Research activities

Appointment summary

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford (Faculty of Law), 2020–present.
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bristol (Global Insecurities Centre), 2019.
Senior Research Associate, University of Bristol (SPAIS), 2016–19.
Project Officer, University of Bristol (EU-CIVCAP), 2016–18.

Principal Investigator, Local International, ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (ES/S011439/1), 2019.
Principal Investigator, Peace and Reconciliation, PolicyBristol Support Scheme, 2019.
Co-Investigator, Resilient Peace, WUN RDF, 2018.
Co-Investigator, Communicating inclusive EU civilian capabilities, ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, 2018.
Co-Investigator, PeaceCapacity, ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, 2017–18.
Project Officer, EU-CIVCAP, EU Horizon 2020 (#653227), 2016–18.

Visiting Fellow, Harvard University, 2016.
Visiting Academic, University of Auckland, 2015.
Visiting Scholar, University of Sydney, 2014.

Previous grants

  • ESRC (SWDTP Postdoctoral Fellowship), Local International: State-society relations and international-local interactions in post-war states, ES/S011439/1, £101,017, 2019, Principal Investigator.

  • PolicyBristol (Support Scheme), Peace and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Reflections 10 years after the end of the war, £1,096, 2019, Principal Investigator.

  • WUN (Research Development Fund), Resilient Peace: Exploring resilient peacebuilding actors, cultures and policy transfer in West Africa, £33,663, 2018, Co-Investigator.

  • ESRC (University of Bristol Impact Acceleration Account), Communicating inclusive EU civilian capabilities for conflict prevention and peacebuilding, £5,000, 2018, Co-Investigator.

  • ESRC (University of Bristol Impact Acceleration Account), PeaceCapacity: Building capacities in civil society for inclusive peace processes in the Horn of Africa and the Western Balkans, £20,000, 2017–18, Co-Investigator.


I am a Postdoctoral Researcher on the Faculty of Law’s “Voices from the civil conflict in Cameroon” pilot project. My role is to co-design and establish the research project, its working theories and its methodology, and to conduct qualitative fieldwork interviews in Cameroon, as well as leading on applications for further grant funding to extend and upscale the project. I work collaboratively with Dr Roxana Willis (PI) and Barrister Mbinkar Caroline (Co-I), amongst a wider project team.

My current research, which is fieldwork-led, considers the interplay between civil society, the state and external actors in post-war states including Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. I was most recently an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the at the Global Insecurities Centre. Previously I was the Co-Investigator of the Resilient Peace project, which was funded by the WUN RDF, and the Co-Investigator for an ESRC IAA impact project called PeaceCapacity. I was also the Project Officer and Senior Research Associate for the Horizon 2020 research project “Preventing and Responding to Conflict: Developing Civilian Capabilities for a Sustainable Peace” (EU-CIVCAP). PeaceCapacity’s work was based on EU-CIVCAP’s research findings.

Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

Chapters in edited volumes

  • Algar-Faria, G. (2015), “Terrorism and ethics”, in: Caroline Kennedy-Pipe, Gordon Clubb and Simon Mabon (eds.), Terrorism and Political Violence (London: SAGE), 18–32.

Book reviews and reply articles


Training handbooks

Policy briefings

Conference and workshop papers

  • British International Studies Association Annual Conference, London, UK, 19 June 2015, paper entitled: “NGOs, global inequalities and the theoretical-empirical disconnect”.

  • BISA@40 Protest, Social Movements and Democracy Workshop, London, UK, 16 June 2015, paper entitled: “Everyday resistance and spaces for civil society in Sri Lanka 2011-14”.

  • International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, USA, 21 February 2015, paper entitled: “Reconceptualising state-civil society links in an age of liberal exhaustion”.

  • Researching Conflict: Methods and Ethics Workshop, Bristol, UK, 20 January 2015, paper entitled: “Learning by doing in Sri Lanka”.

  • British International Studies Association Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 19 June 2014, paper entitled: “Representing nobody: Liberal exhaustion, NGOs and the UN in post-war Sri Lanka”.

  • International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada, 26 March 2014, paper entitled: “”Then and There” versus “Here and Now”: The Collapse of Time, Space, Agency and Sovereignty in Post-Interventionary Societies”.

  • International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, USA, 4 April 2013, paper entitled: “From centralised leadership to the diffusion of power: the case of Sri Lanka post-2009”.

  • Global Insecurities Conference, Leeds, UK, 6 September 2011, paper entitled: “Teetering on the brink: The events of 2010-11 and what they mean for relations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”.


Invited speaker

  • Bristol Hub, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 2 March 2017, talk entitled: “The Case Against Voluntourism” [click for audio recording].

  • Center for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, 19 October 2015, lecture entitled: “The UN and post-war Sri Lanka”, accompanying blog article available on Blog of War.

  • National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 21 July 2015, seminar entitled: “The UNHRC and Sri Lanka: Determining the Health of the Global Human Rights Regime”.

  • School of Social Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 15 July 2015, seminar entitled: “Exhaustion and Resilience in Sri Lankan Civil Society”, accompanying blog article available on Pacific Outlier.

  • TEDxUniversityofKent, University of Kent, UK, 30 May 2015, TEDx Talk entitled: “Human Rights: How urgent are they?”.

  • Leeds University Union, University of Leeds, UK, 14 October 2014, lecture entitled: “How I became a conflict researcher: The challenges of working in post-war environments”.

  • Sydney Ideas, University of Sydney, Australia, 22 September 2014, lecture entitled: “Talking About Peace in Sri Lanka”.

  • Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, University of Queensland, Australia, 12 S eptember 2014, seminar entitled: “The illiberal effects of liberal peacebuilding in Sri Lanka”.

  • Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, Australia, 13 August 2014, lecture entitled: “Peace and Justice in Sri Lanka”.

  • Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University, UK, 30 April 2013, lecture entitled: “North Korea’s security-peace nexus: Exploring a paradoxical state”.

  • Ustinov College, Durham University, UK, 21 February 2013, lecture entitled: “Bargaining for Survival: The Rationale Behind North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Programme”.

  • School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds, UK, 12 July 2011, lecture entitled: “North Korea’s behavioural patterns”.

Interviews for media articles


At the University of Bristol I currently supervise Masters dissertations on conflict prevention and peacebuilding, broadly.

At the University of Bristol I have previously taught:

  • POLIM1007 Conflict, Security and Development (PGT, 2015-16, TB2; 2016–17, TB2; 2018–19 TB2).

  • SPAI20004 Contemporary International Relations (UG, 2014–15, TB1).

  • Study Skills (UG & PGT, 2013-14, TB2; UG, 2014–15, TB1).

  • SPAI10001 Introduction to International Relations (UG, 2013–14, TB1).

At the University of Sydney I have previously taught as a guest lecturer:

  • PACS6917 Religion, War and Peace (PGT, 2014, Semester 2).

  • PACS6927 Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding (PGT, 2014, Semester 2).

At the University of Leeds I have previously facilitated as a student-led discussion leader:

  • PIED1511 International Politics (UG, 2010-11, Semesters 1 & 2).

Other teaching

I occasionally teach on the Access to Bristol course and deliver other Widening Participation activities, such as Realising Opportunities and Virtually University.

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