Master’s Degree in History from the University of London and another in Organization and Community Development from the London Metropolitan University. He also has a Diploma in Media Law with Distinction from London School of Journalism, and Bachelor Degree in Phisophoy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. He is a Somali scholar specializing in Somali studies, mainly on the state, society, culture, history and politics. He is a research fellow at African Leadership Centre at King’s College London. He also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Somali Studies and Book Review Editor for the Journal of the Anglo-Somali Society. He is now the lead researcher of a peace-building research project run by the African Leadership Centre. He is an expert on the Somaliland and Somalia affairs on the varieties of democracy, the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.He engages in the areas of teaching, research, policy analysis and media. He has over a dozen research articles appeared in reputable academic journals and chapters in books. He has published books, including the recently published: “The Suicidal State in Somalia: The Rise and Fall of the Siad Barre Regime, 1969-1991” published by Lanham, MD: University Press of America and “The Cannibalisation of the State in Africa: Somalia since Siad Barre Regime” which is under review by the University of Rochester Press. He is a lecturer at the IPCS teaching Media, Peace and Conflict.
Professor Andrea de Guttry
Dr. Andrea de Guttry is a full Professor of Public International Law and Director of the International Research Laboratory on Conflict, Development and Global Politics at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy. Professor Guttry is a close friend of the IPCS and regularly visits the IPCS to facilitate a training on crisis management operations, peacekeeping mission life cycle, the legal system of the peacekeeping mission personnel, the African charter on democracy, elections and governance, civil–military cooperation and protection of civilians, human rights law and institutions and to human rights field operations, gender aspects of peace support operation, the rule of law and transitional justice.
Professor Jonathan Rudy 
Professor Jonathan Rudy is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking in the Elizabethtown College in the United States of America.With more than thirty years of working and learning in 30 countries in Asia and Africa, Jon has focused on peacebuilding and conflict transformation in communities and with middle-out leadership. Recently, Jon has taken up responsibilities as a Senior Advisor for Human Security for the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Jon has an MA in Religion with a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite Seminary/University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He earned a Teaching for Higher Education Certificate from Temple University. He has a BA in International Development, an AA in Industrial Arts and Minor in Communications from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. In June 2015 Jon was recommended to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education, Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) Fulbright Specialist Roster. Jon is on the roster of UNDP ExPres pre-approved consultants in the area of peacebuilding. Professor Rudy, regularly visits the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and delivers seminars and trainings on Peace and Conflict Studies, Human Security and Peacebuilding.
Professor K. Mathews
Professor K. Mathews is a former Professor of African Studies and Chair of the Department at the University of Delhi, India. Professor Mathews secured his PhD in International Relations from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi in 1973 and has an MA in Political Science with specialization and a rare distinction in International Relations from the University of Delhi. Mathews is currently a Professor of International Relations at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. The Professor has an extensive teaching experience in Africa from the Univesity of Nigeria in the West to the University of Dar-es Salaam in the East. Not only in Nigeria and Tanzania, but has also held visiting positions at the UNITAR, New York, University of Oxford, England, Carlton University, Ottawa, Canada, the Africa Institute of South Africa, Pretoria, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, among others. Kay Mathews, is a visiting professor at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and contributed a lot to the development and growth of the Institute and delivered courses related to the peace and conflict.
Tobias Gandrup
Tobias Gandrup is a PhD candidate in International Development Studies at the University of Antwerp in Belgium and lecturer at the Hargeisa School of Graduate Studies. His research focuses on the provision of primary education in Somaliland with special attention to the role of international actors. The research rests on qualitative fieldwork in different localities in Somaliland. Tobias is interested in state/society relations, processes of state formation, and the organization of public services. Tobias holds an MA in International Development Studies from Roskilde University, Denmark. In his Master thesis, he focused on the role(s) of Hargeisa Egal International Airport in processes of state formation in Somaliland from 1991 to 2014. Moreover, Tobias worked at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies in the Spring 2015 as a part time lecturer.
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