Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I am currently working for Saferworld as their Regional Conflict and Security Advisor for Asia where I am responsible for the management of a number of projects that engage with issues including gender and conflict, community security, justice and security sector reform and research projects. In addition I provide contribution to the development and implementation of Saferworld’s Asia programme strategy and develop relationships with key strategic partners in government, security service providers, civil society, media and the international community in Nepal. Much of this work leads to a contribution to the development and implementation of Saferworld’s advocacy strategies targeting decision-makers and opinion-shapers within our programming and amongst the wider international community.
My previous work across different types of organisations has involved working with former child soldier and ex-combatants, gangs, IDPs and refugees, youth, women, community members, local leaders, government official and politicians. I also work with a number of universities and continue to contribute to academic debate on issues associated with post-conflict reconstruction more generally.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Rwanda, Kosovo, Uganda, Timor-Leste, India, Macedonia, DR Congo, Nepal
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?
Regional Conflict and Security Advisor
How many years professional experience do you have ?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Capacity Building, Evaluation, Monitoring, Program Design, Program Implemenation, Research, Qualitative Skills, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Ex-Combatant Reintegration, Reconciliation, Peace Processes, Counter Insurgency (COIN) and DDR, De-radicalisation of Extremsists, Post-conflict Reconstruction, Social Development, Youth Violence in Transition, Mainstreaming Peacebuilding
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
Bowd, R & Ozerdem, A. (2011), How to Assess Social Reintegration of Ex-combatants, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding (Forthcoming).
Bowd, R (2011), Burning the Bridges and Breaking the Bonds: Social Capital and its Transformative Influence in Relation to Violent Conflict, Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security, Vol 1., No. 1, pp 37-62.
Bowd, R & Chikwanha, A. B. (Eds) (2010), Understanding Africa’s Contemporary Conflicts: Origins, Challenges and Peacebuilding, Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Monograph 173, September 2010
Ozerdem, A & Bowd, R (Eds) (2010), Participatory Research Methodologies, Development and Post-disaster/conflict Reconstruction, Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Bowd, R (2009), Timor-Leste: The IDPs have returned home, but the challenge of reintegration is just beginning, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), 9th December 2009
Bowd, R (2009), Access to Justice in Africa: Comparisons between Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia, Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Policy Briefing No. 13, October 2009
Bowd, R (2009), The Theory and Practice of Criminal Justice in Africa, Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Policy Briefing No. 7, July 2009
Bowd, R. (2009), Status Quo or Revival of Tradition: What is best for Africa’s Criminal Justice Systems?, in the Theory and Practice of Criminal Justice in Africa, Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Monograph 161
Bowd, R (2008), From Combatant to Civilian: The Social Reintegration of ex-combatants in Rwanda and the Implications for Social Capital and Reconciliation, Unpublished PhD Thesis (York: PRDU, University of York, 2008)
Bowd, R. (2008), When Combatants Become Judges: The Role of Ex-Combatants in Gacaca and its affect on the Reintegration and Reconciliation Processes in Rwanda, Institute for Security Studies (ISS) International Conference on Peace and Security in Africa, Addis Ababa, 20-23 February 2008 (Plus in ISS Monograph 173)
Bowd, R. (2007), War on Terror or Religious Cold War? The New Crusades, AHRC Postgraduate Conference ‘Redefining Conflict in Post-Cold War Media’, School of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham, 29-30 March 2007
Bowd, R. (2006), The (non)Transformation of Identity of ex-Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) Combatants through the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) Programme, ECPR Graduate Conference, University of Essex, 7-9 September 2006
Hi Richard, I am originally from Nepal, currently doing PhD in Peace Studies at University of New England Australia. In my project I am looking at social and economic reintegration reintegration of PLA in Nepal. I have gone through your profile and wondering if your thesis is published or would it be possible for you to share the electronic copy -- I m very keen to go thorough it! I will in Nepal in September for a field study and hope to see you in Kathmandu if you are still around.
Yes it does seem we share common interests. I am actually currently writing a contribution for a monograph on Criminal Justice in Africa looking the role of customary justice. I also may be able to help out with sources for your paper on the UN and Rwanda, I have done a lot of research on this area and have just presented a paper at a conference in Addis Ababa on the role of ex-combatants in the Gacaca courts. Let me know what you are looking for and I will see what I can do.
I hope to open a line of communication with you. It seems we share some common interests so I wanted to make my introduction. I'm Chris from New Orleans. I'm studying Comparative legal systems at Tulane Law School and am very interested in Human Rights and ADR, Mediation & Negotiation. Given our common interests this might be a good to start to communication so we can refer to each other in the future. Please take a minute to view my page and leave a message if you like.
P.S. I am currently working on a legal paper about the responsibility of the UN to third parties harmed in the Rwandan Genocide. If you have any insight or can suggest any research materials it would be greatly appreciated. I am currently knee deep in Moeshe Hirche's book on the subject.
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