Simone Datzberger is a Marie-Curie Research Fellow at the AISSR, Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development (GPIO). Her present research project (see Democratization through Education) – which is generously funded by the European Commission – focuses on the role of education in increasing civil agency and voice in the sub-Saharan African context. Previously, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher (research associate) at the UNESCO Centre – Ulster University (School of Education), where she was part of a research consortium in partnership with UNICEF on Education and Peacebuilding. During that time, Simone acted as the lead researcher for the country case study on Uganda (see Peacebuilding and Education).
Simone obtained her PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2010–2014) in International Relations, where she also taught the courses ‘Democracy and Democratization’ and ‘International Organizations’. Her thesis focused on the depoliticization of civil society during the peacebuilding and development process in Sierra Leone from 2007-13.
Prior to her doctoral studies she worked for the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in New York (2007–2010), for which she conducted research and in-depth analysis on several countries in transition from conflict to peace. Over the past decade, Simone has gained extensive field research experience in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Mexico. More information about Simone’s work can be found on her personal website: www.politicsandvoice.com
- Datzberger, Simone (2016): “Peacebuilding through non-formal education programmes. A case study from Karamoja, Uganda.” International Peacekeeping, Online first 29 July 2016 – access here
- Datzberger, Simone (2015): “Peacebuilding and the Depoliticisation of Civil Society: Sierra Leone [2002-2013]” Third World Quarterly, Issue 36 (8), pp. 1592-1609 – access here
- Datzberger, Simone (2015): “Civil Society a Western induced idea(l)? Exploring alternative approaches in sub-Saharan African fragile states.” in: Austrian Journal of Development Studies, Issue: 31 (1) /2015, pp. 13-29 – access here
- Datzberger, Simone (2013): “China’s silent storm in Sierra Leone.” Policy Brief (No 71). South African Institute of International Affairs, SAIIA, August 2013 – access here
- Datzberger, Simone (2012): “Lumpen Youth, Civil War, and Conflict Resolution. Civil Society Before and After the War in Sierra Leone.” in: Journal of Sierra Leonean Studies, Issue 2. (2), 2012, pp. 22-43 – access here
- Datzberger, Simone (2016): “Civil Society as a Postcolonial Project. Challenging Normative Notions of Civil Society in post-conflict Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Dhawan, Nikita; Fink, Elisabeth, Leinius, Johanna; Mageza-Barthel, Rirhandu (eds.): Negotiating Normativity: Postcolonial Appropriations, Contestations and Transformations, Springer US, pp. 79 – 93 – access here
Commissioned research studies, reports and other
- Smith, Alan; Datzberger, Simone and McCully Alan (2016): The Integration of Education into Peacebuilding Processes at Global and Country Levels. Global Synthesis Study: Myanmar, Pakistan, South Africa and Uganda. Ulster University, UNICEF New York. – access here
- Datzberger, Simone; McCully, Alan and Smith, Alan (2015): Education and Peacebuilding in Uganda. Ulster University, UNICEF New York. – access here
- Datzberger, Simone and Denison, Mark (2013): Private Sector Development in Fragile States, EPS-PEAKS UK, Department for International Development DFID UK and Overseas Development Institute ODI UK. – access here
- Ainley, Kirsten; Datzberger, Simone; Friedman Rebekka and Mahony Chris (eds.) (2013): “10 Years On. Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone.” In: International Relations Public Conference: Ten Years On: Sierra Leone’s Post-Conflict Transition, 11 December 2012, Goodenough College, London, UK: LSE International Relations Department, Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP), LSE-eprints. – access here
Blog posts and op-eds
- June 2015 “Uganda: Digging for Social Justice in Karamoja”, Co-authored with Tenywa Aloysius Malagala, LSE Africa, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2015/06/08/uganda-digging-for-social-justice-in-karamoja/,
- Feb 2014 “From Peace-building towards Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Sierra Leone’s Future”, Co-authored with Viviane Dittrich and Luisa Enria, LSE Africa, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2014/02/14/from-peace-building-towards-development-opportunities-and-challenges-for-sierra-leones-future/,
- Jan 2014 “Building Inner Peace: Yoga’s transformative effect on peacebuilding efforts in war-torn societies”, LSE Africa, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2014/01/20/building-inner-peace-yogas-transformative-effect-on-peacebuilding-efforts-in-war-torn-societies/#more-4986,
- April 2013 “Modern Slavery: Why dehumanizing ‘the other’ concerns all of us”, LSE IDEAS, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/ideas/2013/04/modern-slavery-why-dehumanizing-the-other-concerns-all-of-us/,
- Dec 2012 “When torture becomes a cultural habit: calling for an end to Female Genital Mutilation”, LSE Africa, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2012/12/04/when-torture-becomes-a-cultural-habit-calling-for-an-end-to-female-genital-mutilation/,
- Sept 2012 “Freetown’s “Ajekuleh”: Where the Good, the Bad and the Ugly revive memories of a tragic past”, LSE Africa, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2012/09/07/freetowns-ajekuleh-where-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-revive-memories-of-a-tragic-past/,
- June 2012 “Far from being victims, women’s networks have led the way in campaigning for peace and justice”, LSE Africa, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2012/06/12/far-from-being-victims-womens-networks-have-led-the-way-in-campaigning-for-peace-and-justice/,
- March 2012 “Virtually Constructing Awareness Campaigns – Restrictions of ‘Viral’ Global Public Discourse – Kony2012”, LSE Africa and LSE IDEAS See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2012/03/19/virtually-constructing-awareness-campaigns-restrictions-of-viral-global-public-discourse-kony2012/,
- Feb 201 “In the aftermath of the Fourth High Level Forum in Busan – Reflections on the Effectiveness of Aid”, LSE IDEAS, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/ideas/2012/02/in-the-aftermath-of-the-fourth-high-level-forum-in-busan-reflections-on-the-effectiveness-of-aid/,
- Dec 2011 “Sierra Leone: Barefoot Soldiers for Social Justice, Food Security and Peace”, LSE IDEAS, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/ideas/2011/12/sierra-leone-barefoot-soldiers-for-social-justice-food-security-and-peace/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook,
- Aug 2011 “Sierra Leone: Voices to the Youth – ‘We can see the light but we are not working”, LSE IDEAS, See: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/ideas/2011/08/sierra-leone-voices-to-the-youth-‘we-can-see-the-light-but-we-are-not-working’/,
Conferences and invited talks
Debating Development. What future for democracy? University of Antwerp, 25 October 2016, Keynote Lecture: The role of education in peacebuilding and democratization processes.
