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I am a doctoral student at the University of Sussex, UK. In 2007 I received an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, and since completing an MA in the Anthropology of Conflict, Violence and Conciliation at the University of Sussex in 2008 I have developed a keen interest in the ways in which forced migrants understand and articulate their experiences of conflict and violence, and how they interact with international and national human rights and development discourses.
Upon being awarded Economic and Social Research Council funding in 2009 I have completed an MSc in Cross-Cultural and Comparative Research Methods (2010). I am now in the third year of my DPhil, having conducted 21 months of fieldwork in Uganda focusing upon the ‘Structures of Suffering’ of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. My ethnographic research explores the ways in which Congolese refugees imagine, articulate and frame their experiences of violence and forced migration in the Great Lakes region, and how these ‘structures of suffering’ come to be enmeshed within an international and national ‘refugee regime’ of human rights, laws and policies. My work explores how refugees experience, appropriate, resist and transform these different discourses, and thereby addresses local definitions and understandings of loss, persecution, violence, voice and rights.
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Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Democratic Republic of Congo
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
DPhil Candidate in Departments of Anthropology and Development Studies, University of Sussex
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Civil Society, Culture, Development, Human Rights, Humanitarian Relief, Psychosocial, Refugees, Rule of Law, Youth
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Research, Qualitative Skills
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