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Department of Development Studies

Ms Diana Felix Da Costa

BA (SOAS), MSc (Groningen/Uppsala)

Overview

Diana Felix da Costa
Department of Development Studies

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Violence, Peace and Development Research Cluster

Research Cluster Member

Migration, Mobility and Development Research Cluster

Research Cluster Member

Development Policy, Aid, Institutions and Poverty Reduction Research Cluster

Research Cluster Member

Name:
Ms Diana Felix Da Costa
Email address:
Thesis title:
Working title: The politics of Murle identity, experiences of violence and of the State in Boma, South Sudan.
Year of Study:
Year of Entry 2011

PhD Research

Current regional focus on South Sudan; anthropology of war and violence; mobility and migration; displacement; state formation and state-society relations; ethnicity; politics of identity and of belonging; liberal peace, peacekeeping and local peacebuilding; qualitative methodologies.

PhD Publications

Chapters in books, journal articles:
  • Felix da Costa, D. 2014. 'Mandates and Risk Aversion', in R. Gowan and A.C. Smith (eds.) What Needs to Change in UN Peace Operations? An expert briefing book prepared for the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations. New York:, Centre on International Cooperation, New York University and International Peace Institute
  • Felix da Costa, D. and C. de Coning, 2014. ‘United Nations Mission in South Sudan’, in J. Koops (eds.) Oxford Handbook of UN Peacekeeping Operations, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Felix da Costa, D. and J. Karlsrud, 2013. ‘Bending the Rules’: The Space Between HQ Policy and Local Action in UN Civilian Peacekeeping, Journal of International Peacekeeping 17: 293-312
  • Felix da Costa, D. and J. Karlsrud, 2013. ‘Invitation Withdrawn: Humanitarian Action, UN Peacekeeping and State Sovereignty in Chad’, invited to submit to a special issue of Disasters 37: S171-S187 on ‘state sovereignty and humanitarian actors’
  • Collinson S., M. Duffield, C.  Berger, D. Felix da Costa and K. Sandstrom, 2013. Paradoxes of Presence: risk management and aid culture in challenging environments, Humanitarian Policy Group, London: Overseas Development Institute
  • Felix da Costa D. and J. Karlsrud, 2012. ‘Contextualising liberal peacebuilding to local circumstances?: UNMISS and local peacebuilding in South Sudan’, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development 7:2  
  • Karlsrud, J. and D. Felix da Costa, 2012. ‘The elusive concept of protection of civilians: A case-study of the United Nations Mission to the Central African Republic and Chad’ in B. de Carvalho & O.J. Sending, The Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft
  • Felix da Costa D. and J. Karlsrud, 2011. ‘Navigating hybrid political orders: balancing peacebuilding in Chad’, Conflict Trends Issue 2011/3
Other published work: articles, policy papers, reports
  • Browne, E., and D. Felix da Costa, 2013. Governance, security and livelihoods in South Sudan. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham
  • Felix da Costa D. 2013. ‘‘We are one, but we are different’: Murle identity and local peacebuilding in Jonglei, South Sudan’, June Policy Brief, Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource  Centre (NOREF), Oslo: NOREF
  • Felix da Costa D., S. Haldrup, J. Karlsrud, F. Rosén, and K. Tarp, 2013. With a little help from my friends: cultural affinity in regional support for capacity development in South Sudan. NUPI Policy Brief  No. 8, Oslo: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
  • Felix da Costa D., S. Haldrup, J. Karlsrud, F. Rosén, and K. Tarp, 2013. Friends in need are friends indeed: Triangular co-operation and twinning for capacity development in South Sudan, NOREF Report, Oslo: NOREF
  • Felix da Costa D., S. Haldrup, J. Karlsrud, F. Rosén, and K. Tarp, 2013. Civilian capacity in the aftermath of conflict A case study of OPEN, DIIS Policy Brief, Copenhagen: Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS)
  • Felix da Costa, D. and C. de Coning, 2013. ‘UNMISS County Support Bases: Peacekeeping–Peacebuilding Nexus at Work?’, Policy Brief 4  Oslo: NUPI
  • Felix da Costa, D. 2013. Working in Challenging Environments: Risk Management and Aid Culture in South Sudan – field report, Humanitarian Policy Group (ODI) and University of Bristol research project, ESRC-DFID grant
  • Karlsrud, J. and D. Felix da Costa, 2012. ‘Offering the diagnosis, but lacking the medicine: UN local peacebuilding-peacekeeping nexus in Haiti’, Policy Brief  Oslo: NUPI
  • Karlsrud, J. and D. Felix da Costa, 2012. ‘Casting the net too deep and too wide? UN local peacebuilding-peacekeeping nexus in South Sudan’, Policy Brief  Oslo: NUPI
  • Felix da Costa, D. and J. Karlsrud, 2012. ‘Moving towards local level peacebuilding? Contextualizing early peacebuilding activities to local circumstances: South Sudan case-study field report’, Security in Practice 5 Oslo: NUPI
  • Felix da Costa, D. and J. Karlsrud, 2012. ‘UN local peacebuilding and transition in Haiti: case-study field report’, Security in Practice 4, Oslo: NUPI
  • Felix da Costa, D. 2012. 'Responses to Intercommunal Violence in Jonglei State', E-International Relations.
  • Felix da Costa, D. 2011. Equity in investment – the challenge of making women’s voices heard:  Examples from agribusiness engagements in Timor-Leste, Justice for the Poor, World Bank (unpublished)
  • Karlsrud, J. and D. Felix da Costa, 2011. ‘The elusive concept of the protection of civilians – a case-study of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT)’, Security in Practice 7, Oslo: NUPI
  • Mello, L. and D. Felix da Costa, 2011. Environmental and socio-economic study of Liquiça district, Timor-Leste, Timor-Leste: Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional y Desarrollo
  • Felix da Costa, D. and J. Karlsrud, 2010. ‘A role for Civil Affairs in community conflict resolution? MINURCAT’s Intercommunity Dialogue Strategy in eastern Chad’, Humanitarian Exchange Magazine no. 48 London: ODI
  • Karlsrud, J. and D. Felix da Costa, 2009. ‘Protection and humanitarian space: a case study of MINURCAT’, Humanitarian Exchange Magazine no. 44 London: ODI

PhD Conferences

Participated in the workshop 'Knowledge, ‘information’ and conflict: What we know, how we know it and what it means', Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Birmingham, Birmongham 7 November 2014

Presented the paper “‘It’s very different from the outside world’: The Culture of Security and Aid Practice in South Sudan”, at the ‘The Political Economy of Peace and Conflict in South Sudan’ workshop Danish Institute of International Studies, Copenhagen, 19-20 September 2013

Affiliations

Associate Researcher, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Teaching

Diana Felix da Costa teaches on the postgraduate course: Issues in Forced Migration