SOAS University of London

SOAS scholar to discuss the role of borderland regions in war to peace transitions

21 May 2018

SOAS University of London in partnership with International Alert will host an event on the findings from a two-year collaborative research project on the role of borderland regions in war to peace transitions led by Professor Jonathan Goodhand.

The event will include the presentation and discussion of comparative findings and policy implications of the ESRC funded ‘Borderlands, brokers and peacebuilding in Sri Lanka and Nepal: War to peace transitions viewed from the margins’ project.  The comic ‘Living on the Margins’ is based on the research findings, developed in collaboration with PositiveNegatives, will also be exhibited at the event. The comic (image below) includes stories of post-war brokers, including Basil, a humanitarian broker and Hasanah, who campaigns for the rights of Muslim women.


The ‘Borderlands’ project aims to generate a better understanding of the political and economic dynamics of peace processes with a view to improving state building and peacebuilding interventions in post-war contexts in South Asia and beyond. The project was carried out in Sri Lanka and Nepal by researchers from SOAS, University of Bath (UK), Centre for Poverty Analysis (Sri Lanka), Martin Chautari (Nepal) and International Alert.

Key speakers:

  • Keynote: Harriet Lamb, CEO, International Alert
  • Findings from the field: Martin Chautari Institute, Nepal and Centre for Poverty Analysis, Sri Lanka)
  • Comparative findings and policy implications: short insights by Jonathan Goodhand, Oliver Walton & Markus Mayer
  • Respondents: Zahbia Yousuf (Peacebuilding Editor and Analyst, Conciliation Resources), Sunil Bastian (Independent Researcher) & Steve Ainsworth (Senior Conflict and Stabilisation Advisor, UK Government)

The event will be held on 23 May from 2.30pm. For further details visit the event pages.