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Reconstruction and Intervention


This group is concerned with examining various kinds of intervention designed by members of the ‘International Community’ in response to the needs of societies emerging from a period of conflict. Examples include Cambodia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Rwanda, Irak and Palestine. What is necessary in order for such interventions to be considered “successful”? What are the major challenges their implementers face? Which actors are involved and what roles do they play? The fact that many interventions fail to achieve their stipulated objectives and instead fuel rather than resolve tensions in the target society is of major importance for policy makers, academics and members of war-torn societies alike. With its interdisciplinary approach, this group is able to explore a variety of aspects of external interventions and how they interplay with the internal dynamics of their target societies. The group aims to support and strengthen ongoing as well as future research projects by providing an active seminar series and it promotes an open exchange of ideas by linking its researchers to larger networks.

Ongoing projects:

Donor Supported Governance Reform in Rwanda. Impact on Local Service Provision. Malin Hasselskog. Sida, 2011-

Massmobilization as Driving Force of Globalized Arab Democratization. Isabell Schierenbeck, Michael Schulz. VR, 2011-

Modern militär professionalism och våldsutövning. Joakim Berndtsson, Karl Ydén ( Handels/GRI). Försvarsmakten, 2011-

All Good Things do not Go Together – Analysing Contradictions between Peacebuilding and Democratization. Joakim Öjendal, Marita Eastmond, Annika Björkdahl (LU), Kristine Höglund (UU), Johanna Mannergen (UI). Sida/Sarec, 2010-

Trying to get it 'just' right: the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and social healing in Cambodia. Alexandra Kent. VR, 2010-

Corruption and Conflict: Links and Everyday Experiences in Post-War Sri Lanka. Camilla Orjuela, Jonas Lindberg (Institutionen för kulturgeografi). Sida, 2010-

Traumatic Experiences, Mental Disorders and Barriers to Care among Young Men and Women in Rwanda. Gunilla Krantz, Lena Andersson (Sahlgrenska akademin), Isabell Schierenbeck. Sida, 2010-

Barriers to Health Care and the Right to Health for Persons with Mental Illness in South Africa. Lena Andersson, Gunilla Krantz (Sahlgrenska akademin), Isabell Schierenbeck. Sida, 2010-

Säkerhet till salu: uppfattningar om hot bland privata säkerhetsföretag. Joakim Berndtsson, Maria Stern. VR, 2009-

The Road to Democracy. Impact of Leadership Guidance. Isabell Schierenbeck, Ulrika Möller (Statsvetenskapliga institutionen). VR, 2008-

Political Topographies of Private Security in the DRC (PhD project). Peer Schouten.

The Governing of Lives through Water Management in eThekwini Municipality, South Africa (PhD project). Sofie Hellberg.

Securing Hope - Regulating the Future: Reading US Security in the Here and Now (PhD project). Claes Wrangel.

Identity and Conflict in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo with regional implications (PhD project). Alida Furaha.

What is Actually Achieved? The Outcomes of Peacebuilding in the DR Congo (PhD project). Meike Lurweg.

Islamists in War Torn Societies – Spoilers or Peacemakers? (PhD project). Carin Berg.

Gendering of Dangers and Safeties in a Divided City (PhD project). Signe Borch.

Understanding Food Insecurity in Rural Female-Headed Households in Rwanda: How They Respond to and Benefit from Strategies Aimed at Eradicating Food Insecurity (PhD project). Marie Jeanne Nzayisenga.


Each research group holds regular seminars where participants meet to develop, analyze and coordinate the various sub-projects. The seminars are normally held on Thursdays.


Internal pages for group members (GUL)

Group leaders:

Jan Backman
E-mail. Tel: 46 (0)31-786 4302

Jens Sörensen
E-mail. Tel: 46 (0)31-786 5947


Page Manager: Research coordinator Isabell Schierenbeck|Last update: 6/4/2012

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