NAD2016 – The Nordic Africa Days, Uppsala, 23-24 September 2016– Paper: Just add women and stir? Gender, Education and Peacebuilding in Uganda. (together with Marielle Le Mat).
Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding. UNICEF – Learning for Peace. Research Dissemination Event. Amsterdam, 22-24 April 2016 – Presentation of Research Report: Education and Peacebuilding in Uganda.
Silence in times of transition. Workshop for a Special Issue (Social and Legal Studies), at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh 8 April 2016 – Paper: The role of education in reconciliation processes. On the consequences of silencing the past in Ugandan Schools.
ISA (International Studies Association) – Annual Convention, Atlanta, 16-19 March 2016 Exploring Peace – Paper: Alternative Basic Education and its Potentials to Build Positive Peace. Case Study: Karamoja (Uganda)
CIES (Comparative and International Education Society) – Annual Conference, Vancouver, 6-10 March 2016 – Panel convener: The Role of Education in Building Sustainable Peace: Taking Stock and Looking Forward. – Paper: The Integration of Education into Peacebuilding Processes at Global and Country Levels. Global Synthesis Study: Myanmar, Pakistan, South Africa and Uganda. (together with Prof. Alan Smith)
World Bank Group: Conflict and Violence Forum 2016, “SDGs for All. Taking Action for peaceful and inclusive societies.” 1-3 March 2016, Washington – Presentation of Research Report: The Integration of Education into Peacebuilding Processes at Global and Country Levels. Global Synthesis Study: Myanmar, Pakistan, South Africa and Uganda.
Education and violent conflict – Lessons from Ireland and Africa. 2 October 2015, Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Education Study Group. Dublin. – Paper: Education and Peacebuilding in Uganda. (together with Dr. Alan McCully, Ulster University)
Cambridge Peace Education Research Group, 23-25 September, Where now for Peace Education? Theory and Praxis for the 21st Century. Cambridge University – Paper: Alternative Basic Education and its Potentials to Build Positive Peace. Case Study: Karamoja (Uganda)
BISA (British International Studies Association) – Anniversary Conference, London 16-19 June, The Worlds of Inequalities. – Paper: Peacebuilding and the Depoliticisation of Civil Society: Sierra Leone [2002-2013].
Conducting Field Research in Conflict and Post-Conflict Zones. King’s College London, War Studies Department, London. 4 June 2014 – Invited Guest Speaker about my research experiences in Sierra Leone
ISA (International Studies Association) – Annual Convention, Toronto, 26-29 March, 2014, Spaces and Places. Geopolitics in an Era of Globalization.– Paper: Correlations and Intersections of Modern Slavery and State Fragility in sub-Saharan Africa.
Knowing Development. 2nd Nordic Conference for Development Studies, 14-15 November 2013, Espoo Finland – Paper: Re-conceptualising the idea and notion of civil society in sub-Saharan African fragile states.
ISA (International Studies Association) – Annual Convention, San Francisco, 3 – 6 April, 2013, Theme: The Politics of International Diffusion: Regional and Global Dimensions.– Paper: Peacebuilding and Development Priorities in post-war Sierra Leone. Towards a Hybrid Agenda for Peace and Development? – Paper: Civil Society as a postcolonial project. Challenging normative notions of civil society in post-conflict sub-Saharan Africa.
Inaugural Conference for Peacebuilding, “New Frontiers for Peacebuilding: Hybridity, Governance, and Local Agency”, 13 – 14 September, 2012, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), The University of Manchester – Paper: Peacebuilding and Development Priorities in post-war Sierra Leone. Towards a Hybrid Agenda for Peace and Development?
CISS-Keynote Conference – Prague, June 24-26, 2012, Theme: Between the Global and the Local: Actors, Institutions and Processes: – Paper: Civil Society in post-conflict sub-Saharan Africa: Local dynamics for sustainable peace and development
BISA – ISA Joint Conference – Edinburgh, June 20-22, 2012, Panel: Liberal African Localism – Paper: Civil Society in post-conflict sub-Saharan Africa: Local dynamics for sustainable peace and development
ISA (International Studies Association) – Annual Convention, San Diego, April 1-4, 2012, Theme: Power, Principles and Participation in the Global Information Age – Paper: The Impact of the Global Civilian ‘Public Sphere’ on War-Torn Societies in Sub-Saharan Africa
Liverpool Hope University, Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace, Theme: Post-Conflict Peacebuilding and Reconstruction in Societies, Emerging from Conflict – Paper: Civil Society as a Liberal Peace Project?